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  • 27th annual Cuvée Grand Tasting set for Feb. 27, 2015

    BROCK UNIVERSITY
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    09 Oct. 2014
    Communications & Public Affairs
    905-688-5550 x4687

    27th annual Cuvée Grand Tasting set for Feb. 27, 2015

    Mark your calendar. One of Canada’s most sought-after wine events, the 27th annual Cuvée Grand Tasting has been set for Friday Feb. 27, 2015 at Fallsview Casino Resort.

    Over 26 years, Cuvée has become one of the most prestigious celebrations of Ontario wine. Now as the event evolves, proceeds will go to support the industry it showcases.

    Organized by the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) at Brock University, money raised from Cuvée 2015 will support student bursaries and research that will benefit the Ontario grape and wine industry.

    CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis said the leadership transition has brought a new look and feel for the event along with a new website. The feedback gained from small, medium and large wineries has positioned CCOVI to take Cuvée to the next level.

    Inglis said CCOVI’s long history of supporting Cuvée gives it a natural fit for taking on the role of organizing the event.

    “CCOVI is committed to helping the industry continue to grow by training the next generation of industry professionals, and by providing the industry with applied research solutions,” Inglis said.

    Scholarships will be established for undergraduate oenology and viticulture students as well as graduate students studying in fields across the grape and wine value chain, including viticulture, wine science, business and tourism.

    Research funding will go to support projects that address priorities identified by the industry.

    The Cuvée Grand Tasting on Feb. 27 will feature Ontario’s best VQA wines as well as food prepared by local chefs. The Cuvée en Route passport program will run at participating wineries from Feb. 27 to March 1 and showcase exclusive tasting flights.

    Learn more at: cuvee.ca

    About the Ontario grape and wine industry

    The Ontario grape and wine industry employs over 14,000 people and attracts 1.9 million visitors to the province each year. It is an important driver to the provincial economy contributing $3.3 billion annually according to research completed by the Canadian Vintners Association.
    Details at: http://www.canadianvintners.com/?page_id=358

    About CCOVI

    The Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) at Brock University was developed in partnership with the Grape Growers of Ontario and the Wine Council of Ontario. Established in 1996, CCOVI is an internationally recognized research institute focused on research priorities of the Canadian grape and wine industry, and on the education and outreach service needs of that community.

    To learn more about CCOVI, visit: brocku.ca/ccovi

    For more info:
    Barb Tatarnic, Cuvée manager, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x4652 btatarnic@BrockU.CA

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  • Brock University takes over organizational role of prestigious Cuvée Gala

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    Communications & Public Affairs, Brock University
    905-688-5550 x4687

    Cuvée, one of the most prestigious celebrations of Ontario wine and food, will now be organized by Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI).

    Announced tonight at the 26th anniversary of the grand tasting, Brian Hutchings, Brock’s Vice-President of Finance and Administration, said CCOVI’s new role with Cuvée is a great fit, given the University’s strong relationship with Ontario’s grape and wine industry.

    Proceeds from the 2015 Cuvée wine weekend will support student bursaries and research that will benefit the Ontario grape and wine industry.

    “This is a terrific development,” said Hutchings. “It will ultimately support some of the very students and researchers who are crucial to sustaining and growing the industry in the future.”

    CCOVI has been a long-time supporter of Cuvée, and is excited to take on this organizational role says director Debbie Inglis.

    “CCOVI is always looking for ways to help grow the market share of Ontario VQA wine,” said Inglis. “The event will now not only showcase the best of Ontario’s wine, but will also raise funds to help the industry continue to grow.”

    The format will stay the same with the Cuvée Grand Tasting Gala food and wine event along with the Cuvée en Route passport program. This year’s grand tasting featured over 50 Ontario winemakers pouring wines they selected as their personal favourite.

    CCOVI takes over leadership of Cuvée from the Niagara Community Foundation who has organized the event for the past 11 years. Prior to that, the event was a fundraiser for Gray Gables School.

    More details on the event can be found at: cuvee.ca

    About CCOVI
    The Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) at Brock University was developed in partnership with the Grape Growers of Ontario and the Wine Council of Ontario. Established in 1996, CCOVI is an internationally recognized research institute focused on research priorities of the Canadian grape and wine industry, and on the education and outreach service needs of that community.

    For more on CCOVI visit: brocku.ca/ccovi

    For more info: Kaitlyn Little, communications officer, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x4471; 289-241-9154 (cell); klittle@brocku.ca
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