The Whistler Insider

Cornucopia: Guide for Wine Buffs and Industry Insiders

Updated: October 2018

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From vine to table, the world of wine is simply fascinating and it’s one of the key themes at Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial. From November 8 – 18, 2018 the festival of food and drink will attract an exceptional number of wineries, vitners and industry experts to the mountains for 11 days of seminars and social gatherings. Whether you are an avid consumer or in the business of creating and serving wine Whistler is the place to sharpen your palate, network with like-minded professionals and find new and exciting wines to share.

We’ve gathered together a few of the events from the Cornucopia schedule that might appeal to those who love a drop of wine more than the average person – explore them all and book tickets well in advance to ensure your seat at the table.

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Networking & Educational Courses

WSET Level 1 Course
Want to take your wine appreciation up a notch? The Wine and Spirit Education Trust is coming to Whistler offering two levels of certification to further your taste education. Instruction on tasting technique and wine fundamentals will appeal to serious wine-lovers, collectors and those who dream of a career as sommelier. Registration includes extras such as ISO certified glasses and a free ticket to the Crush Grand Tasting.
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Washington State Wines Trade Seminar
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Cornucopia Trade Only Tasting
Do you work in hospitality or a wine related field? This event offers an industry-only tasting experience for managers, bartenders, sommeliers, wine directors and more featuring exclusive wines not poured during any other Cornucopia event.
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Crush Grand Tasting with New Sommelier Tours
The signature tasting event of the festival is a fantastic place to meet and mingle with wine lovers and friends. Insider tip: Early entry ensures plenty of time to work your way around the tables. For those interested in an expert opinion, the new Sommelier Tours are small groups guided by local sommeliers for an intelligently curated selection of the most interesting wines on offer.
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Seminars

Walk away with more knowledge than ever before with Cornucopia’s Seminar Series and Culinary Stage Series. Here’s a small selection of the vast range on offer, covering the history and key tasting features of a multitude of different wines, regions and grapes.

Drink Seminar: Top Value Wines
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Drink Seminar: Chenin Blanc: Live With Style, Age With Grace
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The Culinary Stage at Cornucopia: Whistler Debates Presents Cicerone Vs. Sommelier
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Drink Seminar: A Journey of the Senses, Riedel Tasting Seminar
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Dine & Socialize

Wine is serious business, but you’ve also got to let your hair down. We recommend browsing the complete list of dinners and parties to find evening entertainment that suits your mood. You might just be able to impress your fellow guests with your newly acquired knowledge.

It’s less than a month to the festival, so now’s the time to start thinking about your schedule. For more information, including ticket and accommodation packages, visit Whistler.com.