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Mirassou Winery Announces 'I Do with Mirassou' Winner
Jul 22, 2008 (08:07 AM EDT)

MODESTO, Calif., July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Mirassou Winery is pleased to announce the winner of this year's annual "I Do with Mirassou Contest": Rebecca Firszt of New York, New York. Rebecca and her fiance, Bradley Williams, have won $10,000 toward the cost of their wedding, plus a day of dream wedding planning with Executive Editor, Anna Pezik. The couple also will be recognized at an event co-hosted by Mirassou and in September.

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During the last two weeks in June, thousands logged on to to read about the dream weddings of each of five finalists and to vote for their favorite couple. Rebecca's entry won with the highest number of votes -- thirty-six percent of the total votes.

Rebecca's winning entry: When Brad and I told our friends and family that we'd gotten engaged, the most popular response was "Finally!" We met at a high school youth symphony rehearsal and started dating shortly thereafter. In college (Brad continued his music studies at Juilliard while I studied math at ) we dated off and on. Brad left school early to perform in the Buffalo Philharmonic. The long-distance relationship was so hard on us that Brad left his position to move back to NYC where I was finishing a master's program at Columbia. It's been a challenge for us to afford NYC rent while paying tuition for Brad to finish his degree, but we also realize how lucky we are to be together in New York. Our favorite date-night activity is catching a summer Philharmonic concert in Central Park and drinking Mirassou Merlot with an all-cheese dinner. (We love cheese so much that we named our cats Gouda and Cheddar!)

Nine years after we first met, Brad proposed to me underwater while scuba diving. We would love to have a beach ceremony and reception in Florida, where we're both from. Our wedding color would be ocean blue, and we'll have clam shells instead of ring pillows since Brad hid my ring in a shell when he proposed. And if we're fortunate enough to win this generous prize, we'll serve enough cheese and Mirassou wine to keep our guests stuffed for days!

The 2008 "I Do with Mirassou" Contest kicked off on Valentine's Day when couples were asked to submit an entry that included an essay describing their dream wedding. Of the thousands of entries received, five lucky finalists were chosen based on the originality of their dream wedding, as well as its authenticity and feasibility. -- a great online wedding source. By going to, you can read about last year's "I Do with Mirassou" contest winner, access Mirassou's online food and wine pairing tool, view videos of Executive Editor discussing the latest wedding trends, plus find other great wedding tips. Mirassou will announce the details of its 2009 "I Do with Mirassou" contest in early 2009.

About Mirassou Winery: The Mirassou family has been growing grapes and crafting superior wines since 1854, earning them the distinction of being America's oldest winemaking family. Today, the Mirassou wine style is light-bodied, refreshing and fruit-forward. Mirassou's premium wines -- Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon -- retail for approximately $10 per bottle and are widely available in all 50 states. They can be located through's "Where to Buy" section or by calling (888) MIRASSOU.

CONTACT: Jenna Kirkwood of Fleishman-Hillard, +1-916-492-5305,, for Mirassou Winery

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