Wine Plus+ is a wine company owned and operated by Rhys Pender MW with the goal to further the enjoyment of wine through education. Wine Plus+ runs a WSET school, conducts educational wine seminars, designs and delivers staff training and provides consulting to help you start and run an effective wine business.
Rhys Pender MW – Owner
Rhys Pender MW is a wine educator, freelance wine writer, wine judge and consultant to the industry. Working in the wine trade since age 14, Rhys’ career has included experience in the vineyard, cellar, wine retail, education and hospitality – providing knowledge in all facets of the business. In 2010 Rhys became Canada’s youngest Master of Wine (MW) and was awarded the Taransaud Award for best Production of Wine paper.
To ensure a full understanding of wine in its key context, with food, Rhys has also completed a professional culinary diploma. He has taught hundreds of wine classes for WSET®, Okanagan College and privately to wineries, restaurants and corporate groups. He consults to the industry on marketing, new winery development, wine evaluations, viticulture, business planning, food and wine pairing and staff training. Rhys is a regular contributor on wine to publications WineAlign, Taste and Montecristo. Rhys has judged with the National Wine Awards of Canada, the World Wine Awards of Canada, the Decanter World Wine Awards, Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards and the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition. In 2008, Rhys was named by Western Living magazine as one of the “Top 40 Foodies Under 40” in Western Canada.
In 2009 Rhys and his wife Alishan planted a small 4 acre vineyard at their Cawston home to sweat out some of the calories associated with a life of food and wine. Rhys’ future career plan is to wait for Robert Parker to retire so he can finally claim back his initials RP for wine reviews. Rhys instructs the WSET® and educational programs for Wine Plus+.
2155 Newton Road
Cawston, BC. V0X 1C1
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