TASTING GAMES FORMAT
Hosted by Master of Wine, Rhys Pender, the BC Tasting Games is a cut-throat, hilarious blind tasting competition, with a wine-loving audience competing against the experts.
At each of the three divisional events, three renowned wine experts will compete on stage, blind tasting five wines. They will debate, discuss, bluff, and use their wine savvy to guess at the mystery wines’ origin, varietal, age, and price. The audience will get to blind taste the same exact wines and stealthily compete with the experts.
After the results are revealed, one of the experts and the top scoring audience member will be invited to the BC Tasting Games Finale.
Who will win the title “Best Wine Taster in BC”? Is it you?
EXPERTS TO BEAT
This year the BC Tasting Games will feature 9 amazing wine experts from across the province. Who would you like to beat?
SOUTH OKANAGAN DIVISION, APRIL 23 AT TERRAFINA BY RAUDZ AT HESTER CREEK IN OLIVER, BC
Featuring: Severine Pinte: Winemaker at Le Vieux Pin and La Stella wineries; Wes Hunter: Beverage Operations, RauDZ Creative Concepts; and David Paterson: General Manager and Winemaker at TantalusVineyards.
NORTH OKANAGAN DIVISION, MAY 7 AT EAST KELOWNA HALL IN KELOWNA, BC
Featuring: Matthew Landry: 2019 BC Sommelier of the Year; DJ Kearney: VP of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers; and Howard Soon: Master Winemaker at Vanessa Vineyard
CENTRAL OKANAGAN DIVISION, MAY 14 AT THE SHATFORD CENTRE IN PENTICTON, BC
Featuring: Mark Filatow: Wine Spectator-winning executive chef and sommelier of Waterfront Restaurant & Wine Bar; Sandra Oldfield: member of the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame; Christina Hartigan: Runner up in the 2019 Sommelier of the Year competition.
BC TASTING GAMES FINALE, MAY 21 AT EAST KELOWNA HALL IN KELOWNA, BC
Want to taste along with the experts, and silently compete to be one of three wildcard tasters in the finale? Every ticket includes a five wine tasting flight, chef-prepared small bites, and a whole lot of fun. Tickets at: TastingGames.ca
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This exciting event is a Terroir Consulting project organized by wine researchers Arnica Rowan and Darcen Esau, in cahoots with Master of Wine and farmer Rhys Pender of Wine Plus+.
The BC Tasting Games are proudly sponsored by the wonderful folks at JAK'S Beer Wine Spirits.
Proceeds from the events will benefit viticulture students at Okanagan College and participants in Start Fresh Project’s Culinary Arts and Farm Education program.