Wine Festivals: Top Drop Vancouver – Terroir + Craft

Vancouver is a wine city. Vancouver is a beer city. Vancouver hosts a myriad of wine, beer, and food festivals throughout the year…

One excellent and well-attended event is Top Drop Vancouver. The brainchild of Kurtis Kolt and Jeff Curry, Top Drop is a two-day trade and consumer event that brings together a unique offering of wine and beer producers.

I had the chance to ask Kolt a few questions at Top Drop back in May:

CC: How did the Top Drop festival come to be?

KK: We wanted to produce a wine and beer festival that focused on a smaller number of wineries for the trade and consumer to interact with. Vancouver has such an outstanding wine culture due to the success of the Vancouver International Wine Festival. The VIWF is a massive, all-encompassing event and we wanted, personally, to have more face time with the wineries. So, we thought that if we kept the number down to under 3 dozen, there would be more time for interaction and less pressure to move along to the next table.

CC: Top Drop supports the BC Hospitality Foundation as the Charity Partner for your events. Why is this an important cause for you?

KK: The BCHF is an entirely relevant charity – everyone in the room is in the hospitality industry and we could all be in need of BCHF help at any given time.

Plan on attending Top Drop Vancouver – Terroir + Craft in 2018 and enjoy this tightly-run and well-selected festival.

Christine Campbell

Partner (North Vancouver, BC Canada)

Floats like a Montrachet, stings like a Chablis. Christine holds her WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) Advanced Level 3 Certificate and French Wine Scholar designation. An avid student, Christine is continuing with the inaugural ‘Master of Champagne’ course through the Wine Scholar Guild. When not studying, Christine writes weekly on her wine blog Girls Go Grape and is a contributing writer for the Alcohol Professor and British Columbia Correspondent for the Wine Tourist Magazine. Christine consults to private groups as a Wine Specialist and consults to industry and private sectors. She also sits on the B.C. VQA assessment panel.

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