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New Winemaker at CedarCreek

April 12, 2010

KELOWNA, British Columbia – Mr. Gordon Fitzpatrick, President of CedarCreek Estate Winery, is pleased to announce that Mr. Darryl Brooker has joined CedarCreek as our new winemaker.  Mr. Brooker is an experienced and highly regarded winemaker who will commence his full‑time duties at CedarCreek on May 19, 2010.

Mr. Brooker was most recently Senior Winemaker - Ontario at Hillebrand and Thirty Bench Wineries and has over 12 years experience making ultra premium wines in Canada, New Zealand and Australia.  Prior experience also includes winemaking at Flat Rock Cellars in Ontario, Villa Maria Estate in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand and Mountadam Vineyards in Barossa Valley, Australia.  Mr. Brooker is a graduate of Charles Sturt University in Australia (Bachelor of Applied Science - Wine Science) and also has a graduate diploma from Adelaide University in Wine Business.  Commenting on the move to the Okanagan Valley, Mr. Brooker said, “The opportunity to be a part of the CedarCreek team and make wine from such high quality Okanagan vineyards is very exciting.  I am looking forward to the challenge and opportunity of continually evolving the already highly regarded CedarCreek wines."

Mr. Fitzpatrick stated, "We are delighted to attract someone of Darryl Brooker's calibre and we are confident that under his leadership our wine growing will get even better.  His career aspirations fit perfectly with CedarCreek's quest to craft the very best wines possible from the Okanagan Valley.  His quiet confidence and disciplined approach in both the vineyards and the cellars epitomizes the CedarCreek brand "Our Wine is our Word."

CedarCreek Estate Winery, located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, is owned and operated by the Fitzpatrick Family and is passionately dedicated to crafting 100% premium B.C. VQA wine.

Contact:  Gordon Fitzpatrick, (250) 764-8866 ext. 113

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