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Sun Peaks Winter Wine Festival: The Skiing Senator, Snowshoes and Syrah

By |January 4th, 2013|

UPDATE: There are still a few tix to be had for this year’s Sun Peaks Winter Festival of Wine (January 12-20, 2013). Take a look at last year’s post and you’ll see it’s a lot of fun—particularly if you’re a skier or into any other winter sports. Sun Peaks is one of those ‘just right’ [...]

Savouring Patagonia—and the End of the World, in Buenos Aires

By |September 17th, 2012|

... A good intro to Patagonia Barely an hour on the ground in Buenos Aires and we were headed for Experiencia Del Fin Del Mundo for an overview of Argentina wine with Andrés Rosberg (president of the Argentina Sommeliers Association), before a regional tasting of wines from Patagonia. The restaurant (owned by the [...]

Colour Me a Cab: Winelover Louise Wilson’s Crayons Come in Handy

By |September 12th, 2012|

Louise Wilson's cool idea to colour your approach to wine When time (between wine) permits, The Hired Belly does like to dabble in the odd book review. But it’s been at least a couple of years since he pulled out his crayons for a colouring book. What have crayons and Cabernet in common—Aside [...]

Taste Victoria Yields no Shortage of (Good) Surprises

By |July 21st, 2012|

Rocky Creek’s Linda Holford with José’s Tempranillo, Tim Pawsey photo One thing about Taste Victoria: we never fail to be surprised by something or someone. Often the finds are wonderfully esoteric but usually worthwhile. These are tough times for growers on Vancouver Island—of grapes, or of just about anything. Two unseasonably wet, late [...]

Black Hills Wine Experience Centre Takes Tasting to the Next Level

By |June 16th, 2012|

Smart decor, covered patio, Golden Mile vista. Works for me... TP photo Beyond test driving our Zagat equipped Acura, the main reason for last week’s Okanagan swing was to take in the Vinos and check out Black Hills snappy new tasting room—aka Black Hills Wine Experience Centre. Black Hills president Glenn Fawcett, [...]

GPS Wine Touring in Style with the 2013 Acura RDX Tech

By |June 14th, 2012|

I started my recent wine tour of the Okanagan Valley a little early, right in Vancouver, to be precise. This time I left behind my own car in favour of a swish, spacious and sporty, titanium 2013 Acura RDX Tech, courtesy of Acura Canada—just like the one in The Avengers! Aside from [...]

Edible Canada at the Market: A Tasty chat with Eric Pateman

By |August 18th, 2011|

The other day we checked out Edible Canada at the Market, the new, all-things-very-culinary-Canuckish bistro on Granville Island, that opened—appropriately—on Canada Day. As it turned out, getting there proved to be half the fun. I’d forgotten how enjoyable it is to take the ferry across False Creek–especially on a perfect summer’s [...]

Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food & Wine Yields a Wealth of Local Flavours

By |July 26th, 2011|

Off-leash and delicious Dogfish at The London Chef, Tim Pawsey photo  Taste 2012 runs July 19-22. Read about last year's below—then book this year's here!   We’re just back from Victoria, where we took in a couple of days at Taste Victoria—the very successful food and wine celebration organised by culinary tourism maven Kathy [...]

Victoria’s Best Elevator View—and Other Uplifting Secrets of the Hotel Grand Pacific

By |July 13th, 2011|

When we were judging the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards of Excellence in Victoria, B.C., we stayed at the Hotel Grand Pacific, which, it strikes me, is one of the capital’s better, if largely unsung hotels.  In fact, we’ve rested our head on HGP’s pillows a number of times over the last few years but [...]

Nothing Like a Little Languedoc to Get Your Roussillon — Hey Waiter! There’s Garrigue in my Wine!

By |June 10th, 2011|

We had an excellent tasting recently with the folks from Languedoc and Roussillon. It’s a region that gets surprisingly little attention, especially considering the character of the wines and the value they deliver at most price points. Over the years, however, I think the entry level wines in particular have suffered from being [...]

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