“ TOP DROP: THE ONE WINE TASTING OF THE YEAR YOU SHOULDN’T MISS.”
– WESTERN LIVING MAGAZINE
This weeks guest is Kurtis Kolt co-founder of Top Drop.
The co-founder of Top Drop, dubbed “the nerdiest, most awesome wine festival in Canada.”
Received the ‘Sommelier of the Year’ award at the 2010 Vancouver International Wine Festival. Kurtis has run the wine program for a couple evenings at James Beard House, had bylines in local and international publications, such as Decanter and Maclean’s, plus I occasionally sit in on tasting panels at Wine & Spirits Magazine on semi-regular visits New York.
KK has various certifications and credits through London’s Wine & Spirit Education Trust, the Court of Master Sommeliers & the Winemaking Program at UC Davis.
On May 10th and 11th, Top Drop Vancouver returns, with a continued focus on sustainably-farmed, handcrafted wines offering a distinct sense of place, without heavy-handed winemaking trickery to get in the way.
Top Drop is now in its seventh year.
The Main Event will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 10 and 11, at Yaletown’s Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews). A full list of event participants follows, and can be found at TopDrop.ca. Tickets are $125 until they’re sold out, and available online at TopDrop.ca.
Event proceeds go to the BC Hospitality foundation, an organization providing financial support to individuals from the hospitality industry facing a major medical crisis.
Top Drop’s annual grand tasting features dozens of international, terroir-focused wineries and the people behind the wines.
Kurtis will be talking about the wines that are starred ***
Aldegheri, Valpolicella, Italy
Anselmi, Soave, Veneto, Italy
***Ashes & Diamonds, Napa Valley, California, USA
Averill Creek Vineyard, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
***Azienda Agricola Bruna Grimaldi , Piedmont, Italy
***Bella Wines, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada
***Benjamin Bridge, Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada
Bisol Desiderio & Figli Societa’ Agricola, Valdobbiadene, Italy
Bruno Paillard, Champagne, France
Champagne Gardet, Champagne, France
Chappellet Vineyard, Napa Valley, California, USA
Chateau De Pommard, Pommard, Burgundy, France
Chateau Dereszla, Tokaji, Hungary
***Chiorri Perugia, Umbria, Italy
***Creek & Gully Cider, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada
Elk Cove, Gaston, Oregon, USA
***Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada
***Gekkeikan, Folsom, California, USA
***Hedges Family Estate, Red Mountain, Washington, USA
***Lightning Rock Winery, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada
***Long Shadows, Columbia Valley, Washington, USA
***Marchesi Di Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
***Martin’s Lane Winery, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada
Medici Ermete, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Mirafiore, Piedmont, Italy
Montes, Colchagua, Chile
***Orofino, Similkameen Valley, BC Canada
Pere Ventura, Penedès, Spain
Salcheto, Tuscany, Italy
Susana Balbo Wines, Mendoza, Argentina
Tenuta Di Trinoro + Passopisciaro, Tuscany + Sicily, Italy
***Terravista Vineyards, Naramata Bench, BC, Canada
Troupis Winery, Mantinia, Greece
***Ursa Major Winery Okanagan, Canada
***Weingut Thörle, Rheinhessen, Germany
***Xanadu Winery, Margaret River, Australia
For Main Event tickets, along with more information and news, visit TopDrop.ca
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