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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.

Mirabel Vineyards Debuts its Premium Pinot

By |March 2nd, 2017|

Mirabel makes its mark A few months ago I was sitting in a corner by the cozy fireplace at Vancouver's Bacchus Lounge. I was there to meet Doug and Dawn Reimer. They were in town to preview their (inaugural) Mirabel Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015. In many ways the couple epitomize the new wave of Okanagan [...]

Maji: Bridging Richmond’s Ocean Wise gap

By |March 1st, 2017|

Maji offers more than a passing nod to Ocean Wise. In the best of all possible worlds, every restaurant I walked into would adhere to Ocean Wise. I know that to realize such a dream may take a while. Ongoing over-fishing, by-catch and compromised habitat threaten seafood stocks that we continue to take so much for granted. Vancouver Aquarium’s game changing [...]

Parksville Untapped: a Celebration of Island Suds and Sips

By |February 27th, 2017|

Parksville Untapped is firmly rooted in its Island surroundings. Nine years ago a collaboration between two prominent Vancouver Island resorts laid the foundation for Parksville Uncorked. Much of Parksville's appeal lies in its breathtaking waterfront En route from The Beach Club Resort to Tigh Na Mara, the woman piloting the luxurious SUV shuttle [...]

Falling in Love with Venice

By |February 23rd, 2017|

Venice: the perfect place to wrap up any Italy trip... I’ve recently returned from Italy, courtesy of the Consorzio Tutela Vini Valpolicella. No surprise, I’m sorting through a wealth of information on Amarone and a whole lot more. It was a trip of many discoveries and new friends in Valpolicella and beyond. Much more to come ... What [...]

Tidal Bay Wines in 34 Seconds: Pete Luckett (video)

By |February 22nd, 2017|

Tidal Bay wines have a special place in the heart of one Nova Scotian winemaker. Pete Luckett is the driving force behind Luckett Vineyards. He and his wife, Sue, established their Gaspereau Valley winery in 2010. I met him last week, during the Vancouver International Wine Festival. There was definitely a buzz around Nova Scotia [...]

Vancouver International Wine Festival: Why It’s The Most Important Yet

By |February 15th, 2017|

Wine Festival! As just about everyone in Vancouver knows, it’s that time of year when the whole city puts on its #winelover hat and heads down to the convention centre. This year, at the 30th #VIWF, however, things are a bit different. The theme region at Vancouver International Wine Festival—for the first time ever—is Canada. [...]

Edible Canada Bistro: A Seal of Approval

By |January 24th, 2017|

One thing I’ve learned about Eric Pateman: he doesn’t do anything by half measures. The dynamo behind Edible Canada rattled a few people last week by putting seal on his Granville Island bistro’s Dine Out Vancouver menu. In the last ten years, Pateman has built a small concierge-based business into one of the most successful [...]

Dine Out Vancouver: Much More than Menus

By |January 11th, 2017|

Dine Out Vancouver has transformed the dining landscape in the city. And this month marks 15 years since the first Dine Out took flight. Joy, from Vancouver Foodie Tours, brings treats from Terra Breads Those of us who’ve been around for a while can recall how it was before Dine Out. If you [...]

12 Bubbles that Won’t Break the Bank

By |December 18th, 2016|

'Tis the season … for Champagne, Cava, Sekt, Prosecco, Crémant and more. You name it—around this time of year, if it bubbles and pops we love to drink it. First, the good news about sparkling wine. Bubbles are no longer just for celebrations and glorified cork-popping. Sparkling wine has come of age as a food [...]

Keg vs. Bottle: Duking it out at Earls

By |October 31st, 2016|

I went to an intriguing wine tasting last week. It was a side by side blind comparison of identical wines. Only the packaging was different. One glass contained wine poured from a standard 750 ml. bottle and the other from a 9 litre poly bag and keg system. Keg and Bottled wine samples, poured [...]

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