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Don’t Miss Out on Top Drop, Hitting Downtown Vancouver Next Week!

Wine senses tingling? That’s probably because the 2024 Top Drop Vancouver is sneaking up on us next week, Tuesday, May 14th and Wednesday the 15th, bringing together more than 40 producers and importers representing a dozen countries for the two-day Main Event.

For 2024, Top Drop continues to champion the passionate and forward-thinking folks – locally and globally – who are making handcrafted wines using sustainable growing and harvesting practices, creating and bottling final products that embody their specific place and time. In short: truly “the good stuff”. In addition to the crazy amount of terrific wine (as well as a small but solid selection of local craft beer and cider), the other draw of Top Drop is undoubtedly the full house of people who enjoy discussing the stuff (probably) as much as they love drinking it that it attracts, time and again. We’re talking about those who devote their time and energy to getting their hands dirty making wine in different regions around the globe, as well as a healthy mix of local oenophiles, naturally.

Let’s take a moment to spotlight this year’s BC and Canadian exhibitors, of which there are an impressive amount:

1 Mill Road
Orofino Vineyards
Roche Wines
Sea Star Vineyard and Winery
Solvero Wines
Syncromesh Wines
Terravista Vineyards
Salt Spring Wild Cider
Vice & Virtue Brewing Co
Closson Chase Vineyards (Ontario)
Soft Crush (No/Low-Alc Importers, Calgary)

As for the more far-flung participants, expect to meet face-to-face with producers from Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Portugal, Spain and the USA (Oregon and Washington). You can scope out the full roster, and dig into the finer details of which wines will be on hand from where, here.

Both mid-week Main Events are happening at the Roundhouse in Yaletown, from 7-9:30pm. Admission to each tasting is $152.37 including taxes and fee, with proceeds going towards the BC Hospitality Foundation. Remember, this is happening in less than a week, folks! Scramble to secure your spots before they sell out here. Then, take a deep breath…and get stoked for a seriously good wine-fuelled evening!

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
Neighbourhood: Downtown
181 Roundhouse Mews

The Tequila and Agave Festival Cocktail Competition Happens on Monday – You Should Come!

Expect a line-up of some of Vancouver’s most talented bartenders challenged them to capture the spirit of Guadalajara, Mexico in a glass – be it highball, rocks, or coupe.

Four Super Tasty Spots to Catch a Canucks Game in East Van

It’s been over a decade since there’s been “can’t miss” hockey in Vancouver! As the playoffs approach, here’s a list of a few of my favourite spots with great food and full-volume sound to catch a game.

Tickets for the 2024 ‘Noir Fest’ at Averill Creek Vineyard Go On Sale This Friday!

Do you really love Pinot Noir? Arguably, the best way to take your relationship up a level is by trying as many variations as possible - and one fun, intimate, and highly recommended way to begin to do just that is by attending this entirely Pinot Noir-centric wine festival, the weekend of June 22nd and 23rd.

BC Seafood Festival Hits Mount Washington June 21st to 23rd

This year’s BC Seafood Festival is not just a series of events; it's a full tribute to the Comox Valley, the powerhouse of British Columbia’s shellfish industry. Plan a whole weekend around it—there’s camping, fresh seafood, stunning views, and great people.