2012 Official VQA Wines of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly

Release Date: 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

St. Catharines, ON (Wednesday, November 23, 2011): On November 21, 2011, the Grape Growers of Ontario, along with newly elected Speaker of the Legislature Dave Levac of Brant County, hosted the Annual Wine Tasting event at Queen’s Park. Bill George, Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario, along with Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of the Grape Growers of Ontario, are pleased to announce that the following wines have been chosen as the official wines of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly for 2012:


Red Wine: 2010 Strip Room from Burning Kiln Winery, St. Williams
White Wine: 2009 Riesling from Good Earth Food and Wine Co., Beamsville

Bill George 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 both Burning Kiln Winery and the Good Earth Food & Wine Co. on their selection.”

“The two wines chosen reflect the connection between 100% Ontario grown grapes and the winemakers who craft these wines,” says Debbie Zimmerman.

“We are honoured and absolutely thrilled to have our 2009 Riesling selected as the official white wine at Queen’s Park for 2012. At The Good Earth we are focused on delivering the best Ontario has to offer,” states Nicolette Novak, President of The Good Earth Food and Wine Co. “Our VQA Ontario wines are a delicious expression of our commitment to producing top quality wines. Our entire team would like to thank the members of the Ontario Legislature for choosing our wine.”

Mike McArthur, co-owner of Burning Kiln Winery along with Frank DeLeebeeck, Scott Fixter, Dave Pond, Todd Saunders, Steve Malo and Gord Malo, says that “Winning this competition is a great kudo for what we’ve done at our winery, and it’s a testament to the direction that we and the South Coast Wineries & Grape Growers Association are taking in building a wine industry.” Burning Kiln’s winning wine is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

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 2012. 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 thank the Honourable Speaker Dave Levac and look forward to continuing the tradition of the Legislative Wine Tasting with him in the future. We also thank former Speaker Steve Peters for his support and commitment to 100% Ontario grown wine throughout his tenure in Parliament.

The Grape Growers of Ontario is the official organization that represents over 500 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.

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For more information please contact Debbie Zimmerman, CEO, Grape Growers of Ontario 905-688-0990 - 905-401-2471 - d.zimmerman@grapegrowersofontario.com