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About Tim Pawsey

Tim has been covering the food and wine revolution for about 20 kilos. Count 15 kg alone thanks to the blossoming cuisine and wine culture of British Columbia, Canada. Tim’s hallmark is seeking out and recommending value wines from BC and around the world that offer quality at every level. He also scopes out noteworthy restaurants that live up to their promises—and often over deliver. Readers depend on the Hired Belly for his “Belly’s Best” and “Belly’s Budget Best” picks to help them find the right wine for the occasion. He writes, tweets and shoots his own images for columns in the Vancouver Courier and North Shore News. He also contributes to WHERE Vancouver magazine, as well as to several other publications. They include Taste magazine, Tidings Magazine, and Montecristo. His columns are frequently picked up by major newspapers across Canada. Tim is a frequent judge for wine competitions, such as Vancouver Magazine International Wine Awards. He is a founding judge of The BC Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Wine. He is frequently invited to judge at The BC Wine Awards, and others. Tim has traveled to taste in many of the world’s leading wine regions, most recently in Burgundy, Argentina and Chile.

Vanessa Vineyard: Similkameen’s Rising Star

By |February 20th, 2015|

Similkameen Valley, looking east from Vanessa Vineyard (Howard Soon photo) (Updated 20/02/16 with 2013 reviews) Vanessa Vineyard is at the eastern end of British Columbia's stunning Similkameen Valley.  The place (which reminds me a bit of New Zealand's Gibbston Valley) is extraordinarily beautiful. But the other thing about the Similkameen that’s truly striking—and unavoidable—is [...]

JoieFarm Founders Go Separate Ways

By |February 18th, 2015|

JoieFarm founders Heidi Noble and Michael Dinn in easier times My good friends Heidi Noble and Michael Dinn, founders of JoieFarm—one of the Okanagan's most successful wineries—are going their separate ways. I have immense respect for these two people, what they've built in JoieFarm, and everything else that they've brought to the Okanagan. [...]

4 Great Reasons to Fall in Love with Nettles

By |February 16th, 2015|

Nettles, freshly cut. Put them in the crisper and they'll keep for at least a couple of weeks. Or dry them. My love affair with Stinging Nettles is a relatively recent occurrence. When I was growing up, in England, it seemed they were everywhere, including at the bottom of our garden. It was [...]

The Case for Fruit Wines and Chocolate

By |February 13th, 2015|

Forbidden Fruit's remarkable Cerise d'Eve, from the Similkameen Valley I’ve never been all that crazy about wine with chocolate, well, not entirely. In fact most of the time there’s little that appeals to me about matching a Cab with a piece of even good dark chocolate, whatever anyone says. OK, Port can be [...]

16 Oceans Cocktails to Float your Sustainable Boat

By |February 6th, 2015|

Yew's Oceans cocktails, such as this 'Glacial Snout" , are some of the most innovative we've seen I’ll confess: I haven't always been a huge fan of cocktail and food pairings. However, there was a time a short while back when it was all the rage. And for some it still is. Not [...]

6 Reasons to Visit Sun Peaks Resort—Besides Super Skiing

By |February 4th, 2015|

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 you might imagine once you get off the slopes and trails.   1. Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival The [...]

Goodbye Kits Kitchen: Brian Fowke moves on

By |February 1st, 2015|

Brian Fowke... Time to move on.  Tim Pawsey photo Fresh daily proponent Brian Fowke says it's time to move on from his cherished Kitsilano Daily Kitchen, which will now become AnnaLena ... This from today's mail: "I have just put my chef's knife down for the last time at Kitsilano Daily Kitchen. With [...]

Of first growth faith, hope and charity

By |January 31st, 2015|

With two of the best vintages in recent memory (2012, 2013) and a third in the barrel (2014), most agree: it’s a pretty good time to be making red wines in the Okanagan Valley. However, it’s already been several years that Bill Lui has been thinking seriously  about what it would take to make the [...]

Vancouver International Wine Festival: Australia Redux

By |January 23rd, 2015|

A memento of Coonawarra There’s something about this shot of the old Coonawarra train station that pushes so many buttons for me. Yes, I’m a bit of a sentimentalist. I love trains—and have probably taken more than my share of them over the years. I’m also a big fan of Australia—and this photo [...]

Drinking in Dine Out in Style

By |January 19th, 2015|

Dine Out Vancouver started out as discount dinner-fest. But it’s now blossomed well beyond the plate. Dine Out is now very much also about what’s in the glass. The time was, not all that long ago, when you’d be hard pressed to find any BC wines on a restaurant list. No More. Dine Out’s most [...]

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