The 2nd Annual “Top Drop Vancouver” Promises to Woo Terroir-Focused Oenophiles

We’re getting close to the return of Top Drop Vancouver, a unique, two-day event bringing together international, terroir-focused wineries, craft breweries, cideries, gastronomy & more.

Top Drop Vancouver continues its 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 Top Drop, the group of restaurant and wine industry professionals behind the event believe craft beer, cider and gastronomical pursuits are all part of the same dynamic conversation, and each play a key part in the event.

Top Drop Vancouver 2015 begins Thursday, September 10th with the Top Drop Dinner Series, which includes the following events:

Top Drop: Cinara
7:00 p.m. | 350 West Pender
$99 + Taxes & Gratuities
An evening with Chef Lucais Syme, along with the following wineries & principals:
Stina | Damatia, Croatia | Emil Mehdin – Marketing & Sales Director
Montenidoli | Tuscany, Italy | Elisabetta Fagiuoli – Proprietor, Winemaker
Lock & Worth | Naramata, B.C. | Matthew Sherlock – One of Two
Frank Cornelissen | Sicily, Italy | Frank Cornelissen – Proprietor, Winemaker
Giusti Wine | Veneto, Italy | David Walker – Technical Director

Top Drop: Edible Canada
7:00 p.m. | Granville Island
$99 + Taxes & Gratuities
An evening with Chef Sarah Stewart, along with the following wineries & principals:
Orofino | Similkameen, B.C. | John and Virginia Weber – Owners, Winemakers
Blue Grouse Estate Winery | Vancouver Island, B.C. | Bailey Williamson – Winemaker
TH Wines | Summerland, B.C. | Tyler Harlton – Proprietor, Winemaker
Alderlea Vineyards | Vancouver Island, B.C. | Rich Massey – Ambassador
Baillie – Grohman | Creston, B.C. | Bob Johnson – Proprietor

Top Drop: Wildebeest
7:00 p.m. | 120 West Hastings
$99 + Taxes & Gratuities
An evening with Chef Pekka Tavela, along with the following wineries & principals:
Benjamin Bridge | Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia | Jean-Benoit Deslauriers – Winemaker
Alta Alella | Alella, Spain | Laura Bret – Export Manager
Kangarilla Road | McLaren Vale, Australia | Kevin O’Brien – Proprietor
Tabali | Limari, Chile | Felipe Olavarria – Brand Ambassador
Scribe | Sonoma, California | Adam Mariani – Vintner

Top Drop Whistler: Alta Bistro
7:00 p.m. | 4319 Main St, Whistler
$99 + Taxes & Gratuities
An evening with Chef Nick Cassettari, along with the following wineries & principals:
Elio Altare | Barolo, Italy | Silvia Altare – Owner
Synchromesh Wines | Okanagan Falls, B.C. | Alan Dickinson – Winegrower
Champagne Philipponnat | Champagne, France | Antoine de Boyssen – Export Director
Truchard Vineyards | Napa, California | Anthony Truchard – Proprietor
Latta Wines | Walla Walla, Washington | Andrew Latta – Proprietor

Menus, Wine Pairings & Tickets are available at

On Friday, September 11th, Top Drop Vancouver’s flagship experience, “THE MAIN EVENT,” returns. Enjoy a walk-around, grazing-style tasting where, alongside sips and stories from the principals of 33 international wineries, attendees can visit with a good handful of British Columbian craft breweries, cideries and food purveyors such as Nelson The Seagull, Benton Brothers Fine Cheese and Two Rivers Specialty Meats. Adding to the experience, Top Drop Vancouver has partnered with Everything Wine and Libations Liquor Store to offer a retail component, allowing the opportunity for event highlights to be purchased directly on site.

THE MAIN EVENT will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on September 11th at Yaletown’s Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), welcoming the following participants:


Alderlea Vineyards – Vancouver Island, B.C.
Alta Alella – Alella, Spain
Anthonij Rupert – Cape Winelands, South Africa
Badia a Coltibuono – Tuscany, Italy
Baillie-Grohman – Creston, B.C.
Benjamin Bridge – Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia
Blue Grouse Estate Winery and Vineyard – Vancouver Island, B.C.
Champagne Lallier – Champagne, France
Champagne Philipponnat – Champagne, France
Château Le Puy – Bordeaux, France
Château Musar – Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
Cline Family Cellars – Sonoma, California
Elio Altare – Barolo, Italy
Elk Cove Vineyards – Gaston, Oregon
Frank Cornelissen – Sicily, Italy
Giusti Wine – Veneto, Italy
Inglenook – Napa, California
Kangarilla Road – McLaren Vale, Australia
La Rioja Alta – Rioja, Spain
Latta Wines – Walla Walla, Washington
Lock & Worth – Okanagan Valley, Canada
Montenidoli – Tuscany, Italy
Orofino – Similkameen Valley, B.C.
Scribe – Sonoma, California
Spottswoode Estate – Napa, California
Stina – Dalmatia, Croatia
Synchromesh Wines – Okanagan Valley, B.C.
Tabali – Limari, Chile
TH Wines – Okanagan Valley, B.C.
Truchard Vineyard – Carneros, California
Vaglio Wines – Uco Valley, Argentina
Viña Cousiño Macul – Maipo Valley, Chile
Viña Falernia – Elqui Valley Chile
Wine Australia Regional Collection
 B.C. Tree Fruits Cider – Kelowna, B.C
Howling Moon Cider House – Oliver, B.C
Tod Creek Craft Cider – Victoria, B.C.
Naramata Cider Co. – Naramata, B.C.

 Craft Breweries
Longwood Brewery – Nanaimo, B.C.
Main Street Brewing – Vancouver, B.C.
Postmark Brewing – Vancouver, B.C.
Red Truck Beer – Vancouver, B.C.
Strange Fellows Brewing – Vancouver, B.C.

Tickets for THE MAIN EVENT are $59, with event proceeds going to the BC Hospitality Foundation, which provides financial support to individuals from the hospitality industry facing a major medical crisis.

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This release was provided by Kurtis Kolt
Image: Christine McAvoy

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