THE MAIN EVENT – Trade Edition

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

For a full list of past participants, click here.

A minimum $10 donation to the B.C. Hospitality Foundation is required for entry.


Keynote Kickoff w/ Dr. 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.

This casual tasting event, featuring wines from current Top Drop participants and alumni, will be hosted at the Vancouver Club, featuring small bites by culinary director Ned Bell.

Proceeds from the event will go to the B.C. Hospitality Foundation.

We anticipate a quick sell-out, so jump on this opportunity sooner than later!


Wed. May 22nd, 2019
6PM | Doors
7PM | Keynote Address

The Vancouver Club
915 W Hastings St

Price: $49 (Proceeds to the B.C. Hospitality Foundation)

Cabernet + Co. – Expatriated

The international success story of Cabernet Sauvignon and its Bordeaux buddies is no secret. But in this seminar we will share the secrets of six New World wineries that make Cabernet + Co. a cornerstone of what they do whether blended or straight up.


  • Craggy Range, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
    w/ Julian Grounds, Chief Winemaker
  • Frias Family Vineyard, Spring Mountain, California
    w/ Fernando Frias, Proprietor
  • Viña De Martino, Maipo Valley, Chile
    w/ Guy Hooper, Market Development Manager
  • Echo Bay Vineyard, Okanagan Valley, B.C.
    w/ Kelsey Rufiange, Proprietor + Winegrower
  • Culmina Family Estate Winery, Okanagan Valley, Canada
    w/ Sara Triggs, Director of Sales + Marketing
  • Wakefield Estate Winery, Clare Valley, Australia
    w/ Neil Hadley MW, General Manager, Export

Moderated by Justin Everett

$20 (full proceeds go to the B.C. Hospitality Foundation)

Vancouver Club, 915 West Hastings Street
Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 10:00am to 11:30am

Cascadian Riesling + Pinot Noir

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


  • Synchromesh Wines, Okanagan Valley, B.C.
    w/ Alan Dickinson, Proprietor + Winemaker, Farmer
  • Stoller Family Estate, Dundee Hills, Oregon
    w/ Bill Hanson, Export Director
  • Foris Vineyards, Rogue Valley, Oregon
    w/ Stephanie Pao, Winemaker
  • Unsworth Vineyards, Vancouver Island, B.C.
    w/ Tim Turyk, Proprietor
  • Kitsch Wines, Okanagan Valley, B.C.
    w/ Grant Biggs, Winemaker

Moderated by Todd Prucyk

$20 (full proceeds go to the B.C. Hospitality Foundation)

Vancouver Club, 915 West Hastings
Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 10:00am to 11:30am

Ground-Breaking B.C.

A look at B.C. wineries that are doing something different; wineries that are putting B.C. on the map; non-interventionalist forward-thinking wine-making; environmentally conscious and sustainability-focused.


  • A Sunday In August, British Columbia, Canada
    w/ Michael Schindler, Winemaker + Proprietor
  • Artakama, Okanagan Valley, B.C.
    w/ David Marchand, Assistant Winemaker
  • Roche Wines, Okanagan Valley, B.C.
    w/ Penelope Roche, Proprietor
  • Stag’s Hollow Winery & Vineyard, Okanagan Valley, B.C.
    w/ Larry Gerelus, Proprietor
  • Little Farm Winery, Similkameen Valley, B.C.
    w/ Rhys Pender MW, Winegrower + Co-Proprietor
  • Lock & Worth Winery, Okanagan Valley, B.C.
    w/ Matthew Sherlock, Co-Proprietor

Moderated by Kristi Linneboe

$20 (Full proceeds go to the B.C. Hospitality Foundation)

L’Abattoir, 217 Carrall Street
Thursday, May 23, 2019 | Noon to 1:30pm

Italia Nord

From the remote Valle D’Aosta to the picturesque South Tyrol, we visit some of northern Italy’s most famous regions, styles, and producers.  Come along as we explore a variety of Italy’s most diverse and expressive native grapes and styles.


  • Musella, Veneto, Italy
    w/ Maddalena Di Bisceglie, Proprietor + Vineyard Manager
  • Villa Sparina, Piedmont, Italy
    w/ Alessandro Angelini, Vice-President National + Key Accounts
  • Abbazia di Novacella, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
    w/ Marco Scartezzini, North American Export Director
  • La Kiuva, Valle D’Aosta, Italy
    w/ Paolo Bressan, Regional Sales Manager
  • La Biancara di Maule, Veneto, Italy
    w/ Francesco Maule, Proprietor

Moderated by Jenna Briscoe

$20 (full proceeds go to the B.C. Hospitality Foundation)

Vancouver Club, 915 West Hastings
Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 10:00am to 11:30am

Risky Business: Wine Marketing + Exporting

Ever wonder what happens between putting the wine in the bottle and the bottle arriving in your hands? In this seminar, you’ll hear from five producers with different approaches to marketing., and have the opportunity to taste through their wares. 


  • Le Vieux Pin, Okanagan Valley, B.C.
    w/ Severine Pinte, Viticulturist + Winemaker
  • Champagne Gremillet, Champagne, France
    w/ Kevin Blanco, Export Director
  • Les Vins Bonhomme, Various Regions, Spain
    w/ Nathalie Bonhomme, Winemaker + Proprietor
  • Domaine Collet, Chablis, France
    w/ Romain Collet, Proprietor
  • Marchand Tawse, Burgundy, France
    w/ Thomas Dinel, Winemaker

Moderated by Kelcie Jones

$20 (Full proceeds to the B.C. Hospitality Foundation)

Chambar, 568 Beatty Street
Thursday, May 23, 2019 | Noon to 1:30pm

So Close Yet So Far: Spain + Portugal

We often speak with geographic ambiguity about countries or regions that we perceive to be similar. This seminar will explore the depth of the Iberian Peninsula and shed light on the differences between these historic countries.


  • Agricola Sanguinhal, Lisbon, Portugal
    w/ Diogo Reis, Family Proprietor + Export Director
  • Herdade do Mouchao Alentejo, Portugal
    w/ David Marques Ferreira, Director
  • Casa Rojo, Jumilla, Spain
    w/ José Luis Gómez, Oenologist + Director
  • Viñedos de San Martín S.L., Madrid, Spain
    w/ Elena Garcia, Area Manager
  • Bodegas Menade, Rueda, Spain
    w/ Eleonora Infuso, Export Manager

Moderated by Sean Nelson

$20 (Full proceeds go to the B.C. Hospitality Foundation

Hawksworth Restaurant, 801 West Georgia
Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Terroir Focus

A focus on why wines taste the way they do from different plots and sites from the same producer.  What is terroir, and how does it contribute to what is in the glass?


  • Brewer Clifton, Santa Rita Hills, California
    w/ Nick Hetzel MS, Brand Ambassador
  • Urlar, Gladstone, Wairarapa, New Zealand
    w/ Angus Thomson, Proprietor
  • Domaine Louis Michel & Fils, Chablis, France
    w/ Guillaume Michel, Family Proprietor + Winemaker
  • Domaine De Fontavin, Rhône Valley, France
    w/ Pauline Laffaille, Associate Winemaker
  • Szent Tamás, Tokaj, Hungary
    w/ Tamás Nagy, Brand Ambassador
  • Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot, Champagne, France
    w/ Clemence Lelarge, Export Manager

Moderated by Franco Michienzi

$20 (Full proceeds to the B.C. Hospitality Foundation)

CinCin Ristorante + Bar, 1154 Robson Street
Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 2:00pm to 3:30pm