Beaulieu Vineyard(R) Wine Featured for the Sixth Consecutive Year at the 61st Primetime Emmy(R) Awards Governors Ball Wine Tasting Bars and Exotic Luxury Add to Mythic Theme

NAPA, Calif., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Beaulieu Vineyard, a leading Napa Valley vintner with over 100 years of excellence in winemaking, will once again be the featured wine of the 61st Primetime Emmy(R) Awards Governors Ball to be held on September 20, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles immediately following the Primetime Emmy telecast. This is the sixth consecutive year BV wine has been featured at the Emmy celebrations and the fourth year Beaulieu Vineyard has been proud to be the Official Wine Sponsor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball.

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"Personally, this is a favorite time of year for me. I get to take a break in the middle of harvest and see the fruits of my labor, as it were, poured for some of the world's best and brightest talent," said Jeffrey Stambor, Director of Winemaking for Beaulieu Vineyard. "While I am delighted that our historic Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is once again selected to pair with Chef Joachim Splichal's wonderful entree, I am really excited by the addition of the BV Wine Tasting Bars that have been added to this year's Governors Ball experience. I'm going to feel right at home!"

In keeping with this year's Emmy Celebration theme of Xanadu, a mythic pleasure palace, the Television Academy's Governors Ball Committee and event producers at Sequoia Productions have added lavish elements for the guests' enjoyment, including several tempting wine tasting bars. In addition to the wines selected to be served tableside with the meal, strolling wine lovers can sample a range of delicious limited edition Beaulieu Vineyard wines, several of which are available only at the Napa winery.

The 2008 Beaulieu Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay will join the 2005 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon at the table and will be paired with Master Chef Joachim Splichal's impressive menu for the Governors Ball, the official celebration following the 61st Primetime Emmy(R) Awards telecast.

BV Georges de Latour was the first private reserve Cabernet produced in America and has been a benchmark in California winemaking since the first vintage in 1936. Named for the winery founder, it is the most prestigious wine produced by Beaulieu Vineyard. The 2006 vintage released in September marks the 70th year that this premiere American reserve wine has been produced.

Beaulieu Vineyard, established in 1900, is a benchmark Napa Valley winery with a tradition of quality and innovation. Founded by French immigrant, Georges de Latour, Beaulieu Vineyard set early standards for excellence in premium winemaking that subsequent generations of vintners continue to maintain. Beaulieu Vineyard holds a unique place in the history of California wineries and is one of the most collected American Cabernets. For more information about Beaulieu Vineyard, visit www.bvwines.com.

Beaulieu Vineyard wines are produced by Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines (DC&E), part of Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O), the world's leading premium drinks business. DC&E produces and markets premium wines from around the globe including Napa Valley, Sonoma, the California Central Coast, Washington, France, New Zealand and Australia. Brands include: Beaulieu Vineyard, Sterling Vineyards, Sterling Vintner's Collection, Chalone Vineyard, Acacia Vineyard, Edna Valley Vineyard, Rosenblum Cellars and Provenance Vineyards as well as the French wines of Barton & Guestier. DC&E is also a leading importer of classified Bordeaux and Burgundy estate-bottled wines and F.E. Trimbach. Celebrating life, every day, everywhere, responsibly. For our global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit www.DRINKiQ.com

About the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was founded in 1946 just one month after network television was born. It is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of telecommunications arts and sciences and to fostering creative leadership in the telecommunications industry. In addition to recognizing outstanding programming through its Primetime Emmy((R)) Awards, the Television Academy publishes emmy magazine and through its Foundation, is responsible for the Archive of American Television, College Television Awards, acclaimed student internships and other educational outreach programs. For more information on the Television Academy and its many industry-related programs and services, please visit www.emmys.tv

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