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Wine Spectator Magazine Honors Southern Glazer’s Wine Guru, Mel Dick, with Distinguished Service Award

Wine Division President Recognized for Expanding the Wine Palette of Generations of Americans

Monday, September 26, 2016 9:00 am EDT

.@sgwinespirits Mel Dick receives the @WineSpectator Distinguished Service Award. #wine #guru

MIAMI & DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (“Southern Glazer’s”)—the largest North American wine and spirits distribution company—today announced that Wine Spectator magazine has bestowed its 2016 Distinguished Service Award to Mel Dick, Senior Vice President of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and President of the Company’s Wine Division. Wine Spectator presents its Distinguished Service Award to individuals who have made significant and long-lasting contributions to the wine industry. Mr. Dick is recognized for expanding the American wine market and his support of educational programs that were instrumental in professionalizing wine service and sales in the United States. He will receive his award at the Grand Award Banquet at this year’s Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience on October 22, 2016.

Mr. Dick took a position as a General Sales Manager for Southern Wine & Spirits in 1969 and took the reins of the Company’s wine portfolio. In 1976 he became President of the Wine Division, and in 1984 he became a partner in the Company. He is credited with building Southern’s wine business from the bottom up – establishing all aspects of the wine trade including relationships with domestic and foreign suppliers, and introducing more sophisticated wines to the American marketplace. In time, selling premium-priced domestic and imported wine brands emerged as the single most important engine of growth for the Company. Mr. Dick also pioneered the Company’s wine education program, creating the most knowledgeable sales staff in the business. Today, Southern Glazer’s has more certified wine experts than any other North American wine and spirits distributor.

"From the earliest days, when I moved to Miami, I believed in the importance of wine,” commented Harvey Chaplin, Chairman of Southern Glazer’s. “Mel was the person who convinced us that we could start a wine business and we told him to go ahead and build it – and that’s exactly what he did. Mel also brought premium bottled water to America and our portfolio in the late 1970s. He is a true industry pioneer and his impact on our business has been phenomenal.”

“The American wine market as we know it exists because of Mel Dick,” said Wayne Chaplin, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. “He established Southern Glazer’s reputation as a leader in wine sales, and he’s not done yet. There are many more exciting things to come related to our wine business and I’m confident he’ll continue to innovate in ways the industry has never seen.”

Mr. Dick is the recipient of numerous awards from the wine and spirits industry throughout the world. In 2001 he received the prestigious Legion of Honor, France’s highest honor, for his outstanding contribution to the French wine and champagne, spirits and water industry and was elevated to Officier de la Legion D’Honneur in October 2010. In 2013, the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University opened a new Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Lab. The lab is a fully-operational restaurant that serves as an on-site laboratory in which students can get the experience of operating a restaurant without having to leave campus. The lab features a two-story wine tower named after Mel Dick, with temperature-controlled wine cabinets and space for approximately 1,400 bottles.

To read the complete Wine Spectator profile on Mel Dick and learn more about his achievements visit

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Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is North America’s largest wine and spirits distributor, and the preeminent data insights company for alcoholic beverages. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean, and employs more than 20,000 team members. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information visit Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @sgwinespirits and on Facebook at



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