TOP DROP Vancouver..Year 2.
It’s 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.
Now in its second year, Top Drop Vancouver is a two day trade and consumer event being held at the Roundhouse in Yaletown and various Vancouver restaurants bringing together a collection of small, hands on wineries, craft breweries, cideries and food purveyors who are passionate about their craft.
We quote Our Host Kurtis Kolt: (from his column in the Georgia Straight)
“Our focus is terroir-influenced, handcrafted wines, and the people behind them.
“We believe in the importance in farming one’s own fruit and/or being constantly engaged with grape-growers to ensure sustainability and a high standard of viticultural practices.
We believe in wines that reflect their vintage, and wines that aren’t suffocated by vinicultural trickery.
We believe in winemaking decisions that are made by a winemaker, and not by a board of directors or marketing team.
We believe in those who take chances.
We believe these kinds of wines, honest wines of integrity, need a time and place to have their story told.
We also believe craft beer, cider, along with authentic and sustainable produce, dairy, meat and seafood are part of the same conversation, which is why we’re proud to showcase some of our best in those areas.”
The event took place at the Roundhouse in downtown Vancouver.
In the limited time and resources we had at hand..I was able to talk to and get stories from the following guests:
Kurtis Kolt – Organizer, fearless leader and Wine Expert http://www.kurtiskolt.com/
Kate Durisek – Co-Owner Howling Moon Cider House Oliver BC www.howlingmoon.ca
David Lancelot – Wine Buyer Cask and Barrel Kelowna BC www.thecaskandbarrel.ca
Shawn Bachynski – Red Truck Beer – Vancouver, B.C. www.redtruckbeer.com
Mark Davidson – Global Education Director Wine Australia www.wineaustralia.com
Tyler Harlton – Owner/Winemaker TH Wines – Okanagan Valley, B.C. www.thwines.com
José Lovaglio Balbo Winemaker Vaglio Wines – Salta Argentina http://www.joselovaglio.com/
Anthony Truchard – Truchard Vineyard – Carneros, California www.truchardvineyards.com
Jean Benoit DesLauriers – Wine Maker Benjamin Bridge Gaspereau Valley Nova Scotia https://www.benjaminbridge.com
Shirley Brooks – Elk Cove Willamette Valley Oregon www.elkcove.com
Paul M Brunner Owner Blue Grouse Estate Winery Duncan BC www.bluegrouse.ca
STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:
The wines of the Cowichan Valley
Harry McWatters – What Next?
Garth Eichel – A new book on the Naramata Bench
Garagiste Wines in BC