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

By |December 30th, 2017|

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 [...]

“Judgment” Tastings Put BC Wines on World Map

By |September 4th, 2017|

Judgment: The process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing. (Merriam-Webster) How do BC wines stack up beside the rest of the world? It’s a question we used hear a lot, though, nowadays not so much. That BC wine has come of age is old news (at least to Canadians). After all, [...]

Sea Star Spreads its Wings on Saturna

By |August 22nd, 2017|

Sea Star Rising A handful of wineries has sprung up on BC’s Gulf Islands over the last few years. Yet, none have impressed as much as Sea Star Estate Farm & Vineyards. The picturesque winery is perched on a bluff on North Pender Island (between Vancouver and Victoria). Its vines seem to march right down [...]

Les Dames Wine: More Than Meets the Eye

By |October 23rd, 2016|

  Les Dames Rosé Updated, August 22nd, 2017: Having a bit of flashback to that day way back in spring, when I first tasted Led Dames Rosé, 2016. Luckily I got to enjoy it again recently, which reminds me it's past time to post a top BC Rosé list. Soon-ish. This is another excellent wine [...]

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 [...]

Winners: 2015 BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards

By |June 16th, 2015|

BC Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards judging The winners are announced by Government House for this year's Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in BC Wine. This year there were more wineries awarded than in any previous year. It's a sure sign of the excellent conditions of the last two vintages. And also a measure [...]

Winners announced for the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines

By |July 5th, 2011|

VICTORIA – The winners have been chosen for the 2011 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines. This year 309 wines were submitted from 83 wineries across the province. The winners are: • Howling Bluff Estate Winery 2009 Pinot Noir • Laughing Stock Vineyards 2010 Pinot Gris • Mt. Lehman Winery 2009 Viognier Reserve [...]

When the lens speaks louder

By |June 27th, 2011|

One of our few regrets, we never seem to have enough time to get the photograph we really want. Images are becoming even more crucial these days, especially in the more visually driven on-line world. We like this shot of winemakers Howard Soon and Stephanie Leinemann for any number of reasons, none the [...]

What’s in a Name? If You’re BC’s Principal Grape Growing Region, Plenty

By |April 26th, 2011|

We're still sorting through our notes from this year's South Okanagan Banée. But this was the major news... Here's our column as it appears in this weekend's North Shore News: Over the last six months, the South Okanagan Wineries Association (SOWA) has been on the quest for a new identity. While organizations often [...]

What Makes the Vancouver Playhouse Wine Festival So Special, Anyway?

By |March 24th, 2011|

Here at Hired Belly’s lavish corporate headquarters, we’re resting up in preparation for the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival (March 28-April 3)—one of the longest running and most successful wine events on the continent. If you live in Vancouver and drink wine but have never been (for shame!), there’s no time like the [...]

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