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by Fred McMillin
for April 24, 1998
Winery of the Week
Winery visitors often see a man with short, blondish hair and mustache patrolling the 1,200-acre grounds in a golf cart. He is Gary Heck, chairman and president of Korbel Champagne Cellars on the Russian River.
Korbel is the largest-selling premium sparkler in America, including a rose (roh-zay).
...Source: "The Wine Enthusiast" Magazine
The above two items are not unrelated. Gary started working at Korbel in 1965. By the time he replaced his father as Chairman of the Board in 1984, he had seen sales grow from 150,000 cases a year to nearly one million. He is always coming up with new ideas, and here's the latest, a Jane Seymour pink bubbly.
The Emmy-winning Seymour can do more than act. She can PAINT! If you have any doubt, buy a bottle of the Korbel Brut Rose that bears her name, and her elegant floral design. It's a dramatic hibiscus in baked enamel on the bottle. As Gary says, "Now everyone can own a Jane Seymour original."
The Jane Seymour -Limited Edition Brut Rose (roh-zay)
Perhaps the best indication of the popularity of Korbel sparklers is the fact that they have been served at the last five presidential inaugurations starting with Ronald Reagan in 1981. Incidentally, the first case of Korbel American Champagne produced after the end of Prohibition was sent to President Franklin D. Roosevelt!
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