Cornucopia’s Top 20 Competition

A panel of 11 esteemed industry experts announced the Top 20 wines for Cornucopia 2019. Every winery participating in Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial, was given the opportunity to enter their choice of wines into the Top 20 competition, which were then judged in a closed, blind tasting by a diverse panel of professionals hailing from Whistler and Vancouver.

The results are now in! Sample these outstanding wines and more at Cornucopia’s flagship event CRUSH Grand Tasting – tickets are on sale now.

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

2019 Judges:

• DJ Kearney, Head Judge
• Christopher Edens
• Daenna Van Mulligen
• Darryl McDonald
• Joanne DiGeso
• Kurtis Kolt
• Leagh Barkley
• Luc Trottier
• Michael Kompass
• Paul Street
• Perdy Sawyers


A huge thanks to The Cellar by Araxi for hosting us during the judging event!


Top 20* Wall located at the entrance to Whistler Conference Centre (2016) – Photo: Julie Zoney