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Top Drop: Naturally chic wine fest returns to Vancouver this May

One of Vancouver’s coolest occasions for wine sipping returns to Vancouver for a fifth year this May.
Eric Hanson provides tasty wine picks for holiday celebrations. Photo submitted

One of Vancouver’s coolest occasions for wine sipping returns to Vancouver for a fifth year this May. Top Drop, a unique two-day wine festival, will bring wineries from around the globe together, along with craft breweries, cideries, delicious eats, and much more.

Top Drop, which will take place on May 17 and 18, will continue to emphasize sustainably-farmed, handcrafted wines, which organizers say offer “a distinct sense of place,”–what wine lovers call terroir. These wines, made with little intervention, are leading the trend in the wine market in recent years, and give wine drinkers much to talk about.

The centrepiece of Top Drop is The Main Event, a tasting event that pairs pours with food and one-on-one interaction with winery reps in an intimate festival atmosphere at Yaletown’s Roundhouse. The Main Event takes place on Friday, May 18, but the night before will include the exciting to-be-announced Top Drop Dinner Series, and the fest will also include other fun pop-up events.

Tickets for The Main Event are available now, and those who secure admission prior to April 30 are entered to win a year’s subscription to Top Drop’s media partner’s publication, Wine & Spirits Magazine. Event proceeds go to the BC Hospitality Foundation, an organization providing financial support to individuals from the hospitality industry facing a major medical crisis.

Here are the Top Drop Main Event participant:

  • Alpha Box & Dice – McLaren Vale, Australia
  • w/ Justin Fairweather, Proprietor
  • Antech-Limoux – Limoux, France
  • w/ Alexandre Duffieux, Export Manager
  • Anthonij Rupert – Western Cape, South Africa
  • w/ Douglas Elliot, Export Director
  • Antonelli San Marco – Umbria, Italy
  • w/ Filippo Antonelli, Proprietor
  • Azienda Agricola Azelia di Luigi Scavino – Barolo, Italy
  • w/ Lorenzo Scavino, Co-Proprietor
  • Bella Wines – Okanagan Valley, B.C., Canada
  • w/ Jay Drysdale, Proprietor & Winemaker
  • Blackbird Vineyards – Napa Valley, California, U.S.A.
  • w/ Paul Leary, President
  • Blandy’s Madeira Wine Company – Madeira, Portugal
  • w/ Nelson Colado, Commercial and Marketing Director
  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars – Okanagan Valley, B.C., Canada
  • w/ Christie Mavety, Family Proprietor & Director of Sales and Marketing
  • Bodega Catena Zapata – Mendoza, Argentina
  • w/ Luis Reginato, Chief Vineyard Manager
  • Borgogno – Barolo, Italy
  • w/ Andrea Cravero, Export Manager
  • Champagne Vollereaux – Pierry, France
  • w/ Julien Breuzon, Export Manager
  • Clos du Soleil – Similkameen Valley, B.C., Canada
  • w/ Michael Clark, Winemaker & Managing Director
  • Compañía Bodeguera de Valenciso – Rioja, Spain
  • w/ Diego Santana, Export Director
  • Copain Wines – Mendocino, California, U.S.A.
  • w/ Ryan Zepaltas, General Manager & Winemaker
  • Coronica Wines – Istria, Croatia
  • w/ Moreno Coronica, Proprietor
  • Damilano – Piedmont, Italy
  • w/ Maurizio Arduino, Export Manager
  • Domaine Gerard Tremblay – Chablis, France
  • w/ Vincent Tremblay, Proprietor & Winemaker
  • Domaine Taupenot-Merme – Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France
  • w/ Virginie Taupenot, Proprietor
  • Foradori – Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
  • w/ Elisabetta Foradori, Proprietor & Winemaker
  • Gravner – Friuli, Italy
  • w/ Mateja Gravner, Proprietor & Winemaker
  • G.D. Vajra – Barolo, Italy
  • w/ Giuseppe Vaira, Family Proprietor & Winemaker
  • Mathieu et Camille Lapierre – Morgon, Beaujolais, France
  • w/ Mathieu Lapierre, Proprietor & Winemaker
  • Marietta – Geyserville, California, U.S.A.
  • w/ Scot Bilbro, Proprietor & Winemaker
  • Meyer Family Vineyards – Okanagan Valley, B.C., Canada
  • w/ JAK Meyer, Proprietor
  • Montalto – Mornington Peninsula, Australia
  • w/ Simon Black, Winemaker
  • Paolo Scavino – Barolo, Italy
  • w/ Riccardo Sgarra, Winery Ambassador
  • Pascal Bouchard – Chablis, France
  • w/ Fanny Lemettais, Export Director
  • Ridge Vineyards – Sonoma County, Santa Cruz, California, U.S.A.
  • w/ David Amadia, President  
  • Rocca di Montegrossi – Chianti Classico, Italy
  • w/ Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi, Proprietor
  • St. Innocent – Willamette Valley, Oregon, U.S.A.
  • w/ Mark Vlossak, Proprietor & Winemaker
  • Sella & Mosca – Sardinia, Italy
  • w/ Alfonso Gagliano, Export Manager
  • Spottswoode Estate Winery – Napa Valley, California, U.S.A.
  • w/ Beth Milliken, Family Proprietor, President & CEO
  • Stina – Dalmatia, Croatia
  • w/ Emil Mehdin, Marketing Director
  • Tantalus Vineyards – Okanagan Valley, B.C., Canada
  • w/ David Paterson, Winemaker & General Manager
  • Tedeschi – Veneto, Italy
  • w/ Riccardo Tedeschi, Proprietor
  • Tenuta Fanti – Sant’Antimo DOC, Tuscany, Italy
  • w/ Luca Vitiello, Commercial Director
  • TH Wines – Okanagan Valley, B.C., Canada
  • w/ Tyler Harlton, Proprietor & Winemaker
  • Yalumba – Barossa Valley, Australia
  • w/ Jane Ferarri, Winemaker, Ambassador