THE MAIN EVENT – Trade Edition

Our annual grand tasting featuring all international, terroir-focused wineries, craft breweries, cideries, and more!

For a look at past winery participants, click here.

A minimum $10 donation to Mealshare is required for entry.


Top Drop Keynote Kickoff w/ Jamie Goode

We’re exceptionally excited to welcome U.K.-based wine journalist Jamie Goode to start off this year’s edition of Top Drop with a bang. Perennially travelling wine regions around the globe, Goode’s take on things is closely followed by key players across the industry, whether from his Wine Anorak blog, books like I Taste Red (awarded the Roederer International Wine Award for Best Wine Book), his weekly Sunday Express column, or his many other ventures. A lauded public speaker at worldwide wine events, we look forward to his introduction to this year’s edition of Top Drop, which will set the tone and give fodder for discussion as this year’s spirited collection of international, terroir-driven wineries share their stories.

Please join us this Monday, May 20th at Royale for a casual tasting event, featuring wines from current Top Drop participants and alumni, alongside small bites by Royale.

A full beverage program will be available at the bar at Royale.

A cash donation to Mealshare is required for entrance.


Monday, May 20th, 2019
6PM | Doors
7PM | Keynote Address

730 17 Ave SW

Of Grape + Site

In this seminar, we visit with five different wineries that share the story of a site or a grape in their lineup. Let’s explore their differences and what makes them unique.

Featuring wines & principals from:

  • Champagne Gremillet, Champagne, France
    w/ Kevin Blanco, Export Director
  • Agricola Sanguinhal, Lisbon, Portugal
    w/ Diogo Reis, Family Proprietor + Export Director
  • Herdade do Mouchao, Alentejo, Portugal
    w/ David Marques Ferreira, Director
  • Frias Family Vineyard, Spring Mountain, California
    w/ Fernando Frias, Proprietor

Moderated by Peter Smolarz

$20 (Full  to Meal amount donated to Mealshare)

Hotel Arts, 119 12 Ave SW
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 11:00am to 12:30pm

Exploring Riesling + Pinot Noir

The world over, Riesling and Pinot Noir often find themselves together. In this seminar, we will look to find out why these grapes cohabitate so well.


  • A Sunday In August, British Columbia, Canada
    w/ Michael Schindler, Winemaker + Proprietor
  • Synchromesh Wines, Okanagan Valley, B.C.
    w/ Alan Dickinson, Proprietor + Winemaker, Farmer
  • Craggy Range, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
    w/  Julian Grounds, Chief Winemaker
  • Stoller Family Estate, Dundee Hills, Oregon
    w/ Bill Hanson, Export Director

Moderated by Taylor Simpson

$20 (Full amount donated to Mealshare)

Hotel Arts, 119 12 Ave SW, Calgary
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 11:00am to 12:30pm