South African wines seminar at Marquis in Vancouver. Interesting enough I was the only producer to make the trip.. extremely well presented and organised

 

Top drop event may 2017 . Vancouver

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thursday, may 25 2017
TOP TEN DROPS
by: treve ring & anthony gismondi
A well-edited wine list comes to life at Top Drop
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This week was the first spring edition of Top Drop Vancouver.

This week was the first spring edition of Top Drop Vancouver.

The popular, purposefully-small, independent, annual wine festival has previously taken place in the autumn. Now in its forth vintage, the two-day fete combines the collective brainpower of some of Vancouver’s top palates across a series of tastings, seminars and dinners for both trade and public. Spearheaded by Kurtis Kolt and Jeff Curry, and supported by a cadre of passionate wine-trade volunteers, the event reads like a well-edited wine list: concise, adventuresome, exciting. Top Drop has proven to be the place for smaller-scale, boutique and terroir-focused wines from BC and abroad, with winery representative, and without attitude. Tickets from all events benefit the BC Hospitality Foundation, an important local resource providing financial support to individuals from the hospitality industry facing a major medical crisis.

We took in Wednesday’s walk around Trade Tasting, previewing the evening’s public Main Event. These are our Top Drop Ten.
93/100
Giesen The Fuder Clayvin Chardonnay 2014
Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand

93/100
Bachelder Johnson Chardonnay Oregon Single Vineyard 2013
Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States

91/100
Dorrance Kama Chenin Blanc 2014
Swartland, Coastal Region, South Africa

92/100
Little Farm Winery Pied de Cuve Riesling 2015
Cawston, Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, Canada

91/100
Champagne Devaux Ultra D N/V
Champagne, France

93/100
Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva 2010
Rioja, Spain

89/100
Wittmann Riesling Trocken 2015
Rheinhessen, Germany

91/100
Pianirossi Rosso Black Label Petit Verdot – Cabernet Sauvignon – Malbec 2010
Maremma, Tuscany, Italy

91/100
Yangarra PF Shiraz 2016
McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

93/100
Synchromesh Riesling Storm Haven Vineyard 2016
Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
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.