The first ever Cornucopia Wine Summit is set to take place in the renowned mountain resort of Whistler, British Columbia as part of the resort’s 20th annual food and drink festival – Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial.
Over the course of two days, the Cornucopia Wine Summit will showcase the BC Wine Industry in a variety of panels, discussions and debates. Topics will range from case studies of industry successes to the challenges facing today’s producers to forums for exchanging ideas with the goal of shaping a successful future. Highlights of the Summit include: Cornucopia’s 20th Anniversary Party showcasing Whistler culinary offerings; discussion forums including Rebels & Icons and, The Future of BC Wine; culminating with the Cellar Door Grand Tasting and much, much more.
Leading the discussions, debates and panels will be 13 of the wine industry’s leading influencers, educators, advocates and winemakers from around the world. Festival organizers are thrilled to announce the participation of the following acclaimed international oenophiles taking part in the inaugural Summit.
• Multi-award winning wine writer Jamie Goode for WineAnorak, and a London-based wine judge. The SundayExpress UK wine columnist and lecturer will present the Keynote Address and share his unparalleled perspective on wine from both British Columbia and around the world. Goode has visited Canada’s wine regions on several occasions and most recently was a judge at both the 2016 National Wine Awards of Canada as well as the 2nd Annual Judgement of BC Wine Tasting. Goode has received numerous writing awards and just recently launched his new book: I Taste Red: Understanding the Flavour of Wine published by Quarto/University of California press.
• Madeline Puckette, chief wine communicator at WineFolly.com will provide insight into marketing online for the wine industry. As the author of the New York Times bestseller, Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine; Puckette’s background in visual design, music and restaurants has helped shape her communication of all things wine through infographics, and social media. Puckette’s awards and accolades include: Court Of Master Sommeliers Certified Sommelier (Level 2); 40 Under 40 – Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2015/16; Wine Blogger of the Year – International Wine and Spirits, 2013/14; and Top Wine Writer – Quora, 2012.
• Winemaker Charles Smith of Charles Smith Wines in Washington State is considered a true artisan and pioneer in the wine world. Charles Smith Wines is the largest winemaker-owned winery, and the third largest winery overall, in Washington State. The brand expanded in 2015 with the opening of Charles Smith Jet City, the largest urban winery on the West Coast. As a self-taught winemaker, Smith has received 85 scores of 95 points and above and more than 350 scores of 90 points and above from leading wine publications such as Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine & Spirits. As the recipient of numerous awards, Smith is the only person to have won “Winemaker of the Year” by both Food & Wine and Wine Enthusiast magazines.
Goode, Puckette and Smith will be joined by familiar local British Columbia faces of wine including Michaela Morris (wine writer & Summit Host); Sid Cross (International Wine & Food Society), Cynthia Enns (Laughing Stock Vineyards), Andrew Windsor (Tinhorn Creek Winery), David Paterson (Tantalus Wines), Ian Tostenson (BC Restaurant & Food Association), Karen Graham (Winedrops), Mark Hicken (Winedrops), Mike Klassen (BC Wine Appellation Task Group) and passionate Whistler local Jack Crompton.