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NEWS RELEASE          For release July 2, 2008

Hoisting the red and white for Southampton's 150th anniversary

Southampton, Ont., July 2, 2008 -- What better way to honour the founder of Southampton than to toast him with his own wine.

"Capt. Spence" is a specially-labelled red wine from Pelee Island Winery, released on June 27, 2008 in honour of Southampton's 150th anniversary. It's available only at Southampton LCBO.

You'll want to buy a bottle, or a case, of the captain's Gamay Noir Zweigelt VQA (CSPC 216028). It's a full-bodied blend of a fruity Gamay Noir and a spicy Zweigelt.

The companion white wine, also on sale now in Southampton, is a Chardonnay VQA (CSPC 136044). "Sailors' Delight" is vibrant and fresh, with peach and melon notes.

The 150th Anniversary wines are collectibles: the labels carry the 150th logo and a short historical text.

On "Capt. Spence" you can read:
Master mariner and son of Orkney, Capt. John Spence (1814-1904) built a shanty at the mouth of the Saugeen in 1848. With Capt. William Kennedy he tried his hand in the Lake Huron fishery. Kennedy left in 1851 to lead the arctic search for Sir John Franklin. Spence stayed on in Southampton, designated a village in 1858.

"Sailors' Delight" carries the story of an actual excursion in 1870:
On June 1, 1870 we left Southampton on a delightful sailing excursion. Alas, Lake Huron was calm so we rowed on, greeting our Indian friends at the Sauble River. At the Fishing Islands we feasted on pigeons and black bass, and at Chantry Island Mr. Lambert showed us the lighthouse.

Label design is by Bill Boyer; texts are by Robin Hilborn. Photographs were supplied by the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre.

Raise a glass in celebration ... Southampton's 150th Anniversary Weekend is Aug. 14-17, 2008. See

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 2008 marks 150 years since Southampton was incorporated as a village on July 24, 1858. Celebrations culminate in the 150th Anniversary Weekend, Aug. 14-17, 2008. For more about Southampton's 150th Anniversary, see

  To see all 150th anniversary events, pick up the Events Flyer at the Chamber of Commerce and at various locations around Southampton, or visit

  The Southampton, Then and Now calendar is available at selected locations, listed at

 See the summary of 150 years of Southampton history (1816 to 1993) at


The Southampton 150th Anniversary Committee is composed of volunteers and is a sub-committee of the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce. As a steering committee, it plans events and works closely with local groups and businesses, which run their own 150th anniversary events along with their regular programming.

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