Mission Hill Family Estate Celebrates Winery of the Year

    Fine Wine and Epicurean Winemaker Dinners Across Canada This Summer

    WESTBANK, OKANAGAN VALLEY, BC, June 27 /CNW/ - Mission Hill Family Estate
and Wine Access magazine are pleased to announce a series of culinary and wine
evenings in Canada's premier restaurants this summer. The winemaker's dinners
in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver are in honour of Mission Hill's Winery of
the Year award by Wine Access, Canada's foremost authority on wine and food.
As part of the celebration, Mission Hill's premium wines, will be offered for
tasting along with a limited allotment of futures for sale, including the
Bordeaux-inspired, iconic blend, Oculus and the Select Lot Collection range,
which are highly allocated and can be found in top restaurants and wine
boutiques around the world.
    "These dinners are the perfect marriage of the best in Canadian food and
wine. What better way to celebrate our award for premier winery in the nation
then by a coast to coast set of dinners at the best dining establishments in
the country? We look forward to sharing our finely crafted Okanagan wine
paired with fresh, local cuisine - true harmony on the plate and palate," said
Dan Zepponi, President, Mission Hill Family Estate.
    "At Wine Access we put a great deal of energy into the Canadian Wine
Awards as we seek to evaluate and discover Canada's finest wines. In 2007
Mission Hill Family Estate stood above all other wineries claiming the coveted
Canadian Winery of the Year award and we are delighted to be able to join
proprietor Anthony von Mandl and President Dan Zepponi and share with
Canadians what it takes to be the best in Canada," Anthony Gismondi,
Editor-in-Chief, Wine Access magazine.
    These memorable epicurean evenings at Canoe, Teatro and Blue Water Café
will begin with a tutored wine tasting lead by Wine Access Editor-in-Chief
Anthony Gismondi along with Mission Hill Family Estate Proprietor 
Anthony von Mandl and President Dan Zepponi. The tasting will be followed by a
multi course dinner paired with Mission Hill's internationally acclaimed wines
including: Oculus, Select Lot Collection Sauvignon Semillon, Select Lot
Collection Syrah, Select Lot Collection Riesling Icewine, and Reserve
    Critically acclaimed to be among Canada's best restaurants, Canoe's
breathtaking Toronto city view and stylish environment, is a brilliant
reflection of the country's rich and raw environment. This same brilliance is
captured in the flavours and textures of Chef Anthony Walsh's regional
Canadian cuisine. Held on Wednesday, July 9, the menu is inspired by the best
in Canadian gastronomy and wine. To purchase tickets please contact Canoe
Sommelier William Predhomme at (416) 364-0054 or
    Calgary's Teatro embodies the Mission Hill, cuisine de terroir philosophy
and at their restaurant fresh is the rule, using local ingredients where
possible, and crafting their own bread, pasta, bruschetta, chocolates, and
other Artisanal delectables. They hold a special relationship with Mission
Hill, with our own Winery Chef Michael Allemeier, previously the Executive
Chef at this distinguished restaurant. The five course Italian themed feast by
Teatro's Executive Chef Dominique Moussu will be held in the stunning Opera
room on Thursday July 24. To purchase tickets please call Teatro at (403)
    An anchor in Vancouver's culinary landscape, Blue Water Café is lauded as
the City's definitive destination for seafood. Executive Chef Frank Pabst is
known for his innovative and brilliantly executed West Coast plates, using
seafood from wild and sustainable harvest. Held in Blue Water Café's historic
Wine Room on Wednesday July 23, the menu celebrates the ocean harvest. To
purchase tickets please call Blue Water Café at (604) 688 8078.

    About Wine Access Magazine and Canadian Wine Awards

    With assemblage of Canada's most celebrated and respected wine critics,
Wine Access magazine is Canada's authoritative wine and food publication.
Offering more than 100 reviews and scores in each issue, Wine Access speaks to
Canadians at all levels of wine discipline: from casual weekend drinkers to
passionate industry specialists. www.wineaccess.ca.
    As Canada's leading national wine competition, the annual Canadian Wine
Awards by Wine Access is open to all wines that are 100 per cent Canadian
grown, fermented and bottled. The 2007 competition was the largest and most
comprehensive yet, with results presented in 23 categories. For the second
time in the history of the Awards, Mission Hill Family Estate garnered the
title 'Winery of the Year.' The title is based on the winery's overall
performance versus all other wineries in the competition and over 800 wines
entered and judged by an esteemed panel of industry stakeholders.

    About Mission Hill Family Estate

    Mission Hill Family Estate, Canada's Winery of the Year, is world
renowned for its award-winning wines, stunning setting and architecture, and
its Cuisine de Terroir-based Terrace restaurant. The family estate vineyards
are located in five distinct growing regions of British Columbia's Okanagan
Valley. Reflective of the origin and unique character of the Valley and of the
careful 'pruning to bottle' program, Oculus, our signature Bordeaux-inspired
wine, represents the pinnacle in premium winemaking. Proprietor 
Anthony von Mandl and winemaker John Simes produce elegant internationally
acclaimed wines with New World flavours and Old World refinement from this
incomparable lakeside mountaintop winery. Visit www.missionhillwinery.com for
more information.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Lori Pike, Director of Public
Relations, lpike@missionhillwinery.com, (604) 808-6655

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