Rejoicing in Red: A Clutch of Good Value BC Wines

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:13+00:00 December 6th, 2014|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops, Wine|

Spierhead: an emerging, consistent contender ©Tim Pawsey Looking to to buy for the BC wine lover in your life? Here’s a clutch of more interesting but not that hard to find wines, which individually and collectively show just how much the bar has been raised in the last few years. These bottles, beyond [...]

(Bending the) Riesling Rules with Martin Tesch

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:16+00:00 July 6th, 2014|Top Drops, Wine|

Dr. Martin Tesch   A multi dimensional tasting They say that wine always tastes better with the winemaker. I’m inclined to agree, especially when it comes to someone like Martin Tesch, who dropped by Vancouver last week. Then again, I happen to know they show just as well without him. It’s not hard to [...]

It’s Always Pimm’s O’Clock Somewhere

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:16+00:00 July 5th, 2014|Cocktails, Top Drops|

  Pimm's. Borage rules, cucumber too. Updated, July 7th, 2014. My recipe has evolved since the original post, so I thought I’d share it now. First of all, for some reason, this time around we’ve ‘graduated’ to Pimm's no. 6, and I’m not sure why. It doesn’t seem quite as ‘Pimmish’ as no. 1., [...]

Winners: 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:16+00:00 June 18th, 2014|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops|

2014 Lieutenant Governor Award winners for Excellence in BC Wine The winners of last week’s keenly contested Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in BC Wine are announced by Government House this morning. As always, the final outcome was interesting because somehow we managed to select (from 436 entries between 119 wineries) just 12 wines [...]

8 Tasting Tips (and more) for the Vancouver International Wine Festival

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:18+00:00 February 20th, 2014|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops, Wine|

Next week’s Vancouver International Wine Festival will be one of the most well attended  in the festival’s 36 years. How come it’s so popular? There are a couple of key reasons: Arguably North America’s most important combined consumer and trade wine gathering, it’s a great opportunity for wineries to meet their customers face to face—in [...]

Toasting the New Year in The Right (Riedel) Glass

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:20+00:00 January 4th, 2014|Top Drops, Wine, Wine Reviews|

Waterford's pretty but ... Does the right glass really matter? You bet it does! Because we have a such a busy holiday season and Christmas, over the years, a restful, decidedly lazy New Year’s Day has become our tradition. Often we move little more than from the couch to the fridge—to extract more [...]

Broker’s, Brollies and Bowlers: The London Dry Taking the Gin World by Storm

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:20+00:00 November 29th, 2013|Cocktails, Spirits, Top Drops|

The Broker's Brothers  Martin & Andy Dawson... If the hat fits ... Andy Dawson is sitting at the bar in Gerrard at Sutton Place. Between measured sips of her Moét, the woman at the other end is staring at him intently. More precisely (no offence to the eminently handsome Mr. Dawson), she’s actually [...]

50th Parallel Estate Winery welcomes winemaker Grant Stanley (Video)

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:26+00:00 June 2nd, 2013|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops, Wine|

50th Parallel Estate Winery owners welcome Grant Stanley Grant Stanley (l) has joined 50th Parallel Estate Winery owners Sheri-Lee Turner-Krouzel and Curtis Krouzel in what promises to be a significant player in the Okanagan, Tim Pawsey photo 50th Parallel Estate Winery is located near Carr's Landing, just north of Kelowna, Google Maps [...]

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