Korbel Named American Winery of the Year at 2008 Wine Star Awards

Feb 03, 2009, 06:00 ET from Korbel Champagne Cellars

GUERNEVILLE (RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY), Calif., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Korbel Champagne Cellars has been honored as American Winery of the Year at the 2008 Wine Star Awards. The award was accepted by Korbel President and Owner Gary Heck at the 9th Annual Wine Star Awards gala dinner, held January 26th in New York City.

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In announcing the award, Wine Enthusiast Magazine observed, "Korbel has achieved something few American wineries have -- not just longevity, but something even more elusive: supreme brand recognition. Indeed, the name 'Korbel' has become associated in the consumer's mind with reliability, trustworthiness and affordability, which are the main reasons why Korbel leads the premium sparkling wine category in America."

Wine Enthusiast Magazine created the annual Wine Star Awards to recognize leaders in the crafting, marketing and distribution of wine and spirits worldwide, and highlight achievements of the past year. Five wineries were nominated for American Winery of the Year in 2008. Joining Korbel as nominees were J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Shafer Vineyards and Sineann.

"To be chosen as American Winery of the Year is a rare honor and a singular acknowledgment of everyone's efforts here at Korbel," commented Gary Heck. "Each of the nominees was worthy of this award; the caliber of excellence represented by this group shows how competitive the American wine industry has become."

Wine Enthusiast Magazine has been a respected source of news and information on wine, food, spirits, travel and entertaining since 1988. Headquartered in Mt. Kisco, New York, the magazine has a circulation of 90,000.

Established in 1882 in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley, Korbel Champagne Cellars produces the United States' most popular methode champenoise champagne. Owned and managed by the Heck family since 1954, Korbel currently makes seven champagnes and a limited amount of still wine. In a separate facility, Korbel also produces one of the country's most respected brandies.

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