Whistler Cornucopia’s 20th Anniversary Top 20 Wines Announced

Whistler Cornucopia’s 20th Anniversary Top 20 Wines Announced

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Cornucopia’s 20th Anniversary Top 20 wines announced
Cornucopia’s 20th Anniversary

For a festival celebrating its 20th anniversary, it’s apropos that a record number of wines were submitted for consideration in Cornucopia’s annual top wine awards.

With 167 exceptional wines on the table, determining the Top 20 wines of Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial,was not for the faint of heart (or palate). DJ Kearney, international wine educator, wine writer, festival presenter and head judge, led the diverse panel of 14 professionals from Whistler and Vancouver. Each judge is recognized as a leader in their field within the B.C. food and wine industry and includes wine directors, wine instructors, food and wine writers, sommeliers and restaurateurs. The panel gathered for the day in a blind tasting session at Whistler’s Quattro Restaurant on September 19.

“To receive 167 high-caliber entries is an indication of the festival’s stature among B.C.’s wine and food festivals,” says Kearney. “With the finalists reduced to 20 wines in honor of Cornucopia’s 20th anniversary, it was even harder than usual to determine the best of the best. Don’t think I’m complaining, though – I led a crack team of Whistler and Vancouver experts who fearlessly blind tasted and evaluated the record number of entries on-site in Whistler. I’m looking forward to seeing the crowds arrive for the festival and make their own discoveries among the blockbuster lineup of wines at this year’s event.”

With characteristics such as color, aroma, flavor, and finish taken into evaluation; the scores were tallied and the top 20 wines were chosen. As in previous years, the judges awarded three wines as the Top Bubble, Top White and Top Red. So without further ado, Cornucopia’s 20th Anniversary Top 20 for 2016 are:

Top Bubble – Haywire The BUB 2014
Top White – Quails’ Gate Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2014
Top Red – Kaiken Reserva Malbec 2013

Best of the Rest, in alphabetical order:

• Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz 2014
• Black Hills Nota Bene 2014
• C.C. Jentsch Cellars Cabernet Merlot 2014
• C.C. Jentsch Cellars Syrah 2014
• Ceretto Barolo DOCG 2011
• Ceretto Langhe DOC Arneis Blangé
• Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling 2014
• Culmina Family Estate Winery Dilemma 2014
• Foxtrot Vineyards Foxtrot Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
• Hardys William Hardy Shiraz 2014
• Harper’s Trail Pioneer Block Dry Riesling 2014
• Howard Park Miamup Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
• Mascota Vineyards Unanime 2012
• Pegau Plan VSIG
• Tantalus Chardonnay 2014
• Villa Maria Taylors Pass Vineyard Chardonnay 2013
• Villa Maria Taylors Pass Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Cornucopia participants can congratulate the winners and sample these wines during the festival at the Top 20 Lounge at Crush Grand Tasting, and Trade Tasting (exclusive to industry professionals).

Ticket holders can catch many of the judges at various seminars or as a host at their respective restaurant’s winery dinner. The festival schedule lists all seminars and presenters so participants can take advantage of learning from this esteemed group. The panel consisted of:

• DJ Kearney, Head Judge
• Eric Blouin, Cornucopia Ambassador
• Samantha Rahn, Cornucopia Ambassador
• Andre St. Jacques
• Daenna Van Mulligen
• David Brownridge
• Eric Griffith
• Geoff Weddell
• Joanne DiGeso
• Kurtis Kolt
• Luc Trottier
• Michael Kompass
• Olivia Halla
• Paul Street

Tickets are on sale now. Visit whistlercornucopia.com for ticket and event information.

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