Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - October 3, 2019


Expert panel reveals Top 20 wines for the 23rd annual Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial


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Winning Wines

Whistler, B.C. – A panel of 11 esteemed industry experts has announced the Top 20 winning wines for the 2019 Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial – taking place November 7-17, 2019.

With an impressive number of submissions, the day-long judging is not a simple task. DJ Kearney, head judge, gathered the diverse panel of professionals – who hail from Whistler and Vancouver - on September 25 in Whistler Village’s The Cellar by Araxi for the closed blind-tasting.

Kearney commends the quality of admissions for this year's competition. "Thanks to all the judges, volunteers, and wineries that participated. Cornucopia participants keep raising the bar on the selection of wines put forward for this competition. Holding the judging in Whistler makes so much sense, and our venue, The  Cellar by Araxi, was brilliant! Congratulations to all the winners; it is gratifying to see such deserving top three wines: two elegant, authentic B.C. standouts, and a compelling red from Mt. Etna, Sicily.”

Every winery participating in Cornucopia was given the opportunity to enter their choice of wines into the Top 20 competition.

The Top 20 wines for 2019 are:

Top Bubble: Okanagan Crush Pad Haywire Vintage Bub 2013

Top White: Fort Berens Estate Winery Chardonnay 2018

Top Red: Tenuta Di Fessina Etna Rosso DOC 'Erse' 2015

Best of the Rest, in alphabetical order:
• Antinori Guado Al Tasso il Bruciato Bolgheri 2016
• Barossa Valley Estate GSM 2016
• C.C. Jentsch Cellars Syrah 2016
• Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Extra Brut Tradition NV
• Covert Farms Family Estate Winery Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
• Echo Bay Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2016
• Fontanafredda Gavi di Gavi 2017
• Harper's Trail Estate Winery Chardonnay Sparkling 2016
• Harper's Trail Estate Winery Silver Mane Block Riesling 2018
• Hope Family Wines Treana Red 2015
• Howling Bluff Estate Winery Three Mile Creek Pinot Noir 2017
• Laughing Stock Vineyards Portfolio 2016
• Piaggia Pietranera Carmignano IGT Toscana 2016
• Quails' Gate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2017
• Skaha Vineyard Pinot Blanc 2018
• Stag's Hollow Winery Renaissance Merlot 2016
• Urlar Select Parcels Pinot Noir 2014

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
• Christopher Edens
• Daenna Van Mulligen
• Darryl McDonald
• Joanne DiGeso
• Kurtis Kolt
• Leagh Barkley
• Luc Trottier
• Michael Kompass
• Paul Street
• Perdy Sawyers

With a robust schedule of local restaurant-run events, seminars, various tasting events including the must-attend flagship tasting event Crush Grand Tasting -- there is a menu for every taste and budget.  Don’t miss out – tickets are on sale now. Visit for ticket and event information. Media accreditation is open - forms can be accessed here.




Cornucopia presented by BlueShore Financial is Whistler’s food + drink celebration celebrating its 23rd year. The festival’s eleven days of gourmet food, wines, spirits and craft beer include an exciting line up of talent, including mixologists, sommeliers, and renowned chefs in the food and drink industry. Attracting more than 7,700 people to the resort – and catering to everyone from amateur enthusiasts to aficionados - the diverse program offers educational seminars, wine tasting, elaborate dinners, late-night events and the health and wellness series Nourish. Held on the cusp of the ski season opening in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia; Cornucopia was designed to showcase and support the local food and drink industry. Cornucopia has become recognized as a preeminent representation of the culinary tourism industry in Canada. 

Whistler is Canada’s premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and – Whistler’s official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

Media Contact

Tourism Whistler

Mary Zinck
Media Program - Cornucopia
Manager, Travel Media - Tourism Whistler
Phone: 604-938-2702


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