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20th annual Ottawa Wine and Food Show  

Ottawans will be "California Dreamin'" this November 4–6 at the 20th annual Ottawa Wine and Food Show. To mark this special anniversary, the show's theme will celebrate the California wine country experience – from the tastes of the vineyards to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood-style entertaining.

A California gastronomic journey awaits, with an exciting line-up of activities being planned. Some of the show highlights include a spacious, interactive California wine country booth featuring many of the Golden State's most famous wines accompanied by delicious regional dishes prepared by a visiting Californian chef. For budding wine and food enthusiasts, the Wine Institute of California is also planning special tastings and seminars and is offering a trip for two to Santa Barbara, California.

"The 2005 Ottawa Wine and Food Show is thrilled to shine the spotlight on the prestigious wine regions of California this year," said Halina Player, organizer of the Ottawa Wine and Food Show. "Ottawa's wine and food lovers aspire to experience the 'California lifestyle,' and this year's theme provides our guests with all of the wonderful things California wine country has to offer. Many of the top vintners from the major regions of the Golden State will be on hand to provide guests with the opportunity to sample the sunny and approachable style of California wines."

The Ottawa Wine and Food Show will take place at the Ottawa Congress Centre and runs from Friday, November 4th, through to Sunday, November 6th. Tickets are available to adults 19 and over for $15, and can be purchased in advance through TicketMaster at 755-1111 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.ca.

"It's an honour for us to have this opportunity to showcase the best of California here in Ottawa," said Rick Slomka, Canadian Director for the Wine Institute of California. "More than 10 million people visit California wine country every year, enjoying the rich culture of growing regions like Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and the Central Coast. We plan to share with Ottawans, the energy and passion of the wonderful wineries and friends from the vineyard that collectively make California one of the most cherished places on earth."

The Wine Institute of California was established in 1934 and today, is comprised of more than 840 wineries and affiliated organizations representing one of the foremost wine growing regions in the world. For more information on the Wine Institute of California, visit our websites at www.wineinstitute.org and www.calwine.ca.

 

 

 

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