Gracious feedback from some of our past clients on Gary and Hayley’s work:
“One of the best events we have ever had” I kept hearing over and over from our residents at Mirador Retirement Community. And I understood why. If there is one thing to be said about Gary and Hayley Cogill is that they “fill the room.” I do not mean that they bring people out to an event, they do, but their personalities and passion for what they do is unmistakable. It is infectious. With Gary’s keen eye for film and Hayley’s passion for wine, it is hard to not get caught up in the moment! As Gary takes you through some of the Oscar nominees and describes why they were nominated, you start to see film through a different lens. Then Hayley, having paired 6 different wines with our Chef’s cuisine, explains what you will taste and why you will taste different things in each wine. Being a sommelier, it would be easy to overwhelm the audiences, but Hayley has a way of bringing the wine to you in a less complex way, leaving you feeling educated.
Gary and Hayley have a love for each other that shines through and flows over into their two passions, wine and the movies. So, if you are looking to entertain and leave your guests with a bigger smile on their faces than they walked in, the Cogill’s are a must see!” – Shay Wallace, Director of Sales and Marketing, Mirador Retirement Community, Corpus Christi, TX
“Hayley is an incredible wealth of knowledge when it comes to the wine & spirits world. As the executive producer of a daytime talk show in Dallas, we often called upon Hayley to teach our hosts & viewers all about the beverages they love. Whether it was a segment about wine, or deliciously tasty cocktail recipes, Hayley was always willing to go the distance to make her segments shine. We could always count on her & her effervescent personality. She’s engaging, and would always surprise us with some tidbit (or many tidbits) of knowledge that we and our viewers could use.” – Stuart Boslow, WJXT-TV/Jacksonville, Former Executive Producer of “The Broadcast,” KTXD-TV/Dallas
“Hayley, we really appreciated your coordinating our (wine tasting) event. Everyone had a GREAT time, and are still talking about it today. I really appreciate the time and effort you put into the teaching points for mastering the restaurant wine list. There are pointers there that were useful not just to those in attendance but to others that were not able to make the event, that I think will benefit our organization for years to come. Your wine selection was wonderful (I have picked up a couple of those bottles since) and the food pairings were fantastic. (I found the treat of the remaining short rib this weekend and had the opportunity to enjoy it again – magnifique!) Again thank you all for hosting a wonderful event. The hospitality you and Gary showed helped me to focus on our arrived guests while more came in. Such a big help!
We will keep you on mind for future events, and I will reach out to you when I head to Oregon later this year for thoughts on ‘must visit’ wineries.” – Randy Sutherlin, SW Risk, Dallas, TX
“Gary Cogill is a tried and true friend of Kappa Alpha Theta and a champion of our fundraising efforts for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). As a master of ceremonies or headliner, Gary captivates, enthralls, and entertains his audience with insightful behind-the-scenes stories gathered from years of celebrity interviews and personal experience. A brilliant storyteller, Gary’s intelligence, passion, humor, and wit will have you laughing and crying, and always yearning to hear more. It has been my pleasure to work with one of Dallas’s most talented and generous all-around good guys. Gary is one of a kind!” – Barbara Cervin, Kappa Alpha Theta, Dallas, TX
“I enjoy wine and have been a regular traveler to wine growing regions around the world. I thought I knew the Napa Valley well after traveling there consistently most of my life. In January of 2014 my wife and I visited Napa with some friends on an itinerary designed and led by Hayley Cogill that showed me a new way to look at the region. We started in Carneros where Hayley discussed the alluvial soils and tasted the wines that benefited most from it. We attended a blending where we could taste Cabernet from all of the 15 soils of the valley. After the tasting our group decided that we were especially enjoying the Howell Mountain wines. The next day we toured Howell Mountain exclusively as expected guests of wineries that Hayley had called the previous day. We returned with wines for our cellar that we really understood and could explain to our guests when serving them at home. The accommodations, restaurants and transportation were all handled by Hayley and perfectly suited our groups tastes.” – Shannan and Dianne Pratt, Dallas, TX
“There is something completely special every time you travel with Hayley. She captures a “feeling” in the travel that is hard to explain. Whether it be where you stay, the wineries you visit, the friends you go with or the people you meet along the way the entire experience is one of a kind. You’ll leave happy but dreaming of when and how she can book you another trip for you!” – Shelly Fitzgerald, Wine Buyer/Sommelier, Seattle, WA
“I’ve been fortunate to see Gary speak as both a public speaker and event host. His ability to engage and captivate a crowd through the telling of stories is exceptional. Add on his honest, humble and humorous style and the result is an audience that only wants more. Gary can carry an audience as the keynote speaker or slip easily into the role as emcee. No matter the role or the audience, Gary will surpass expectations on every occasion.” – Chris Kleinert, Co-Founder, Executives In Action, Dallas, TX
“I have had the pleasure of experiencing the wine country with Hayley as our guide, both on a girls trip and a couples adventure. Her exceptional knowledge, impressive connections in the business, and ability to customize any situation made each trip rich and enjoyable. I learned a lot and had so much fun each time. I would highly recommend Hayley to guide anyone wanting to explore the wine country, regardless of your level of experience or which location you choose!” – Erin Waks, Austin, TX
“Hayley Hamilton Cogill is a class act. She shares her wealth of knowledge with guests in a friendly and approachable style yet sets a tone of exclusivity with her deep connections to wineries around the world. Hayley has southern charm paired with exceptional wine knowledge, making her the perfect first class concierge for your wine tasting event. You are sure to have a memorable, one of a kind experience either in your home, your business or traveling with her.” – Deb Knapp, KATU-TV, Portland, OR
“We couldn’t have imagined a more memorable occasion for our first trip to Napa. From the relaxed atmosphere of Miner Family Vineyards to the historical Chateau Montelena, each step of our excursion was carefully crafted and customized to our tastes. Culinary treats abound, vintages flowing, beautiful places to “take-in”, and the Meadowood to rejuvenate…Hayley, you didn’t miss a step! Thank you.” – Monica and Derrick Evers, Dallas, TX
“The joy of traveling to Napa, Sonoma and Willamette was greatly enhanced by traveling with Hayley. Under her management, the wineries are superb, the logistics are perfect, all while enjoying wonderful and entertaining company. Hayley is extremely knowledgeable, ensuring that you not only appreciate the wine, you understand it as well.” – Don & Ellen Winspear, Dallas, TX
“There is no better way to experience wine country! Hayley’s expertise and relationships in the industry are something every traveler will appreciate.” – Amy Vanderoef, Dallas, TX