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Rhys Pender MW

Rhys Pender MW

Became an MW 2010

Based in Canada

Languages English


Rhys is a Master of Wine who combines his time writing, judging, teaching, consulting and dirtying his boots at his 4-acre vineyard and winery - Little Farm Winery ( - in the Similkameen Valley of BC, Canada. His wine school, Wine Plus+, has been teaching Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) to budding wine pros since 2008. To make sure he eats well he has also completed a Professional Culinary Diploma and has been named by Western Living magazine as one of the ?Top 40 Foodies Under 40? in Western Canada. He is a Principal Critic and Writer for and a regular contributor to Canadian publications such as Macleans, Montecristo and Taste. Rhys judges wine competitions internationally such as the Decanter World Wine Awards, TexSomm as well as for WineAlign and the Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards in Canada.

Primary area(s) of work: Wine production, Communication

Industry sector(s): Project management, Viticulture, Winemaking, Marketing, Business owner, Buying, Journalism, Author, Educator, Consultant, Wine judge

Wine styles: Natural, Orange wines, Still white, Still red, Still rosé, Still wines

Wine region expertise: Canada

Market expertise: Australia, Canada, South America, Spain

Specialisms: Wine varieties, Clones, Vine propagation, Life cycle of the vine, Establishment of vineyards, Acquisition of vineyards, Factors affecting grape growing, Cultivation of the vine, Organic viticulture, Commercial advice on vinyard establishment, Processing of grapes, Fermentation, Maturation and blending, Economics of wine production, Elevage / maturation, Blending, Preparation of finished wine for bottling, Packing and labelling, Marketing wine, Supplier/customer relationships, Identifying and meeting consumer demand, Routes to market, Food and wine pairing, Restaurant wines, Wine labels, Wine tourism, Branding, Wine judging