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Harvest of Ontario grapes flows into good cause

Harvest of Ontario grapes flows into good cause Evergreen and Stratus Vineyards partner to give back to nature through new Evergreen wine label December 11, 2014, Toronto, ON:

Evergreen, a not-for-profit whose purpose is to bring nature to cities, has worked with long-time partner Stratus Vineyards to create a wine representative of the natural connections between the two organizations. “From our shared appreciation for the land and our desire in connecting people and communities to nature, Evergreen and Stratus enjoy a special relationship,” says Geoff Cape, CEO Evergreen. “We’re both quite sociable organizations, especially around our Farmers’ Market at Evergreen Brick Works, so Stratus’ will and ability to make connections and spark conversations fits neatly with our approach to addressing urban environmental issues in the community.” “Making a wine to highlight our relationship and our shared passions is a wonderful way to symbolize our friendship as well as reaffirm our core beliefs,” explains Charles Baker, Director of Marketing and Sales Stratus Vineyards. “The flavour of these wines will continue on as part of Evergreen’s important work in greening cities.” Proceeds of each bottle will go towards environmental programming, notably at Evergreen’s headquarters in Toronto’s Don Valley Ravine, Evergreen Brick Works. Those interested in buying a bottle can do so online at stratuswines.com and at the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market starting this Saturday and next leading into the holidays during Farmers’ Market Hours 9-1.

Tasting Notes:

The 2008 Evergreen White: Combines all the foresight, courage, innovation and common-sense we see in Evergreen Canada. I is a unique blend of five varietals — Chardonnay, Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer an Viognier. The nose is one of ripe Niagara stone fruit, honeysuckle blossom, and spice. The palate is lean, elegant, crisp and bone dry pointing to considerable cellaring potential.

The 2008 Evergreen Red: Everything we want in a full-bodied bottle – savoury fruit, elegance, spice, and length. Red berries and blackcurrants reflect the classic Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. 20 months of ageing in French oak adds a spicy vanilla complexity. A combination of judicious crop thinning, late picking in early December, and considerable lowering of yields has produced an elegant and structured inaugural Red for Evergreen.

About Evergreen: Evergreen is a national not-for-profit organization that makes cities more livable. By deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments, Evergreen is improving the health of our cities—now and for the future. To find out more about how Evergreen, with the support of its donors and sponsors and through social enterprise, provides environmental programming and grants to community and school greening projects visit www.evergreen.ca About Stratus: The Stratus vineyard produces VQA wines on its 62-acre estate. Planted with 18 varieties, the vineyard is dedicated to the art of assemblage. Its signature wines, Stratus Red and Stratus White, are considered benchmarks in the Canadian wine industry. Stratus is also recognized for its leadership in sustainability. In 2005, Stratus became the first LEED™ certifie winery in the world.

For more information, please contact: Anthony Westenberg Evergreen 416-596-1495 x 332 awestenberg@evergreen.ca Suzanne Janke Stratus 905.468.1806 x 228 suzannejanke@stratuswines.com

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