Top 20 wines at Cornucopia!

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

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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