Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial lives up to its name, featuring a surplus of wine selections to sip, swirl, savour and salivate over throughout the 11 dedicated days of food + drink. The festival features more than 200 tantalizing events, seminars, tastings, parties and demonstrations for guests to relish.
Last week, an expert panel of 10 esteemed wine industry leaders got together in a closed-door, blind tasting to determine the Top 25 wines of Cornucopia 2015 – dream job alert! The competition pits the best of the best against each other to reveal the most outstanding wines of the festival.
Taking the top three spots at Cornucopia’s Top 25 competition are:
– Top Bubble: Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Gold Label Brut
– Top White: C.C. Jentsch Cellars Small Lot Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, 2014
– Top Red: MASI Campofiorin, 2011
How best to celebrate the Cornucopia’s Top 25? Taste them, of course!
We recommend starting the Celebrations with Cornucopia’s Top Bubble, Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut. Crafted by Winemaker Matt Mavety in the Methode Traditionnelle style, this sparkler has a fine mousse, with lemon and toasty character on the nose and across the palate, with a crisp lemon finish.
The wonderfully talented winemaker Amber Pratt, of C.C. Jentsch Cellars in B.C. is celebrating the incredible Top White win, stating “Cornucopia is highly regarded as one of the longest running promoters of amazing B.C. Wine and food, and as such, this is particularly special to be ranked this highly among so many of B.C.’s high quality and respected white wines”.
The Small Lot Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, 2014 is a dream vintage, which screams to be paired with seafood. The tasting notes include refreshing, steely, lemony fruit-kissed, with the nutmeg and vanilla qualities of premium oak. A definite must try at Cornucopia’s CRUSH Grand Gala Tasting event, Nov 7.
Cornucopia’s Top Red was awarded to MASI Campofiorin 2011. Masi has a long-established family history dating back to the 1950’s, where Masi was a pioneer in Italy of the concept of cru, or “single vineyard” wines – meaning wine produced from a single vineyard, with that vineyard’s name appearing on the wine label.
Masi Campofiorin notes attractive hints of cherries, cloves and vanilla. The well-balanced wine features soft and silky tannins, an attractive fruitiness on the palate, supported by good acidity offering a long, lingering finish.
Paula White, Senior Marketing Manager of Authentic Wine & Spirits Merchants explains the Masi Campofiorin as a very versatile wine, stating the wine is “perfect with many different foods such as pizza or pasta with rich sauces or meat sauce and mushrooms. It pairs well with grilled or roasted red meats, game and mature cheeses”.
Are you thirsty yet? Be quick and grab your ticket to CRUSH Grand Gala Tasting
, Cornucopia’s flagship tasting event, where you can personally put all 25 winning wines through the ultimate taste test.
In summary, we leave you with the fine words of Robert Mondavi: “Wine to me is passion. It’s family and friends. It’s warmth of heart and generosity of spirit. Wine is art. It’s culture. It’s the essence of civilization and the art of living”.
We woud like to extend a huge thank you to our expert panel of judges:
Daenna Van Mulligen