About Gary and Hayley: My sweetheart Gary and I have some key traits that we love about each other: We both love thoughtful films, worthwhile theater, a dynamic symphony, relaxing beaches, exhilarating travel, stellar wine, delicious food, and bringing new and old friends together over a meal in our home.
We moved to the Big Island of Hawaii, up from Kona in the Mauna Lani property, three years ago and have never looked back. We do continue to work in Dallas and celebrate our non-profit organization, Dallas Uncorked, and return to the mainland often to host wine and film events throughout the country for private and corporate clients, and are devoted to helping various charities like Charity:Water, The Stewpot, The Birthday Party Project, and more.
We hope you will follow our adventures, and take some hints, suggestions, and ideas with you.
About Hayley Hamilton Cogill, CS/CSW :
Wine, spirits and travel writer, consultant, speaker and educator, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, CS/CSW is Co-founder of Cogill Consulting, and Founder & President of Dallas Uncorked, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit wine education organization founded in 2004.
A Certified Sommelier and Certified Specialist of Wine, after fifteen years as an executive in the television industry, Hayley left the corporate world as Vice President for The Nielsen Company in 2010 to focus solely on wine, food and travel, writing for the city magazine of Dallas, TX, D Magazine. From 2012-2015 Hayley contributed a weekly wine and spirits segment on the lifestyle television program “The Broadcast” on KTXD-TV/Dallas, moving on to her current role hosting wine segments on KXAS-TV/NBC Dallas in 2016.She and her husband, film critic, Gary Cogill, are partners in producing a weekly podcast for reVolver Podcasts, “Cogill Wine & Film: A Perfect Pairing.” After their move to Hawaii both also began contributing to the newspaper of the Big Island, West Hawaii Today. Additionally, Hayley freelances for various other publications, radio and television shows.
Hayley is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International-Dallas, serving on the board in 2015-2016; the Society of Wine Educators; and the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association.
She has tasted some of the best wine in the world, traveling extensively to the many of the greatest wine regions on the planet, always seeking that completely perfect glass. #EveryGlassIsAnAdventure
About Gary Cogill: Gary is an Emmy award-winning journalist and a three-time Katie award winner, and now the managing partner and producer of Lascaux Films in Dallas, a major film production company started in October 2010. For 24 years he served as the film critic for WFAA-TV in Dallas (ABC), reviewed more than 10,000 films and conducted more than 20,000 interviews with actors, writers, and directors. Gary sat down with the biggest names in the business including the likes of Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, Stephen Spielberg and Clint Eastwood. His favorite films include “To Kill A Mockingbird”, “Schindler’s List”, and “Waiting For Guffman” (which he considers to be a comic masterpiece). Gary, along with Tim Robbins and Kate Winslet, are devoted Guffmanites. Gary also built a solid reputation with viewers covering the rapid growth of the Texas arts scene. He produced news features about Maestro Jaap Van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the opening of the Winspear Opera House & Wyly Theatre.
Gary’s voice is also familiar. He has, over the years, been the voice for hundreds of characters for radio, television and animation. He is an avid fly fisherman, a voracious reader, considers cooking an art form and jogging a life saver. He grew up in Portland, Oregon where he sat thru “Lawrence of Arabia” four nights in a row as a ten year old.