Judgement of BC Chardonnay flight sm  Tim Pawsey photo

I’m still sifting through the results (***See below for the full list)  from this past week’s Judgment  of BC tasting, led by D.J. Kearney, with Steven Spurrier, Consultant Editor to Decanter Magazine, organised by Wines of British Columbia.  It was one of the best tastings in which I’ve participated. That’s not to say that it wasn’t challenging. When […]


Steven Spurrier Comes to BC

by Tim Pawsey on August 22, 2015

in Wine

It’s a very Canadian trait that we rarely confer praise on our own until validity is confirmed from the outside. But the fact that British wine expert Steven Spurrier is taking time to visit the Okanagan and Vancouver does mark another major milestone in the still young history of the industry. I’m reminded of the first time […]

{ 1 comment }

Supermarine crispy octopus chips sm

A Chat with James Iranzad… After I wrote my piece on Supermarine (1685 Yew St., Vancouver, 604-739-4677) for the Courier, I thought it would be interesting to find out what’s behind James Iranzad and Josh Pape’s latest.  By the time our conversation was over, I was keen to get back. Here’s why. 1. It’s a breath […]


Alice Spurrell (rt.) hands over the reins of Les Amis du Fromage to daughter Allison (l.)  Tim Pawsey photo

I’ve always figured it’s my role to bring attention where it’s due. That can be challenging from an in-box cluttered with way too much inconsequential stuff. But this week an announcement popped up from Les Amis du Fromage. And the news is significant: Les Amis’ co-founder and matriach (she’ll kill me for that!) Alice Spurrell […]


Red Racer + Dix Redux = Good Brews News

Red Racer Restaurant has landed—with a few taps to go along...

  The Big Brews News of the month is that Central City Brewing’s much anticipated Red Racer Restaurant has landed in downtown Vancouver, in the old Dix BBQ & Brewery spot. (871 Beatty St.) And, no surprise, there’s a whole raft of Red Racer brews on tap. It’s never been entirely clear to me why Dix […]

Read more July 30, 2015 Beer

5 Reasons to Watch Maverick Estate Winery

Maverick enjoys impressive views of the South Okanagan

For a couple of years now I’ve been watching the progress of Maverick Estate Winery. The wines made by South African born Bertus Albertyn impressed me right out of the gate—even before I knew that Bertus was (briefly) the winemaker at Don Triggs’ Culmina project, before moving on to Burrowing Owl. Since I last visited […]

Read more July 25, 2015 Wine

SoCIAL Lite: A Sin-free (and Tasteful) Cooler

SoCIAL Lite: taking a solid shot at the lucrative cooler business

I’ve never been a cooler fan. I can’t really say why, except that I don’t like sweet drinks. It wasn’t always like that. When I was a kid, my parents used to take us kids to the pub after church. (Nice balance of priorities…) We’d sit in the car outside with bottles of CherryAde (non […]

Read more July 21, 2015 Beer

Chilling Out at Similkameen Barbecue King

Welcoming hosts Andrew and Stephane at Similkameen's Tree to Me

Who knew that rain in BC would ever be so welcome? Last week’s Similkameen BBQ King took place against a backdrop of six weeks of scorching temperatures and a weekend of lightning strikes. The rain held off for a while. But, eventually, a downpour had everyone running for shelter. And I heard not one single […]

Read more July 20, 2015 Wine

Orofino: A Clever, Concrete Solution

Origin sourced its Syrah from Scout Vineyard: classic Similkameen

The ingenuity of winemakers never ceases to amaze me. Case in point: the recently released and impressive, concrete aged Orofino Wild Ferment Syrah 2014 (Similkameen Valley). Orofino owners John and Virginia Weber are known for their forward thinking ways: when they moved to the Similkameen they built the first straw bale winery in the country, […]

Read more July 16, 2015 Wine

6 Worthy (Almost) Award Winning Wines

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, this is the first year that the list of finalists has […]

Read more June 25, 2015 Wine