Something Old, Something New

November 5, 2017

Celebrate Wine and Food with Old Favourites, and Discover New Ones!

Fall has arrived in Whistler, the air is crisp and the first big snow storm is in the books. For me, as Cornucopia Ambassador and Wine Director of Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar and The Cellar by Araxi, plus consulting Sommelier to Whistler Blackcomb and others, it’s the busiest time of year. It was a glorious, sunny summer filled with delicious Rose, amazing fresh white wines and lots and lots of bubbles. My goal is always to bring great wine to everyone in Whistler, locals and visitors alike. This season more than ever, I feel it’s about celebrating and rediscovering old favourites and in equal measure about getting outside all of our boxes to try something new. There is no better time to do this than Whistler Cornucopia, kicking off in less than two weeks, with tasty events running every day from November 9th to 19th .

Many of your favourite wineries (and mine) are back at Cornucopia this year, pouring their latest vintages at the Crush Grand Tasting as well as other tastings, seminars and dinners throughout Cornucopia. BC is on a string of unique, quality vintages, and you can taste the top-notch whites from the excellent 2016 vintage from some classic favourites like Burrowing Owl, Quails’ Gate, Blasted Church, and Tinhorn Creek. Learn about the challenges of the super hot and early vintage of 2015, and taste the great results of all the hard work these great wineries put in to make fine reds at the mercy of mother nature. And don’t miss the chance to rediscover other classic BC wines, like the fantastic sparkling wines from Summerhill Pyramid Winery.

There are a lot of new, and ‘newer’ BC wineries coming to Whistler this year too, and if you didn’t make it to the Okanagan, Similkameen Valley, Kamloops or Vancouver Island for some wine touring this summer, Whistler Corncuopia is your one stop shop. Meet the passionate people behind such award winning wines as Harper’s Trail in Kamloops and Corcelettes in the Similkameen Valley. Tired of over-oaked wines, as many of you tell me every day? Check out what makes trailblazers Haywire and Narrative wines from Okanagan Crush Pad so delicious with no wood at all. The list of fantastic, family owned wineries coming to share and celebrate BC’s bounty with us this year is amazing!

The Cornucopia Team has assembled an outstanding group of top professionals from across the food and beverage spectrum to share their knowledge with you at a variety of seminars throughout the festival. Tickets are selling fast so be sure to sign up today. This is another opportunity to check out a favourite like Bubbleicious (which always sells out!) and also explore something new, or outside the regular box (do it!) with seminars on South Africa, the Similkameen Valley, or Vermouth. Everyone knows I’m really all about wine, so you will likely find me sitting in on some of the fabulous cocktail and spirit seminars, because we all need to expand our horizons, and keep discovering and learning, right?

So, the challenge is over to you! First, get your tickets now to avoid disappointment. I’m already getting calls every day looking for tickets to our Intimate Wine Dinner Series in The Cellar by Araxi, as many are sold out (check back as more seats may be added in some cases). And be sure to take a moment to try new vintages of your favourites, and pop down to the Cornucopia store in the Conference Centre to stock your cellars. But, most of all, take the time to taste things you’ve never heard of, or know little or nothing of. You will be richly rewarded! The thing I love most in my career is always being able to learn and taste something new, and meet the wonderful farmers and personalities behind them all. It is all happening at this year’s Cornucopia!