The French government has paid tribute to a long-time U.S. wine and spirits executive, Mel Dick, of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, by awarding him its prestigous Legion of Honor.
Dick, who is the senior vice president of the Miami-based distributor and president of its wine division, was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor for his contributions to the development and sales of French wine, Champagne and spirits in the United States.
Dick, who has spent the past 43 years in the wine and spirits industry, received the silver Chevalier insignia at a reception held in Paris on Nov. 14. In his speech he said, "I will remember this day for the rest of my life."
France's Legion of Honor was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 to acknowledge distinguished military or civil service to the country. The merit may be given to foreigners who help further French culture; American chef Julia Child was among the other recipients this year.
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