Unique two-day festival brings together international wineries, craft breweries, cideries, gastronomy & more
On September 7 and 8, the annual Top Drop Vancouver event will return, with its continued focus on sustainably-farmed, handcrafted wines offering a distinct sense of place, without heavy-handed winemaking trickery to get in the way. While honest wines are the centrepiece of the festival, the restaurant and wine industry professionals behind the event believe craft beer, cider and gastronomical pursuits are all part of the same dynamic conversation, with each playing a key part in the event.
Over the two days, Top Drop offers Vancouver’s wine professionals unique educational opportunities and a trade-only tasting, while consumers are invited to attend THE MAIN EVENT tasting in the evening on Thursday, September 8. As Top Drop’s flagship experience, The Main Event is a walk-around, grazing-style tasting where, alongside sips and stories from the principals of 35 international wineries, attendees can visit and taste with a good handful of British Columbian craft breweries, cideries and food purveyors. Top Drop Vancouver has partnered with Everything Wine and Libations Liquor Store to offer a retail component, allowing attendees to purchase a selection of highlights from the tasting line-up directly on site.
THE MAIN EVENT will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 8th at Yaletown’s Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews). A full list of event participants follows, and can be found on the festival’s website. Tickets are $69 and available online at TopDropVancouver.com. Event proceeds going to the BC Hospitality Foundation, an organization providing financial support to individuals from the hospitality industry facing a major medical crisis.
The festival will also be announcing details on the Top Drop Dinner Series in coming weeks. The dinners will take place on Wednesday, September 7th, with some of Vancouver and Whistler’s most-lauded restaurants hosting casual, family style meals with a collection of Top Drop wineries at each venue.
PARTICIPANTS IN THE MAIN EVENT 2016
Altos Las Hormigas – Mendoza, Argentina
Angela Estate – Yamhill–Carlton, Oregon
Averill Creek Vineyard – Vancouver Island, BC
Bella Wines – Okanagan Valley, BC
Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars – Okanagan Valley, BC
Bodegas Muriel – Rioja Alavesa, Spain
Borgogno – Piedmont, Italy
Bottega – La Cantina dei Poeti – Veneto, Italy
C.C. Jentsch Cellars – Golden Mile Bench, BC
Castello di Ama – Siena, Italy
Château Pesquie – Rhône, France
Corcelettes Estate Winery – Similkameen Valley, BC
Craggy Range – Gimblett Graves, New Zealand
Daydreamer Wines – Okanagan Valley, BC
De Mour Propriétaire et Négociant – Bordeaux, France
Delas Freres – Rhône, France
Domaine Le Soula – Côtes Catalanes, France
Illahe Vineyards – Willamette Valley, Oregon
Justin Vineyards & WInery – Paso Robles, California
La Spinetta – Piedmont, Italy
La Stoppa & Denavolo – Emilia Romagna, Italy
Langmeil Winery – Barossa Valley, Australia
Laughing Stock Vineyards – Naramata, BC
Les Halos de Jupiter & Château de Nages – Rhône, France
M. Chapoutier Domaine Tournon – Victoria, Australia
Maculan – Veneto, Italy
Poderi dal Nespoli – Romagna, Italy
Schug Carneros Estate – Carneros, California
Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery – Sonoma County, California
Soter Vineyards – Yamhill–Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Stag’s Hollow Winery – Okanagan Valley, BC
Stonestreet Winery – Alexander Valley, California
Terravista Vineyards – Naramata Bench, BC
Teusner – Barossa Valley, Australia
TintoNegro – Mendoza, Argentina
Undurraga – Maipo, Colchagua, Almahue, Leyda, Maule, Chile
Wine Australia Regional Collection
Wines of South Africa Regional Collection
Craft Breweries & Cideries
Sea Cider Farm & Cider House – Vancouver Island, B.C
Main Street Brewing Company – Vancouver, B.C.
Ascot Beer Cocktails – Vancouver, B.C.
Nelson The Seagull – Vancouver, B.C
Two Rivers Specialty Meats – North Vancouver, B.C.
Benton Brothers Fine Cheese – Vancouver, B.C.
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