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Dan Aykroyd Cabernet Shiraz wins LCBO award




cuvee_award_2009March 2, 2009,
Toronto – Dan Aykroyd Discovery Series 2007 VQA Cabernet Shiraz has been
awarded the prestigious LCBO Chair Award for Best General List Red Wine. 



The
honour was given at the 2009 Cuvee Awards, reported

Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits, the agency that 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 Aykroyd.

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Recently, Aykroyd's wines have received a number of high profile awards. 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 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 Green.

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.