The Culinary Institute of America's 2008 Vintners Hall of Fame Gala Dinner
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ST. HELENA, Calif.--(Business Wire)--The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) announced eight wine industry leaders who will be officially inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame at a gala fund-raising reception and dinner ceremony on March 7th, 2008 at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone, in St. Helena, CA. Leading this year's Hall of Fame inductees are Ernest & Julio Gallo (E&J Gallo Winery), Paul Draper (Ridge Vineyards), Milijenko "Mike" Grgich (Grgich Hills) and Sacramento wine merchant and forager supreme, Darryl Corti. In addition, the panel also voted in as "Pioneer," the founders of three iconic wineries: John Daniel, (Inglenook); Louis P. Martini, (Louis M. Martini Winery); and Carl Wente (Wente Vineyards). "Pioneer" recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the California wine industry and who passed away prior to March 1988. "We all owe a huge 'Thank you' to the wine writers, critics and historians who selected this year's inductees. They made some very difficult decisions in an industry with so many outstanding leaders," says Dr Lawrence Timothy Ryan, President of the CIA, "and I am looking forward to celebrating their choices at the 2nd Annual Induction Dinner this March." This year's nomination and selection process was chaired by noted wine journalist W. Blake Gray, who was joined by Toni Allegra, Mike Dunne, John Olney, Sara Schneider, Leslie Sbrocco, Paul Wagner and Alder Yarrow. The Vintners Hall of Fame annual induction dinner endows new scholarship programs for the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the CIA at Greystone. Tickets for the gala are $250. For reservations and more information, contact email@example.com or call 707-255-7667. For more information on the Vintners Hall of Fame and to view photos from last year's gala, please visit http://www.ciaprochef.com/winestudies/vintners.html. Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering bachelor's and associate degrees in the culinary arts and baking and pastry arts. For more information, visit the CIA's Web site at www.ciachef.edu. Balzac Communications Matthew Levy, 707-255-7667 firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright Business Wire 2008