Inniskillin and Robert Mondavi Winery Wines Poured at Nobel Peace Prize Dinner
Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon and Inniskillin Icewine were among the wines selected and served at the Nobel Peace Prize dinner in Oslo on December 10th. Following the awards ceremony, the banquet took place in the Mirror Room of Oslo’s historic hotel, The Grand. At the ceremony, U.S. President Barack H. Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize in the presence of the King of Norway, Harald V, world leaders and foreign dignitaries.
The Oslo award ceremony is traditionally followed by a five-course banquet. Among the wines selected for this occasion was the 2005 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and the Inniskillin 2003 Gold Oak aged Vidal Icewine. The Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon was paired with the evening’s main course: Juniper berry- and thyme-marinated elk. The Inniskillin was paired with dessert, a caramel and chocolate glazed banana mousse with peanut meringue. During the event, President Obama raised a glass of Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon in a toast acknowledging his mother and sister.
The wines were selected by the Nobel Committee and a special tasting panel at the Grand Hotel at a trial tasting prior to the December 10th event.
“It was an honor to be chosen,” said Director of Winemaking for Robert Mondavi Winemaking, Genevieve Janssens. “I’m thrilled that a California Cabernet was served at this special occasion. I believe Mr. Mondavi would have been very proud as well.”
Inniskillin winemaker Bruce Nicholson said, “I am truly humbled and honored to have had our Icewine be part of such a prestigious international awards dinner where President Obama was recognized.”
Inniskillin Wines, with wineries and vineyards in the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, was granted the first winery license in Ontario since Prohibition. In Niagara, Bruce Nicholson became director of winemaking in 2007 following in the footsteps of the co-founders' spirit of excellence and innovation. Inniskillin has gained international recognition for its award-winning Icewines and plays a major role in the international success of Canadian wines. Inniskillin Wines is proud to be an Official Wine Supplier of The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. For more information, visit www.inniskillin.com.
About Robert Mondavi Winery
Founded in 1966, Robert Mondavi Winery is the shining symbol of California’s Napa Valley. The first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades since the repeal of Prohibition, Robert Mondavi Winery went on to establish the foundation for the modern-day California wine business. With the philosophy that great wines reflect their origins, Robert Mondavi Winery pursues the fullest expression of the terroir of its Napa Valley vineyards. For additional information about Robert Mondavi Winery visit www.robertmondaviwinery.com.