Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Ltd.

Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Ltd.

March 02, 2009 11:00 ET

Dan Aykroyd Discovery Series 2007 VQA Cabernet Shiraz Wins Prestigious 2009 Cuvee LCBO Chair Award for Best General List Red Wine

- Cuvee Awards are considered to be the Oscars® of the Ontario wine industry

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 2, 2009) - Dan Aykroyd Discovery Series 2007 VQA Cabernet Shiraz has been awarded the prestigious LCBO Chair Award for Best General List Red Wine at the 2009 Cuvee Awards, announced Murray Marshall, President and CEO of Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits, the award-winning wine and spirits agency that successfully produces and distributes Dan Aykroyd's Canadian wine.

The Cuvee Awards are the only awards in Canada where the winning wines are chosen by the participating winemakers. All tastings were conducted blind and over 50 wineries competed with a total of 190 wines entered into competition.

The award was presented to Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits' winemaking team that is made up of Tom Green (VP of Winemaking) and winemakers Jason Roller and Scott McGregor.

"This is a great achievement by our young dynamic winemaking team. They have diligently worked to create a top-notch red wine that has clearly earned the respect and accolades from Ontario's best winemakers," said Dan Aykroyd.

Recently, Dan Aykroyd's wines have received a number of high profile awards including:

- Dan Aykroyd 2005 Signature Reserve VQA Vidal Icewine won a gold medal in the Icewine category and was named `Best Wine in Ontario in 2008' at the Ontario Wine Awards

- Dan Aykroyd Discovery Series VQA Sauvignon Blanc was awarded the gold medal in the Sauvignon Blanc/Semillion category at the Cellars of the World 2008 International Wine Competition for the Ottawa Wine & Food Show.

- Dan Aykroyd 2007 Discovery Series VQA Sauvignon Blanc also won gold at the All Canadian Wine Championship's (ACWC)

- Dan Aykroyd's 2006 Discovery Series VQA Cabernet Shiraz was awarded a bronze medal at the 2008 All Canadian Wine Championships.

Deep ruby in colour, the Dan Aykroyd 2007 VQA Discovery Series Cabernet Shiraz displays a rich bouquet of dark berry fruit and peppery notes. The palate is smooth in texture, showing concentrated flavours of black plum and cassis complemented by an undercurrent of spicy layers. The varietal is available in most LCBO stores across the province (ANDREW, if I'm sending this nationally, perhaps I can say nation-wide) and is priced at $14.95.

The Ontario 2007 vintage is considered by experts to be one of the best ever. This is due in part to a long, drought-like summer mixed with the right amount of precipitation. This in turn produced complex and flavourful wines as a result of this pristine growing season.

"We are honoured to have received this award by our peers. Dan has impeccable taste when it comes to producing his wine and we are thrilled that we were able to produce a blend that was worthy of such great recognition," said Tom Green, Vice President Winemaking for Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits.

Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits produces, distributes and markets its wines nationally from its own Niagara wineries and vineyards including Dan Aykroyd Wines, 20 Bees Winery, EastDell Estates, Lakeview Cellars, De Sousa Wines and Birchwood Estate Wines.

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 -- For more information about Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits, please visit www.diamondwines.com.

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