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Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards 2017 Winners: a Unique Contest

By |June 22nd, 2017|

The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in BC Wine is unique among wine competitions. Nowhere else, as far as I know, does a panel of judges work so hard to whittle down 486 entries to just 12 wines. (Although, Ontario stages a similar contest, which is modeled on BC’s.) The contest has grown considerably as [...]

Howard Soon, an Okanagan Legend, Retires (for now)

By |June 11th, 2017|

Howard Soon has just announced he's retiring from his job as Master Winemaker at Andrew Peller Estates, aka Calona Wines, Sandhill, Red Rooster ... and so on. I figure it’s a really good time to tell the truth about Howard. He’s one of the most sincere people you’ll ever meet in the wine industry—an industry [...]

BC Lieutenant Governor Wine Awards Spotlights Newcomers

By |June 22nd, 2016|

The just concluded BC Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in BC Wines is surely one of the most unique competitions anywhere. I'm not aware of any other judging that starts out with over 500 wines from 132 wineries and manages to single out a mere dozen for recognition. (The similar, Ontario LG Awards, modeled on [...]

6 Worthy (Almost) Award Winning Wines

By |June 25th, 2015|

Potential (almost) Lieutenant Governor's award winners, worth a look Sometimes with wine competitions it's well worth checking the list of wines that didn't quite win but came pretty close. Not to take away the glory from the 14 stellar winners of the 2015 BC lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in BC Wine, however, [...]

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

By |June 18th, 2014|

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 [...]

The Must-Have Value List: 2014 Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards

By |December 3rd, 2013|

  The rosé flight. Every home should have one! I’m working on a redesign for hiredbelly.com wine recommendations, which will include all of the Belly’s Best selections as they run elsewhere. It’s time consuming but I think will be worth the wait and effort. In the meantime, here’s a link to the best [...]

The Medal Counts: 2013 BC Wine Award Results

By |October 3rd, 2013|

A tough job but ... Yes, I know, there should be a way more sexy pic here. But that’s all there is: a down and dirty get it done, direct from the action shot that exposes the gritty reality of judging the morning’s first flight. We had planned to have all kinds of [...]

Winners: 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in BC Wines

By |June 27th, 2013|

Judging for the BC Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards takes place at Victoria's Government House, TP photo It’s tempting to just run the list without any comment, as the wines tend to stand on their own. And that’s the point. At the outset of this competition back in 2002, more than a few thought [...]

Chef Hamid Salimian bids farewell to Diva at the Met

By |May 17th, 2013|

Chaf Hamid Salimian: on the move TP photo It's been only a matter of weeks since we were raving about Chef Hamid Salimian and his remarkable Persian inspired tasting menu at Diva at the Met. But Chef Hamid is on the move.  June 4th, 2013, will be his last day at Diva before he leaves [...]

Bella Gelateria’s James Coleridge Named an Ace Bakery Artisan

By |March 30th, 2013|

Bella Gelateria's James Coleridge No half measures in James Coleridge's gelato conquering world, Tim Pawsey photo We’re big fans of Bella Gelateria. In part it’s because we never know what the extraordinarily talented James Coleridge will get up to next. Another reason: if you walk by his always-busy storefront at the corner of Vancouver’s Burrard and Cordova, no [...]

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