St. Catharines, ON (Thursday, November 5, 2010): Following the Grape Growers of Ontario’s Annual Wine Tasting event at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on November 2, 2010, Bill George Jr., Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario, along with Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of the Grape Growers of Ontario, are pleased to announce that two wines from Pillitteri Estates Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake have been chosen as the official wines of the Legislature for 2011.
Bill George Jr., Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario, commented that “the Grape Growers of Ontario were once again pleased to host the annual ‘Wines of the Legislative Assembly’ tasting event and I extend congratulations to Pillitteri Estates Winery.” Pillitteri’s 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2009 Exclamation Reserve White were selected as the official wines of the Ontario Legislative Assembly for 2011. “The two wines chosen reflect the connection between 100% Ontario grown grapes and the winemaker who crafts these wines,” says Debbie Zimmerman.
“We are honoured and excited to have both our red and white wine selected as the official wines of the Legislature for 2011. This demonstrates our commitment to producing quality VQA wines,” states Connie Slinglerland, CFO and President of Operations at Pillitteri Estates Winery. The two favoured wines are VQA which indicates that the wines were crafted from 100% Ontario grown grapes to meet quality standards.
Members of Provincial Parliament gathered to select the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s official red and white VQA wine to be served at legislative functions throughout 2011. Over 150 participants tasted and marked their preferences on a voting ballot to determine which wines would be selected from six Ontario VQA wineries.
The Grape Growers of Ontario is the official organization that represents over 484 actively producing grape growers of 15,000 acres in the province’s four viticulture areas: Niagara Peninsula, Pelee Island, Lake Erie North Shore and Prince Edward County.
For more information, please contact:
CEO, Grape Growers of Ontario
905-688-0990 ext. 225