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2005 Ontario Wine Awards Results

Meridian Credit Union Wine of the Year
Reif 2002 Vidal Icewine

All Stick Label Design Best Label Design Award

Gold: Inniskillin 2002 Sparkling Vidal Icewine

Vintage Inns Vidal Icewine Award

Gold: Reif Estate 2002 Vidal Icewine
Silver: Peller Estates 2003 Vidal Icewine Private Reserve
Bronze: Southbrook Winery 2003 Triomphe Vidal Icewine
Vintages Vinifera Icewine Award

Gold: Jackson-Triggs Proprietors Reserve Riesling Icewine 2002
Silver: Inniskillin 2002 Riesling Icewine
Bronze: Strewn Winery 2002 Riesling Icewine

Smooth Jazz Wave 94.7FM Sparkling Icewine Award

Gold: Inniskillin 2002 Sparkling Vidal Icewine
Silver: Pillitteri Estates 2003 Sparkling Vidal Icewine
Bronze: Magnotta 2003 Sparkling Ice (Vidal)

For more details, visit www.ontariowineawards.ca.


St. Catharines, Ontario. The 2005 Icewine harvest began today at 5:30pm at Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery as the temperature dropped quickly in the late afternoon to below -8 °Celsius. The world famous dessert wine is made by harvesting naturally frozen-solid Riesling or Vidal grapes and then pressing them outside. It is a rare treat that is sought after around the world. Niagara produces the most Icewine in the world and is recognized as the best quality region for the wines production, receiving gold medals and best of shows consistently at competitions around the globe.

“By my records this is the earliest Icewine harvest in history. Typically we start in late December and go through January. To harvest in November – it’s unheard of,” said Matthew Speck, the young VP of Viticulture at Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery and 21 year veteran in the fields.

“The quality looks great, particularly on our estate and neighboring vineyards. And it’s certainly a welcome blessing to bring the fruit in well before the holiday season.” said Daniel Speck, VP of Sales and Marketing for Henry of Pelham and co-owner of the winery with his brothers. “The harvest for table wines was 2 weeks early, and now this. Someone’s smiling on us.”

Henry of Pelham Icewine has won a medal at a major international wine competition every year since it began producing the rare nectar in the late 1980’s. As one of the pioneer producers its Icewine is available across Canada and around the world. This years Harvest will be available in the spring of 2006.

Icewine has become a Canadian Holiday Season tradition and is served on its own, with blue veined cheeses/aged cheddars, as dessert itself and most recently in two decadent drinks: the Icewine Martini and the Kir Catharine (using Henry of Pelhams’ renowned sparkling wine). Icewine is delicate and sweet with the natural flavors of apricots, nectarines and peaches. A truly great Icewine has refreshing tartness to balance the sweetness and will age for well over 10 years.

For more information contact: Daniel Speck (cell: 416-727-2381, Blackberry e-mail: dspeck@henryofpelham.com or work: 905 684 8423 ext 224) or Matthew Speck, VP Viticulturist 905 401 2453. Digital images are available of bottles and the winery. Other information can be found at www.henryofpelham.com


At the 2004 Tax Free World Association exhibition and conference in Cannes (the biggest Duty Free trade event in the world), Inniskillin Gold Icewine scooped the prestigious Star Product of the Year Award (amongst all categories) at the annual Frontier Awards ceremony and became the first wine product ever to win this coveted accolade. Speaking at the Awards ceremony Roger Provost, Vincor CMO, said, ‘This represents the crowning achievement in our efforts to position Inniskillin Icewine as a global brand. We have created a completely new liquor category in travel retail and Inniskillin Gold label is now ranked in the top 20 best-distributed brands worldwide and number one in the wine category. Our winery produces a consistently high quality Icewine which has been hugely appreciated by our end consumers.’

The Inniskillin Gold Label Icewine continues to win professional oenological plaudits, including Gold Medals at Vinexpo, Bordeaux, and most recently two top trophies at the International Wine Challenge in London.

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