The Tasting Panel magazine

April 2011

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THE MESSAGE Whether THE TASTING PANEL goes to the brand execs or the brands call us, there is an abundance of news to report, from the latest releases to behind-the-scenes experiences with some of the world’s most infl uential importers, winemakers, distillers . . . well, you name it. Brief Encounters We may not have enough pages in each issue to devote as much attention as we would like to each person whose path we cross, but please note that if it’s in the publication, we deem it noteworthy —Meridith May, Publisher & Executive Editor An Offi cer and a Gentleman M el Dick, President of the Wine Division & Senior Vice President of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, has been elevated to Offi cier of the Legion of Honor. The honor- able Gaël de Maisonneuve, Consul General of France in Miami, offi cially presented the title in early February during a ceremony at the French Consulate in Miami. The French Republic fi rst recognized Mel Dick in 2000 with the distinction of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. This honor was bestowed in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the French wine, champagne, spirits and water industries. French President Nicolas Sarkozy confi rmed Mel Dick’s elevation to Offi cier when he signed an offi cial decree on October 28, 2010. This honor serves as a sign of France’s appreciation for Mel Dick’s dedication and contributions to the advancement of France and its culture. Created by Napoléon Bonaparte in 1802, the Legion of Honor is the highest honor given by the French government. It acknowledges outstanding military and civil service and can be bestowed on foreigners as well as French citizens. “It has been an honor and pleasure to live a life of wine, spirits and mineral water and to be associated with the wonderful people who make up our great beverage industry all over the world,” Mel Dick tells THE TASTING PANEL. “I am honored to once again be recognized by the French Republic with my elevation to Offi cier de La Légion d’Honneur.” 16 / the tasting panel / april 201 1 Gaël de Maisonneuve, Consul General of France in Miami, with Mel & Bobbi Dick. PHOTO: BUSINESS WIRE

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