Cornucopia’s Top 20 Competition

An expert panel of 10 esteemed industry leaders will announce the Top 20 Wines from Cornucopia 2018 this Fall. The competition illustrates the enormous talent existing at Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial, pitting a vast selection of exceptional wines against each other to reveal the festival’s Top 20 wines.

Each winery that participates in Cornucopia is given the opportunity to enter their choice of their wines into the Top 20 competition. The panel of judges will taste all submissions in a closed, blind-tasting session before declaring the official Top 20 of 2018. Stay tuned to find out who is chosen this year!

 

2018 Judges:

  • DJ Kearney: Head Judge
  • Daenna Van Mulligen
  • Darin Newton
  • Darryl McDonald
  • David Brownridge
  • Eric Blouin
  • Eric Griffith
  • Geoff Weddell
  • Joanne DiGeso
  • Kurtis Kolt
  • Michael Kompass
  • Paul Street
  • Samantha Rahn

 

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

 

2017 Results:
Top White: Quails’ Gate Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2015

Top Red: TIME Winery Syrah 2013

Best of the Rest, in alphabetical order:

  • 50th Parallel Estate Pinot Noir 2015
  • 50th Parallel Estate Riesling 2016
  • Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz 2015
  • Basel Cellars Double River Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla 2013
  • BenMarco Malbec 2015
  • Clos du Soleil Signature 2013
  • Corcelettes Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2016
  • David Hill Vineyard & Winery Estate Grown Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014
  • DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc 2015
  • DeLille Cellars D2 2013
  • Desert Hills Gamay 2016
  • El Esteco Don David Reserve Malbec 2015
  • Fort Berens Riesling 2016
  • Howling Bluff Pinot Noir, ACTA Vineyard 2014
  • Kestrel Vintners Yakima Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
  • Long Shadows Pedestal Merlot 2014
  • Lunessence Pinot Blanc Oraniensteiner 2016
  • Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2011
  • Thornhaven Estates Winery Gewurztraminer 2016
  • Treana Blanc 2014
  • Treana Red 2014
  • Villa Maria Single Vineyard
  • Southern Clays Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Vina Ventisquero Grey Cabernet 2014

 

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

 

Judges Daenna Van Mulligen, Geoff Weddell and Michael Kompass (2016) – Photo: Julie Zoney