EP 307 | BC Top 50 wines with 2 judges Rhys Pender & DJ Kearney

For years, there have been multiple wine competitions no matter what country or region.

The BC wine industry is no exception.

The latest wine awards are The BC Top 50 wines and Wine of the Year as part of the 2024 Okanagan Spring Wine Festival, which is on now.

Friday night the results were announced at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre and then hundreds descended on the trade floor to do their own judging.

Kimberly Hundertmark, the GM of The Wine Fests said on Tasting Room Radio last week that wineries were asked to send their very best releases.

We have two guests and dear friends on this Podcast. Both are wine stars and both were  judges at  this event

DJ Kearney.  A Global wine authority, educator and Director of Wine at Terminal City Club. Black Belt.

Rhys Pender – Master of Wine. Co-owner of Little Farm Wine in Cawston and owner of Wine Plus. World’s greatest fisherman.

We can now include here who made the Top 50 wines list and which winery won  Wine of the Year


Dirty Laundry Vineyard

Cellar Series Gamay


Winery Name Brand Name Vintage
3Benches Estate Winery Hillside White 2022
Bench 1775 Winery Blanc de Blanc 2020
Black Swift Vineyards Hans Estate Malbec 2018
Bordertown Vineyard & Estate Winery Merlot 2019
Chaberton Estate Winery Cabernet Franc Reserve 2019
Chaberton Estate Winery La Fleur de Chaberton 2023
Crown & Thieves Chenin Blanc 2022
Culmina Family Estate Winery Unicus 2022
Culmina Family Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
Deep Roots Winery Syrah 2021
Evolve Cellars Brut Rose 2018
Four Shadows Winery Riesling Classic 2023
French Door Estate Winery Malbec 2022
Gidda Family Estates One Block Zweigelt 2020
Gneiss Wines The Chief Reserve 2020
Hester Creek Estate Winery GSM 2022
Hester Creek Estate Winery Viognier 2023
Hillside Winery & Bistro Cabernet Franc 2020
Hillside Winery & Bistro Chef’s Whites 2023
Inniskillin Okanagan Estate Winery Estate Riesling Icewine 2022
JoieFarm Winery Secrest Mountain Pinot Noir 2022
Kismet Estate Winery Syrah Family Select 2021
Lakeside Cellars Rose 2022
Moon Curser Vineyards Touriga Nacional 2022
Moraine Estate Winery Estate Pinot Noir 2022
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery Reserve Syrah 2020
Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery The One 2017
Peak Cellars Terraces Dry Riesling 2022
Phantom Creek Estates Phantom Creek Vineyard Cuvee No.29 2020
Poplar Grove Winery Three Roses 2022
River Stone Estate Winery Corner Stone 2019
Sandhill Wines Sandhill Small Lots One 2019
SpearHead Winery Pinot Noir Pommard 2022
Stag’s Hollow Winery Renaissance Merlot 2020
Stag’s Hollow Winery Renaissance Chardonnay 2022
Summerhill Pyramid Winery Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
Tantalus Vineyards Old Vines Riesling 2021
Terravista Syrah 2022
Terravista Fandango 2023
Terravista Albariño 2023
Three Sisters Winery Bench Red 2022
Tightrope Winery Pinot Noir Fleet Road 2022
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Franc 2021
Township 7 Vineyards & Winery Seven Stars Sirius 2016
Upper Bench Estate Winery & Creamery Chardonnay 2021
Vanessa Vineyard Estate Winery Inc. Syrah 2019
Vanessa Vineyard Estate Winery Inc. Goltz Legacy 2019
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery Gidda Family Estate Royale II (Blanc de Blanc) 2020
Wild Goose Winery Gewurztraminer 2023