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Kiwi Connections: The Great Tiki Tour in Vancouver

By |April 23rd, 2016|

The Great New Zealand Wine Tiki Tour comes to town on May 5th—which is the perfect time of year —with a wealth of styles and tastes from around NZ

Dr. Forrest Reveals his Screwcap Epiphany

By |May 8th, 2014|

The Forrests' latest initiative features (not at all wimpy!) low alcohol wines Kiwi Pioneer Dr. John Forrest was in Vancouver last week for the New Zealand Wine Fair. I recall when he first came to Vancouver and introduced the then very novel (and much mistrusted!) idea of a screwcap closure. After all, wine was still very [...]

7 Wines to Rekindle Your Love Affair with Kiwi Pinot Noir

By |May 7th, 2014|

A range of great Pinots from around New Zealand One of my most memorable moments in New Zealand came when Peter Yealands proudly assured me there were now more vines than sheep, which seemed a good thing. Peter knows a thing or two about sheep: he brought in the first Baby Dolls—Australian miniatures [...]

Brent Marris: Renewing an Old Acquaintance over Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc

By |March 20th, 2014|

The last time I met Brent Marris—the man behind Marlborough’s The Ned, The Kings series, and a whole lot more—was almost exactly 20 years ago. He was part of a New Zealand trade mission that came to Vancouver. At the time, Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc was in the early stages of its remarkable ascent and the [...]

A Little Sauvignon Blanc Post-Ballot? Kiwi Wine Fair Rewards for Voting

By |April 23rd, 2011|

  Time to mark the calendar for May 2nd. Yes, it’s Election Day in Canada but more to the point, it's the day the Kiwis roll into Vancouver for the annual New Zealand Wine Fair, this year at The Roundhouse —so you can take the Canada Line to right across the street. [...]

Renewing an Old Acquaintance: Victoria’s Empress—Still Looking Good

By |April 23rd, 2011|

Coming back to—Victoria’s Fairmont Empress is a bit like catching up with your old aunt, who you haven’t seen for a few years. She’s aged a little more (haven’t we all?) but that last little nip and tuck of a facelift seems to have quite helped quite a bit. Victoria waterfront showing the hotel [...]

Hired Belly’s Bucket List: 30+ Kiwi Wines You Won’t Want to Spit

By |April 21st, 2010|

30+ Kiwi wines you won't want to spit Wine tastings can be a gruelling affair—especially when there are several hundred wines in the room. Spitting is a necessity—though not always easy. In November we visited almost all of the wineries who've come to Vancouver and were impressed above all by the consistency and [...]

New Zealand Comes to Vancouver for Playhouse Wine Festival

By |April 20th, 2010|

Oyster Bay's new winery is just visible - photo by Tim Pawsey Why Kiwis are closer to home than you think ... With the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival upon us, the city’s wine focus will be firmly on New Zealand (along with co-theme region Argentina). Vancouverites might ponder a few salient facts and [...]

Do you Care How Sustainable Your Wine Is? Peter Yealands does.

By |April 12th, 2010|

Green is the New Red & White Owner Peter Yealands prides himself on creating wetlands at his Awatere winery, Tim Pawsey photo How sustainable is the wine in your glass? Do you care? You should. Do you value the notion of terroir, and being able to enjoy distinctive tastes and styles of wine [...]

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