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Monday, Apr. 12, 2010

Aussie to replace DiBello at CedarCreek

KELOWNA, British Columbia — CedarCreek Estate Winery announced today that Australia native Darryl Brooker will take over as its head winemaker. 

Brooker, a newcomer to the Okanagan Valley, replaces Californian winemaker Tom DiBello.

Brooker most recently served as senior winemaker at Hillebrand and Thirty Bench wineries in Ontario. He has more than 12 years experience making wines commercially in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. His background includes Villa Maria Estate in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, and Mountadam Vineyards in Barossa Valley, Australia. 

DiBello spent 10 vintages at CedarCreek after working in Washington state. Earlier this spring, DiBello joined Harry McWatters' team at Vintage Consulting Group Inc.

A graduate of Charles Sturt University in Australia, Brooker also has a graduate diploma from Adelaide University in wine business. He was born in Canberra.

“The opportunity to be a part of the CedarCreek team and make wine from such high quality Okanagan vineyards is very exciting," Brooker said in a news release. "I am looking forward to the challenge and opportunity of continually evolving the already highly regarded CedarCreek wines."

Gordon Fitzpatrick, President of CedarCreek, said, "We are delighted to attract someone of Darryl Brooker's caliber 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."