World-Class Wine Talent To Whistler In 2016

August 25, 2016

How do you make an already flavour-packed 11 day convivium of people and taste even better? Invite two of the brightest and freshest thinkers from the International world of wine. This fall for Cornucopia’s 20th Anniversary, Dr. Jamie Goode and Madeline Puckette will join the expert line-up of talent at Whistler’s celebration of the best of food and drink.

Jamie Goode of is a London-based wine writer, lecturer and wine judge who is currently a wine columnist with UK national newspaper The Sunday Express. As Cornucopia’s Keynote Speaker, Jamie anchors 2016’s inaugural Cornucopia Wine Summit – a freshly launched industry forum for exchange, debate and celebration.  Over this two day conference, Jamie will bring his unparalleled perspective on wine from both British Columbia and around the world.  Having visited Canada’s wine regions several times and having been a judge at last summer’s 2nd Annual Judgement of BC Wine Tasting and most recently at the 2016 National Wine Awards of Canada, Jamie understands Canadian and British Columbian wine and how it sits amongst its International peers.  A multiple award winning writer Jamie has, most recently in 2016, just launched I Taste Red: Understanding the Flavour of Wine, published by Quarto/University of California press.

Joining Jamie Goode is New York Times bestselling author Madeline Puckette, wine’s bright spark of the internet and chief wine communicator at Wine Folly.  Madeline, along with her friend Justin Hammack, founded Wine Folly in 2011.  Wine Folly is an entertaining and educational site that offers answers to wine questions.  In only a few years, Wine Folly has taken the online relationship between wine and social media to a whole new level. hosts millions of visitors each month and offers tips, articles, videos and products that help people be confident with wine–in any situation. The site has received accolades from International Wine and Spirits Competition as Wine Blogger of the year in 2013, ranks in top 5 for websites about wine, and #1 on the topic of learning about wine. The site’s wine infographics have been featured on, Buzz Feed, Huffington Post, Fast Company, LifeHacker and the Washington Post among others.

Madeline calls herself a graphic designer and music lover turned wine geek.  And as the author of the NYT best-selling book, Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine, her background in visual design, music and restaurant hospitality have helped shape her communication of wine through infographics, entertainment and social media. Madeline’s accolades include Court of Master Sommeliers Certified Sommelier (Level 2), 40 Under 40 – Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2015–2016, Wine Blogger of the Year -International Wine and Spirits Competition 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 Advocated, 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.

Have a burning question about the world of food and wine?  Jamie, Charles and Madeline and all of Cornucopia’s exceptional 2016 talent and experts are sure to have the answers.  Come to Whistler this November to learn, experience and appreciate the best with the best.

See you in November!
Kelly Hand
Cornucopia Event Director