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, SIP and Montecristo. Rhys has judged with the National Wine Awards of Canada, the BC Wine Awards, 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. Rhys instructs the Okanagan WSET® and educational programs for Wine Plus+.

Mail Address: For Samples & Correspondence:
Wine Plus+
Rhys Pender MW
101 – 1865 Dilworth Drive
Suite # 152
Kelowna, BC. V1Y 9T1. Canada
Mobile: +1.250.317.8796

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Owner Rhys Pender MW & Wine Plus+ offers consultingtraining & writing services & more.


“When I first got into wines it was because I work for my parents and the wine list was a huge part of work, I was hesitant at first as I thought of it as a old mans club. Even after having other teacher’s while I have been doing my diploma, I must say Rhys was one of my favorite. He is not intimidating for a man who knows so much, he was not the teacher to scold you when you said the wrong thing infact he encouraged participation. I don’t think I would have continued had I not had Rhys as my teacher in the beginning.” LUIGI COCCARO, WINE DIRECTOR AT LA BUSSOLA RESTAURANT (completed WSET Diploma)