Okanagan Wine Campus, created in 2011 by Okanagan Crush Pad, is a mentorship program that provides the person named Vancouver’s Sommelier of the Year a chance to make a small lot wine using the grape variety and style of their choice. The proceeds from the sale of the wine are given to the BC Hospitality Foundation to fund a wine scholarship to support students pursuing their higher level wine education certification. To date, $15,000 has been awarded to more than 20 individuals with more scholarships in the works.
Wine Campus @ Okanagan Crush Pad projects:
2010 Sommelier of the Year – Kurtis Kolt – Kurtis Semillon 2011 – released June 2012 – SOLD OUT.
2011 Sommelier of the Year – Owen Knowlton – Owen Cabernet Franc 2012 – released June 2013 – SOLD OUT.
2012 Sommelier of the Year – Terry Threlfall – TNT Chardonnay 2012 – released November 2013. Limited stock available.
2013 Sommelier of the Year – Samantha Rahn – Samantha Syrah 2013 – SOLD OUT.
2014 Sommelier of the Year – Mike Bernardo – Mike B Riesling Cabinett 2014 – Now available!