About Tim Pawsey

Tim has been covering the food and wine revolution for about 20 kilos. Count 15 kg alone thanks to the blossoming cuisine and wine culture of British Columbia, Canada. Tim’s hallmark is seeking out and recommending value wines from BC and around the world that offer quality at every level. He also scopes out noteworthy restaurants that live up to their promises—and often over deliver. Readers depend on the Hired Belly for his “Belly’s Best” and “Belly’s Budget Best” picks to help them find the right wine for the occasion. He writes, tweets and shoots his own images for columns in the Vancouver Courier and North Shore News. He also contributes to WHERE Vancouver magazine, as well as to several other publications. They include Taste magazine, Tidings Magazine, and Montecristo. His columns are frequently picked up by major newspapers across Canada. Tim is a frequent judge for wine competitions, such as Vancouver Magazine International Wine Awards. He is a founding judge of The BC Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Wine. He is frequently invited to judge at The BC Wine Awards, and others. Tim has traveled to taste in many of the world’s leading wine regions, most recently in Burgundy, Argentina and Chile.

Imbibe Iberia and Plenty More: a Winefest Windfall

By | 2018-02-14T09:53:09+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Wine|

Iberia calls! There’s both a happy and sad reality to the Vancouver International Wine Festival (Feb 24th to March 4th). It really is a case of "too many wines, too little time." Not only does it enjoy the reputation of being among the best of its kind, anywhere, this year’s festival has the added distinction of [...]

Dine Out Vancouver 2018: Hired Belly’s Arbitrary Guide

By | 2018-01-21T15:04:59+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Dining|

Dine Out Vancouver (Jan 19th-Feb 4th) turns 16 this year. No longer just a basic budget bunfight, it’s morphed somewhat over time. It's now referred to as the more impressively sounding “Dine Out Vancouver Festival.” That’s entirely accurate, as Dine Out has become a whirlwind of events that cater to every whim—and wallet. Some might [...]

Here’s to a Sparkling 2018: A Bonanza of Bubbles

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:00+00:00 December 30th, 2017|Wine|

Sparkling wine time is here. And I’m late to the party. My apologies. We’re a tad backed up here in the executive suite at Hired Belly HQ. Plus most of the staff has been down with the flu... Sparkling has evolved. These days—from Cava to Sekt, Prosecco, Crémant (and, yes, Champagne) you can pretty well [...]

David Enns and Partners Announce Naramata Wine Vault

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:00+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Wine|

David Enns and partners Mik Ball, Robert Gritten and Steven Jaeger have announced plans to establish the Naramata Wine Vault. The Naramata based group has purchased the BC Tree Fruits packing house, which sits on 4.6 acres in the heart of the Village of Naramata. They plan to revitalize the structure. It has been dormant [...]

Why Laughing Stock Vineyards Sold to Arterra Wines

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:00+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Wine|

The sale of Laughing Stock Vineyards to Arterra Wines Canada was announced this week. The sale, for an undisclosed amount, closed  November 30th. It's the latest in a string of high profile Okanagan winery deals. Arterra is the reincarnation of what used to be the Canadian division of Constellation Brands (formerly Vincor). It's owned by the [...]

Lisboa — Portugal’s ‘Other’ Wine Region Surprises

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:00+00:00 November 5th, 2017|Travel, Wine|

  (Map: Wines of Portugal) Lisboa is 'Lisbon' in Portuguese. But it refers also to the wine region to the north and west of the city (known until recently as 'Estremadura'). Lisbon itself is 29 kms, inland from the coast, which sports a rugged landscape, with a mountain range running parallel, north to [...]

Natural Wines Blossom in Canada’s Okanagan

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:00+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Wine, Wine Reviews|

Natural wines. Coming to a glass near you, soon. Natural Wine Defined What’s a natural wine, you might ask? It means the wine in your glass is in the purest possible form. It's the closest it can be to the fruit that was in the vineyard, preferably organically or bio-dynamically farmed. Most likely it’s made with [...]

Cloud 9 Closes: Time’s Up for Dining in the Sky

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:00+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Dining, Uncategorized|

Cloud 9 is (or was) the City of Vancouver’s loftiest restaurant. On September 30th it will close forever. And the giant turntable in the sky, which since 1973 has brought pleasure to so many, will stop revolving. We dropped by Cloud 9 the other night, to be whisked skyward for one last time. It was [...]

Lure: Ned Bell’s Definitive Sustainable Seafood Cookbook

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:00+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Dining, Lifestyle, Ocean Wise, Sustainable|

Lure is the latest project from Chef Ned Bell. He’s the founder of Chefs for Oceans, who, in 2014, cycled across Canada. He took time out from his post as executive chef of Vancouver's Four Seasons to raise awareness for seafood sustainability. Since then he’s been even busier with a big career move. And spent [...]

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