THE MAIN EVENT


Our annual grand tasting featuring dozens of international, terroir-focused wineries, craft breweries, cideries, and the people behind them! 

For a look at this year’s winery participants, click here.
 
Event proceeds proudly go to the BC Hospitality Foundation.
 
Friday, May 24, 2019 | 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews

SOLD OUT!!!

There are still many Top Drop experiences to be had at this wide array of Thursday night events right here:


THURSDAY NIGHT EVENTS


…partial proceeds from all Thursday night events go the the B.C. Hospitality Foundation.


 

THE NATURE OF THINGS – at The American

Calling all wine geeks! Tonight, let’s not get too fussy about semantics; we can leave discerning between ‘natural’, ‘lo-fi’, ‘minimal-intervention’ and so on for other time and places. Tonight, let’s just throw-down, stroll around and sip with some kick-ass producers of delicious wines from home and abroad. We’ve just added modern legends Monarch Burger to the bill for eats (vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free pals, we’ve got you covered!), while impromptu skee-ball and pinball challenges against your new favourite winemakers are likely.
 
Featuring:
 
  • A Sunday In August, Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys, B.C.
    w/ Michael Shindler, Winemaker + Proprietor
  • Artakama, Okanagan Valley, B.C.
    w/ David Marchand, Assistant Winemaker
  • Little Farm Winery, Similkameen Valley, B.C.
    w/ Rhys Pender MW, Winegrower + Co-Proprietor
  • Urlar, Gladstone, Wairarapa, New Zealand
    w/ Angus Thomson, Proprietor
  • Lock & Worth Wines, Okanagan Valley, B.C.
    w/ Matthew Sherlock, Co-Proprietor
  • Viña De Martino, Maipo Valley, Chile
    w/ Guy Hooper, Market Development Manager
  • La Biancara di Maule, Veneto, Italy
    w/ Francesco Maule, Proprietor

The American, 926 Main Street
Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

$55. Get your tickets now!

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THE PIZZA PARTY – at Campagnolo

A walk around, grazing event with terroir-driven wines from all over Italy, plus a couple Italian-inspired selections from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley! Chat with principals from the wineries while enjoying custom pizzas, house-made charcuterie and small bites from Campagnolo’s chef Robert Belcham.
 
Featuring:
 
  • Abbazia di Novacella, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
    w/ Werner Waldboth, Head of Sales
  • Ca’ dei Zago, Veneto, Italy
    w/ Paolo Bressan, Regional Sales Manager
  • Cembra,, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
    w/ Paolo Bressan, Regional Sales Manager
  • Villa Sparina, Piedmont, Italy
    w/ Marion Pfitscher, Brand Ambassador 
  • Stag’s Hollow Winery & Vineyard, Okanagan Valley, B.C.
    w/ Larry Gerelus, Proprietor

Campagnolo, 1020 Main St
Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

$55. Get your tickets now!

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TERROIR MOSAIC at Boulevard

Join us as Master Sommelier Nick Hetzel presents four unique and iconic wineries from four diverse terroirs, examining what makes each one special. This dinner will focus on the different soils, terroirs and unique factors that create a sense of place in each viticultural area. Wines will be paired to the award winning cuisine of Alex Chen and Roger Ma. This will be sure to be an evening to remember.
 
Featuring wines and principals from:
 
  • Domaine Collet, Chablis, France
    w/ Romain Collet, Proprietor
  • Marchand-Tawse, Burgundy, Francel
    w/ Thomas Dinel, Winemaker
  • Brewer-Clifton, Santa Rita Hills, California
    w/ Nick Hetzel MS, Brand Ambassador
  • Szent Tamás, Tokaj, Hungary
    w/ Tamás Nagy, Brand Ambassador

Boulevard, 845 Burrard Street
Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 6:00 pm 

Ticket Price – $125 plus gratuity and taxes. For tickets call Boulevard directly at 604 642 2900.


PINK LINKS – at Wildebeest

Returning for a second year. (This one sold out FAST last year!) A walk-around, grazing event with Chef Ian McHale’s house-made charcuterie, sausages and snacks being passed around the room. Splash into summer with a brilliant array of pink wine from Vancouver Island to the hills of Champagne, along with a handful of sneaky, exclusive pours of other wine styles from underneath the tables.
 

Featuring:

  • Kitsch Wines, Okanagan Valley, B.C.
    w/ Grant Biggs, Winemaker
  • Le Vieux Pin, Okanagan Valley, B.C.
    w/ Severine Pinte, Viticulturist + Winemaker
  • Roche Wines, Okanagan Valley, B.C.
    w/ Penelope Roche, Proprietor
  • Unsworth Vineyards, Vancouver Island, B.C.
    w/ Tim Turyk, Proprietor
  • Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot, Champagne, France
    w/ Clemence Lelarge, Export Manager
  • Stoller Family Estate, Dundee Hills, Oregon
    w/ Bill Hanson, Export Director

Wildebeest, 120 West Hastings Street
Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

$55. Get your tickets now!

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IBERIAN UNDERGROUND – at Bodega on Main  – SOLD OUT!!

An upbeat walk-around, grazing event with terroir-driven wines from Portugal and Spain. Chat with principals from a quintet of terroir-driven Top Drop wineries while enjoying Bodega’s classic tapas and pintxos as they’re passed around the room.
 
Featuring:
 
  • Agricola  Sanguinhal, Lisbon, Portugal
    w/ Diogo Reis, Family Proprietor + Export Director
  • Herdade  do  Mouchao,  Alentejo, Portugal
    w/ David Marques Ferreira, Director
  • Les  Vins  Bonhomme, Various Regions,  Spain
    w/ Nathalie Bonhomme, Winemaker + Proprietor
  • Viñedos  De San Martin S.L., Madrid, Spain
    w/ Elena Garcia, Area Manager
  • Bodegas  Menade, Rueda, Spain
    w/ Eleonora Infuso, Export Manager
 

Bodega on Main, 1014 Main Street
Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

SOLD OUT!!

 
 
 

THE BBQ! CHICKEN! PARTY – at Mamie Taylor’s

A boisterous, walk-around tasting with great pals The DownLow Chicken Shack & Mamie Taylor’s collaborating to bring an array of fried chicken and BBQ eats in bite-sized, wine-friendly formats. As guests enjoy their wares being passed around the room, meet principals from an array of terroir-driven wineries while enjoying their pours and conversation.
 
Featuring:
 
  • Craggy Range, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
    w/  Julian Grounds, Chief Winemaker
  • Echo Bay Vineyard, Okanagan Valley, B.C.
    w/ Kelsey Rufiange, Proprietor + Winegrower
  • Synchromesh Wines, Okanagan Valley, B.C.
    w/ Alan Dickinson, Proprietor + Winemaker, Farmer
  • Wakefield Estate Winery, Clare Valley, Australia
    w/ Neil Hadley MW, General Manager, Export
  • Domaine De Fontavin, Rhône Valley, France
    w/ Pauline Laffaille, Associate Winemaker
  • Foris Vineyards, Rogue Valley, Oregon
    w/ Stephanie Pao, Winemaker

Mamie Taylor’s, 251 E Georgia Street
Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

$55. Get your tickets now!

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