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The 20th annual Ottawa Wine & Food Show 

Experience a celebration of California wine country living at the 2005 Ottawa Wine & Food Show, November 4, 5 and 6, at the Congress Centre as this year's theme region – The Golden State – takes centre stage. With its unique and cutting edge approach to wine and food, California has earned its dynamic reputation as the birthplace of modern entertaining and aspirational living.

At this year's event, lovers of fine wine and food will be treated to a dynamic taste adventure designed to bring the ultimate California experience to life. To enhance the appreciation for California's many growing regions, The Ottawa Wine & Food Show has teamed up with the Wine Institute of California (WIC) to create "California Wine Country," an interactive wine and food area that will captivate your taste buds and leave you California dreamin'. The WIC has innovatively recreated California wine country with an eye-catching exhibit that balances both the classic and trendy appeal of its world-renowned architecture and lifestyle. This area promises to be a main attraction for show guests who are looking to immerse themselves in the cool California way of life, as more than 50 different wines will be poured from 19 wineries. A myriad of varietals from Cabernet Sauvignon to Zinfandel to Rhone varietals from various growing regions will be available for sampling.

"California has had a dynamic presence in the Ottawa market for several years," said Ottawa Wine & Food Show organizer Halina Player." "We believe that California, with all is glamour, incredible scenery, exceptional wines and delicious food is a perfect partner to help us celebrate our 20-year milestone."

In addition to the many wines being offered, the WIC has partnered with Chef Joel Delmond from the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California, to promote the wine country lifestyle throughout Ottawa. Chef Delmond will be dishing up some authentic California cuisine and pairing it with Golden State wines during a 10 day "Salute to California" wine and food festival at the Ottawa Westin Hotel from November 3rd to 13th and will also be showcasing his culinary skills at the California Wine Booth to truly frame the food and wine experience.

Delmond explains that California cuisine is actually a fusion of food from all over the world but with a twist of fresh local ingredients. "California cuisine is not limited to certain dishes, rather its a reflection of the diversity and ingenuity of the people of the state of California," adds Delmond. "Chefs are not afraid to mix bok choy into an Italian pasta dish or add slices of avocado to grilled steak. If the ingredients are fresh and the dish imaginative, you're probably eating California cuisine, regardless of whether the cooking style is Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, or Mexican."

Onsite in the California Wine Country booth, wine fans looking to take their experience to the next level are encouraged to enter a contest for a chance to win a "Taste of Santa Barbara" getaway trip for two which includes round trip airfare, special winery visits and accommodations. In addition, chef Rachael Levine from R.H. Phillips Winery will showcase her approach to wine and food matching, with a variety of appetizers inspired by the local farms, markets and vineyards where she practices her craft in California. Three California-themed seminars will also be offered: Pinot Envy – California Style!, The Cabernet Cage Match – 2001 versus 2002, and The Seven Deadly Zins. To order tickets for the seminars, visit

"Our goal is to capture that special California experience for Ottawa Wine & Food Show attendees and leave them with a memorable feeling about our wines and food," said Rick Slomka, Canadian Director for the Wine Institute of California. "We encourage Ottawans to add some sunshine in dreary November and take advantage of this special opportunity to visit California in the comforts of your own backyard."

The Wine Institute of California is a trade association of 715 California wineries and affiliated businesses dedicated to initiating and advocating public policy to enhance the environment for the responsible consumption and enjoyment of wine. Based in San Francisco, the Institute has also established promotional campaigns in 20 countries around the world to further global recognition of the California wine industry, which holds the title of world's fourth largest wine producer.

The Canadian office coordinates a number of promotional activities every year designed to educate and inform media, trade and consumers about the quality and diversity of products available from the Golden State. For more information on the Wine Institute of California, visit the website at or




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