It’s the best of the best Whistler Cornucopia Wine Top 25 announced

Whistler, B.C. – A record number of individually outstanding wines was submitted for consideration of the 2014 Cornucopia’s Top 25 selection. 10 distinguished judges from B.C.’s wine industry sampled, swirled and savoured in their quest to select the best of the best for Cornucopia’s Top 25.

Festival goers can taste these winning wines at the Top 25 Celebratory Reception taking place on Saturday, November 8 at the Whistler Public Library. Tickets for the event are $35 Cdn and always sell out quickly. The event is just one of many at Whistler’s Cornucopia presented by Blue Shore Financial – an 11-day celebration of food and drink.

Each winery participating in Crush Gala Grand Tasting was offered the opportunity to enter wines into the Top 25 competition. The judges tasted in a closed session before making their final selection.

“We, the judges, chose some very fine wines here!” says Daenna Van Mulligen, wine writer, accredited sommelier and Top 25 judge; “I’ve been a judge since Top 25 started and I have to say the quality this year was the best yet.”

Without further ado, the best of the best Top 25 wines for 2014 are:

Top White – Quails’ Gate Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2013

Top Red – Privato Vineyard and Winery Pinot Noir 2011

Top Bubble – Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut

Best of the Rest, in alphabetical order:

50th Parallel Estate Pinot Noir 2012
50th Parallel Estate Riesling 2013
50th Parallel Estate Rosé 2013
Achaval Ferrer Mendoza Malbec 2012
BC Wine Studio Siren’s Call Harmonious 2011
Benjamin Bridge Brut 2008
Black Sage Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Cocci Grifoni “Le Torri” Rosso Pecino Superiore 2008
Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Sophia 2010
Custoza Superiore Bianco Monte del Fra Ca Del Magro 2011
Fairview Cellars Cabernet Franc 2012
Kunde Family Estate Sonoma County Chardonnay 2012
La Mascota Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Moon Curser Dead of Night 2011
Paolo Conterno Barolo “Ginestra” DOCG 2008
Pentage Winery Viognier 2013
Peter Lehmann Portrait Shiraz 2012
Road 13 Chardonnay 2011
Road 13 Syrah Malbec 2012
Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 2009
Stoneboat Vineyards Pinotage 2012
Thornhaven Estate Winery Syrah 2012

Cornucopia presented by BlueShore Financial is Whistler’s food + drink celebration celebrating its 18th year. The festival features a wide selection of wines, spirits, and craft beer along with an exciting line up of talent, including mixologists, sommeliers, and renowned chefs in the food and drink industry. The diverse program offers educational seminars, wine tasting, elaborate dinners, late-night events and the return of last year’s successful health and wellness series Nourish, November 6-16, 2014.

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