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Rhys Pender

An unrealistically young Rhys Pender.

THIS SITE IS UNDER DEVELOPMENT & HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED FOR A WHILE. I’LL BE ENDEAVOURING TO UPDATE CONTENT WHEN TIME PERMITS (DOES LIFE EVER SLOW DOWN?). APOLOGIES. RHYS PENDER MW

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).

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 and sits on the board for the Okanagan Wine Festival Society as Judging Chair. Rhys is a regular contributor on wine to publications Wine Access, Savour, Scout Magazine, CityFood, Oil & Gas Magazine and Montecristo. He has also recently launched rhyspender.com to provide wine reviews and comment on the wine world. 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. 

You can reach him at rhys@wineplus.ca or by phone at +(1) 250.317.8796.

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