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Wine Spectator’s New York Wine Experience Concludes With Mel Dick Receiving Top Award

October 24, 2016

 

Wine Spectator’s 2016 New York Wine Experience capped off on Saturday night with industry icon Mel Dick receiving the Distinguished Service Award at the Grand Banquet.

Dick has been a leading figure in the wine business for nearly six decades, and has spent more than 40 years building Southern Wine & Spirits’ wine unit into an unparalleled force.

When Dick joined Southern as general sales manager of the distributor’s wine division in 1969, the unit’s annual sales were less than $900,000. As president of the wine division of the recently-formed Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, Dick now heads an operation with sales in excess of $6 billion.

“What Robert Mondavi and Ernest Gallo were to wine production, Mel Dick has been to wine distribution. A giant in the field,” said M. Shanken Communications chairman Marvin R. Shanken in presenting the award.

Not long after Dick was honored, the wine industry’s signature event closed on an even higher note, as Huey Lewis and the News took the stage, wowing the crowd with their vast array of hits from years past. Then, in a surprise appearance that thrilled the audience, rock legend Sting joined Lewis for a song, following up on an acoustic number he performed earlier in the day during the Wine Experience’s afternoon seminar.

Proceeds from the Wine Experience support the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation, which funds educational institutions and student scholarships in the fields of wine, food and hospitality. The Scholarship Foundation has raised $20 million to date.

Wine Spectator’s 2017 New York Wine Experience will be held from October 19-21 at the Marriott Marquis. Tickets go on sale in February.

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