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5+ Reasons to Hit the Kamloops Wine Trail

November 7th, 2015|1 Comment

Kamloops, BC: The Thompson Valley is BC's newest wine region British Columbia’s wineries continue to push the boundaries, opening up new areas previously not deemed capable of ripening grapes. A decade ago, if you'd suggested [...]

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6 Reasons to Visit Sun Peaks Resort—Besides Super Skiing

February 4th, 2015|1 Comment

Sun Peaks - great skiing plus plenty more ... Sun Peaks—Canada's second largest ski resort—yields a wealth of fun and activities in a pristine alpine setting. However, there's a lot more here than [...]

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Casual Wine Tasting in a Toulouse Market

November 12th, 2014|3 Comments

Casual tasting and wines by the glass at the market wine shop Travel, they say, broadens the mind. It also sharpens your perspective at home. A recent tasting in France found me thinking, [...]

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402, 2014

The Roof at Hotel Vancouver Re-Opens as a Pop Up

February 4th, 2014|0 Comments

The Roof is back! Martinis too, Tim Pawsey photo UPDATED, March 25th, 2014... From the announcement: "…It’s official – The Roof is now open!   After several unexpected delays, the doors swung open this [...]

1907, 2013

La Source des Fées: a Little Corner of Paradise in Fuissé, Burgundy

July 19th, 2013|0 Comments

 La Source des Fées: in the heart of the Burgundian countryside La Souce des Fées is tucked away in picturesque Fuissé When I was in my early teens my parents arranged a summer [...]

2405, 2013

The Ultimate Customized Wine Tour: Striking Gold in Burgundy

May 24th, 2013|0 Comments

Bourgogne Gold Tour owner Youri Lebault Always a map at the ready ... Thinking of going on a wine tour? You're not alone. Wine tourism is growing by leaps and bounds. I don’t [...]

505, 2013

In Burgundy’s Pouilly-Fuissé, it’s All About the Rocks

May 5th, 2013|0 Comments

La Roche de Vergisson, in southern Burgundy, presides over vineyards with names such as Les Crays (Chalks), Tim Pawsey photo Pouilly-Fuissé, Burgundy. One day into a whirlwind tour of Burgundy, my very obliging [...]

401, 2013

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

January 4th, 2013|2 Comments

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 [...]

1709, 2012

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

September 17th, 2012|0 Comments

... 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 [...]

1209, 2012

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

September 12th, 2012|2 Comments

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 [...]

2107, 2012

Taste Victoria Yields no Shortage of (Good) Surprises

July 21st, 2012|0 Comments

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 [...]

1606, 2012

Black Hills Wine Experience Centre Takes Tasting to the Next Level

June 16th, 2012|2 Comments

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 [...]

1406, 2012

GPS Wine Touring in Style with the 2013 Acura RDX Tech

June 14th, 2012|1 Comment

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 [...]

1808, 2011

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

August 18th, 2011|3 Comments

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 [...]

2607, 2011

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

July 26th, 2011|1 Comment

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 [...]

1307, 2011

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

July 13th, 2011|0 Comments

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 [...]

1006, 2011

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

June 10th, 2011|0 Comments

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 [...]

1305, 2011

Time to Exorcise Excise: The Perils of Cross Border ‘Smuggling’ in Canada

May 13th, 2011|0 Comments

Amazing how a guy driving through the Rockies with a couple of boxes of wine in his trunk can get people so stirred up: All power to Terry David Mulligan for single handedly bringing this [...]

2804, 2011

WHERE Vancouver Announces 15th Annual Where to Dine Awards

April 28th, 2011|0 Comments

WHERE Vancouver (to whom the Hired Belly supplies considerable calorific content) yesterday unveiled the 15TH Annual Where to Dine Awards. The well attended (and well-run) event was hosted in superb fashion by Blue [...]

2604, 2011

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

April 26th, 2011|0 Comments

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 [...]

2304, 2011

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

April 23rd, 2011|0 Comments

  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 [...]

2304, 2011

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

April 23rd, 2011|0 Comments

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 [...]

1804, 2011

Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek Winery: Raising the Bar on Okanagan Dining

April 18th, 2011|1 Comment

We finally made it to recently unveiled Miradoro, the new restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, in Oliver, BC. We’ve been watching the progress (admittedly, slow at times) of this latest South Okanagan addition with [...]

102, 2011

Post Olympics Puppy Love? Not Quite.

February 1st, 2011|5 Comments

Like most people, we are sickened by the news just out of Whistler, concerning the brutal killing of 100 sled dogs last April, post-Olympics, and ongoing SPCA (Society for Prevention of Cruelty to [...]

701, 2011

ZAP Turns 20 in San Francisco – Jan 29 Maybe You Should be There!

January 7th, 2011|0 Comments

With Golden Gate Bridge in the background, and a wealth of wine within, not a bad place to taste, Tim Pawsey photo ZAP may well be the most fun you can ever have at a [...]

1811, 2010

Of Tiles, Tunas and Touriga Naçional

November 18th, 2010|1 Comment

Citrus and vineyard at Quinta da Nespereira, Dao - Tim Pawsey photo Vineyard detail, tiles at Caves Sao Joao, Beiras - Tim Pawsey photo Just back from Portugal, and we’re playing [...]

1011, 2010

First Tastes of Portugal: Fried Little Fish and Tentacles

November 10th, 2010|1 Comment

Two hours after landing in Oporto, we’re hot on the trail of two essentials: sardines and octopus. Oh—and wine! Well, that’s not too hard to find around these parts. Nor are the first two. [...]

2410, 2010

Excuse Us … But How Does Flatulence Figure Into Your Diet?

October 24th, 2010|1 Comment

Even though Vancouver prides itself on being a forward thinking dining scene (and has no end of choice and variety to prove that point), introducing new tastes and ingredients can still be a challenge. Just [...]

1010, 2010

Okanagan Fall Wine Festival 2010 – BC Wine Awards Announced

October 10th, 2010|0 Comments

Followers of BC's burgeoning wine industry will be interested in the results of the 2010 Okanagan Fall Wine Festival judging. The Hired Belly participated in the newly named BC Wine Awards, on one [...]

2104, 2010

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

April 21st, 2010|2 Comments

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 [...]

2004, 2010

New Zealand Comes to Vancouver for Playhouse Wine Festival

April 20th, 2010|0 Comments

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 [...]