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North Okanagan Division - BC Tasting Games

  • East Kelowna Hall 2704 East Kelowna Road Kelowna, BC, V1W 4A5 Canada (map)

The Tasting Games is a hilarious blind tasting competition, with a wine-loving audience tasting the same wines as the experts on stage. The Kelowna event features top sommelier Matthew Landry, wine educator/director DJ Kearney and legend winemaker Howard Soon.

Hosted by Master of Wine Rhys Pender, each of the fun, irreverent events in Oliver, Penticton and Kelowna will feature three wine industry celebrities on stage, blind tasting five wines. The evening will begin with a quick "how to blind taste wine" tutorial from Rhys, and then the game is on!

On stage, the wine experts will debate what they taste in the glass. Expect some heated discussion and a few bluffs, as the celebrities discuss, haggle and use their wine savvy to guess at the mystery wines’ origin, varietal, producer, age and price. Meanwhile, the audience be tasting the exact same wines, listening in to the experts on stage and colluding with their friends to guess at which international wine is in the five glasses. It's an amazing opportunity to learn from (and compete against) some of the best wine tasters in the business, in relaxed, social atmosphere.

After much discussion and cajoling, the experts and the audience members will hand in their best guesses. While the results are tabulated, the celebrities will mingle with the audience, enjoying chef-prepared small bites and glasses of local wine. Enjoy the camaraderie, as proceeds from the evening benefit viticulture scholarships and culinary education.

At the end of the evening, Rhys will reveal what actually was in the glass. The top-scoring wine celebrity from on stage and the top scoring audience member will be invited to compete on stage at the BC Tasting Games Finale in Kelowna.

The title of “Best Wine Taster in BC” is up for grabs – and anyone can win!


This year the Tasting Games will feature 9 amazing wine experts from across the province. Who would you like to beat?

Meet your North Okanagan Division Tasting Games celebrity competitors...

Matthew Landry: 2019 BC Sommelier of the Year. General Manager/Beverage Director at the Stable House Bistro in Vancouver. Matt holds a WSET Advanced and is a Certified Sommelier.

DJ Kearney: Director of Wine at New District. DJ holds a WSET Diploma, is the VP of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, BC Chapter, and a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier.

Howard Soon: Master Winemaker at Vanessa Vineyard and former winemaker at Canadian Winery of the Year Sandhill. Howard was recognized as a Spirited Industry Professional by the Vancouver International's Wine Festival.


Tickets for the North Okanagan event May 7, 2019, as well as the Penticton and Oliver events are on sale now:

Every ticket includes blind tasting of 5 wines, chef-prepared small bites, laughter, wine camaraderie, and a chance to earn a seat in the Tasting Games finale.

Participants of this event must be 19 years or older to attend. Proof of age may be required.

Earlier Event: April 30
Later Event: May 9