GUERNEVILLE (RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY), Calif., March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Travel Industry Association (CalTIA) has named Gary Heck of Korbel Champagne Cellars its 2007 Wine Maker of the Year. The honor was bestowed on March 12, 2007 at the Association's annual California Celebration Dinner in Sacramento. Korbel's President and Chairman of the Board, Heck was honored for bringing Korbel champagne to prominence; under his leadership Korbel has become the best-selling premium champagne in America. He also is responsible for raising awareness of California wine and the California wine country around the world through Korbel's participation in many of America's premier celebrations, including the last six Presidential Inaugurations, the 1996, 2000 and 2002 Olympic Games, and its sponsorship of the 2002 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Teams. In receiving CalTIA's Wine Maker of the Year honors, he joins seven previous recipients, among them Robert Mondavi of Mondavi Winery, Paul Draper of Ridge Vineyards and Ed Sbragia of Beringer Vineyards. Established in 1981, the California Travel Industry Association is the official voice of the California travel industry. An independent, non-profit organization, CalTIA unifies California's myriad travel-related businesses, and serves as the industry's catalyst and voice through its educational, political and promotional initiatives. "Recognition by the California Travel Industry Association is a true honor," Heck said. "Wine is one of the reasons California is a world-class destination and it's great to be acknowledged. Established in 1882, Korbel Champagne Cellars produces America's favorite premium champagne. Owned and managed the Heck family since 1954, Korbel currently makes a range of champagnes and a limited amount of still wine at its winery in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley. In a separate facility, Korbel produces one of the United States' most respected brandies. Celebrate responsibly.
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