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May 01, 2008 15:25 ET

Dan Aykroyd 2005 Signature Reserve Vidal Icewine Wins `Wine of the Year' at Ontario Wine Awards

Icewine also wins gold medal in 'Vintage Hotels Vidal Icewine Award' category

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 1, 2008) -

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Dan Aykroyd's 2005 Signature Reserve Vidal Icewine took top honours at this year's Ontario Wine Awards by being presented with the prestigious `Savour Ontario - A Program of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Wine of the Year Award', announced Murray Marshall, President & CEO, Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits, LTD., the owners of a number of Ontario wineries including The Dan Aykroyd project.

In addition to winning the prestigious `Wine of the Year' award, the Dan Aykroyd 2005 Signature Reserve Vidal Icewine, which scored an average of 94.5 by judges in the competition, also took the gold medal in the `Vintage Hotels Vidal Icewine Award' category, surpassing a number of prestigious wineries in Ontario.

According to Dan Aykroyd, "We are making wines genuinely enjoyed by ourselves and it's just the beginning. These awards should make everyone proud in our Province that we are producing winning vintages which hopefully some day can be staples in our nation's export catalogue."

"This award is validation that we have created a branded Icewine that is considered by experts and our peers to be top in its class. We believe that Dan's Icewine will continue to receive positive accolades and awards as we plan to enter the brand into international competitions," said Marshall.

The Dan Aykroyd 2005 Signature Reserve Vidal Icewine, which is available at the LCBO in the Vintages section, is barrel fermented and produced under the guidance and supervision of Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits' Vice President of Winemaking, Tom Green. This follows the launch of several Dan Aykroyd Discovery Series table wines to rave reviews by media, wine critics and consumers alike. The initial launch included the Dan Aykroyd Discovery Series Chardonnay and Dan Aykroyd Discovery Series Cabernet Merlot.

Diamond Estates also produces, distributes and markets wines nationally from its own Niagara wineries and vineyards including Birchwood Estate, EastDell Estates, Lakeview Cellars and the recently announced Dan Aykroyd Winery.

The Ontario Wine Awards also awarded a gold medal to Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits-owned EastDell Estates' 2006 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, which won in `The Distillery Historic District Oaked Chardonnay Award - Under $20' category. The wine's distinct flavour includes notes of pineapple and pear that highlight the fresh character of a Niagara Chardonnay. The balance comes from the region's crisp cool climate growing conditions and lightly toasted flavours. The wine's long finish makes it a great food wine.

"This is a very proud moment for our winemaking team who continue to work very hard to create quality, VQA award-winning wines," said Marshall.

Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Ltd., is an award-winning wine and spirits distribution and marketing agency for various international brands across Canada. Since inception, the company has grown to become one of Canada's top agencies representing some of the most compelling beverage alcohol brands in today's marketplace.

For more information about Dan Aykroyd wines, please visit www.DanAykroydWines.com.

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www.eastdell.com.

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