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8 Nov

Cornucopia Whistler Reveals Their Top 25 Wines

A panel of 11 judges sipped, sampled and savoured a breathtaking number of individually incredible wines to select the best of the best for Cornucopia presented by BlueShore Financial’s Top 25 wines.

“The Top 25 Celebratory Reception is an opportunity for us to recognizing the contribution that each winery makes to our festival.” says Dana Lee Harris of Dana Lee Consulting Ltd., wine events programmer for Cornucopia. “This event is an evening that is all about the wines and the people who make them.”

Each winery participating in Crush was offered the opportunity to enter wines they felt best made a quality statement, into the running for the Top 25 wine competition.  The judges tasted in a closed tasting session before making their final selection.

Wine lovers and aficionados who want to taste these winning wines will have the opportunity on Saturday, November 9 in a casual setting at the Whistler Public Library. Tickets for the event are $35 and will sell out quickly.  They can be purchased online at

The Top 25 wines are:

Top BubbleCharles de Cazanove Brut Premier Cru NV

Top WhiteFort Berens Estate Winery Chardonnay 2012

Top RedStoneboat Vineyards Pinot Noir 2011

Best of the Rest, in alphabetical order:

  • 8th Generation Merlot 2011
  • 8th Generation Riesling 2012
  • Antinori Bramito del Cervo Chardonnay 2011
  • Blasted Church Cabernet Merlot 2010
  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Gold Label Brut NV
  • Bottega Gold NV
  • Calliope Viognier 2012
  • Chaberton Estate Winery AC 50  2008
  • Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling 2011
  • Michael David 6th Sense Syrah 2011
  • Michael David 7 Deadly Zins 2011
  • Michael David Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
  • Michael David Petite Petit 2010
  • Mission Hill Family Estate Quatrain 2009
  • Noble Ridge Reserve Meritage 2008
  • Perseus Merlot 2011
  • Ramos Pinto Douro Duas Quintas Red 2010
  • Salvatore Molettieri Riserva Taurasi – Vigna Cinque Querce 2006
  • Santa Ana La Mascota Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
  • Stoneboat Vineyards Piano Brut NV
  • Stoneboat Vineyards Pinotage 2011
  • Tightrope Winery Pinot Noir 2012

Cornucopia Faces + Places

Samantha Rahn – Wine Director,  Araxi restaurant + bar

A passionate sommelier and world-traveler, Samantha arrived at Araxi in October, 2007 following a tour through Burgundy. Previously residing in Banff, Rahn was wine director at the award-winning Maple Leaf Grille for six years where she led the restaurant to numerous recognitions, including Wine Spectator’s ‘Best of’ Award of Excellence

Trained at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and with over 15 years of hospitality experience, Samantha sources exciting, value-driven wines to complement Araxi’s highly acclaimed, 11,000 bottle library. In 2013, Samantha won the title of “Sommelier of the Year” at the Vancouver International Wine Festival and was recognized with the “Premier Crew Service Award” at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. An accomplished musician, Samantha is also a former snowboard cross racer, certified snowboard coach and avid downhill mountain bike competitor.


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