2019 Tasting Games Finalists
They’ve sniffed, they’ve swirled, and the 6 top wine tasters in B.C. have earned their place on stage in the Tasting Games Finale next Tuesday, May 21, 7pm at the East Kelowna Hall.
Come cheer on your favourite competitor by repping their colour and tasting along with them. The top scoring audience member at the Finale will be invited on stage in 2020!
meet the finalists
A winemaker, a wine experience planner, a grape farmer, a wine purchaser, and two sommeliers... who is your bet on?
Severine Pinte & Cynthia Enns
Severine is the respected and revered winemaker at La Stella and Le Vieux Pin. After a brief stop in France where her father trained her with blind tastings each day, Sev’s now on a wine trade mission in the UK. She’s pouring her South Okanagan wines for the admiring Brits, but will be back just in time to take on...
Cynthia is a Naramata legend. The former owner of Laughling Stock Vineyards, she’s now farming a Pinot Noir block at 1 Mill Road. She has a highly developed global palate and sports a reflex-quick ability to tell what’s in the glass. Will she triumph against....
Tanja Martell & Shanyn Ward
Tanja grew up working in her family’s tour business and now co-runs Red Lips Wine Sips, a custom wine experience company out of Kelowna. She’s approaching the Tasting Games the way she attacked high performance sports as a kid - with passion and training. The recent runner-up to the Iron Sommelier competition, Tanja is on fire and ready to take on...
Shanyn is a quiet resource to all the other wine pros in the valley, facilitating purchasing for Cask & Barrel, hosting industry tastings and even running winemakers’ tasting clubs. She’s a strong and silent contender, with massive tasting experience and in depth knowledge on global wines. Watch out as she humbly and graciously tries to out-taste...
Matthew Landry & Christina Hartigan
Matt is the current reigning “Best Sommelier in BC” and he says he’s never giving up the trophy. By night, he’s the wine director for four top Vancouver restaurants, including the Stablehouse Bistro. By day, he’s relentlessly traveling the wine world, exploring the global viticulture scene and judging wine competitions. He’d like nothing more than to beat his friend and travel buddy...
Christina was the runner-up in the “Best Sommelier in BC” competition, but as she likes to remind Matt, she actually won the tasting portion. As wine director at the Wildebeest Restaurant in Vancouver, she is constantly expanding her palate and searching for new exciting wines. She’s at the top of her sensory game... who will emerge with the Tasting Games trophy?
it could be you next year!
Do you want to show off your wine tasting prowess on stage next year? Well, the audience winner from the May 21 Tasting Games Finale will be invited back on stage for the 2020 Tasting Games!
There is only one way to secure your spot as a finalist for the 2020 games - that’s to buy a ticket to the Finale and blind taste your way in! You know you want to... Get your Tasting Games Finale tickets now!