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Top Drop offers a highly curated look into what is hot in vino right now and where it's going in the future.
Wine Festivals are like pizza….even when they’re bad I still sort of like them. But when they’re great, there’s no place I’d rather be. Top Drop is great.It’s great because the team behind it—full disclosure, led by one of our Wine Awards Judges Kurtis Kolt and assisted by our Drinks Editor DJ Kearney and fellow Wine Awards Judges Rhys Pender and Jason Yamasaki—are the best sort of wine nerds. The kind that will geek out on some obscure natural wine from the Loire but also revel in the mastery that goes into producing a well-made California Cabernet. All of which means that the wineries that get invited—yes, invited—have to have something to offer the wine lover that goes beyond the expected and popular.For me looking at the list evokes some real kid-in-a-candy-store emotions—I truly don’t know where to start but here a sample of pours that I’m more than a little exited about.
I’m just going to stop now, but I could go on. The Albarino from Terravista is special, the Syrah from CC Jentsch, the elegant and powerful Portfolio from Laughing Stock, anything from Italy’s Maculan. They’re all great and they’ll all be there…and so should you.Top Drop runs September 7 & 8 and tickets are available here.