Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Thursday, May 23 2019

Top Ten : Top Drop 2019

By: Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
North America's top independent wine festival returns to Western Canada this week

It’s that time of year again when some of the most interesting winemakers from around the world gather in Vancouver for Top Drop.

Now in its sixth year, the little indie festival that could, has, and big time, expanding last year to Calgary, and now "popping up" this weekend for one day in Victoria. Once again, the exciting lineup of wineries and principals makes it a must-do event for anyone interested in Real Wine. The 2019 vintage of TOP DROP is welcoming wineries from Chile, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, California, New Zealand, Australia, Oregon, Hungary, and across BC along with this year's keynote speaker, Dr. Jamie Goode, noted UK writer, blogger and lecturer. Goode will present in all three cities.

The festival's focus has remained crystal since year one: highlighting terroir-influenced, handcrafted wines, and the people behind them. As founders Kurtis Kolt and Jeff Curry summarize, "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."

While it’s impossible to pick just 10 producers to highlight in this week's Top 10, these are 10 booths that should be on your hit list, along with memorable wines recently tasted from their portfolio.

Plan on spending as much time at the main event (trade and/or public) as you can this Friday in Vancouver, and Saturday in Victoria, talking, tasting and taking it all in because an all wines-of -place lineup like this year's entrants at Top Drop is becoming a rare event in the wine world.. we’ll see you there. 

Written By:
Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi

Every week Treve Ring and Anthony Gismondi collaborate on our Top Ten list, released on Thursday morning, often with a timely theme. If you count carefully the list will more than likely exceed ten names but only because we believe if any wine is tied by a score that makes our list it should be included. We know many of you are wine savvy and can do your own sleuthing to locate our weekly picks but for those who asked: BCLS means it is sold in government retail stores; when we say private wine shops we mean it could be in any private wine shop or liquor retail store (LRS); winery direct means check with the winery online. If it’s not sold in BC we usually try and give you a suggested retail price. Prices change hourly in BC – the price we post is what we are given at publication.