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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.

Rejoicing in Red: A Clutch of Good Value BC Wines

By |December 6th, 2014|

Spierhead: an emerging, consistent contender ©Tim Pawsey Looking to to buy for the BC wine lover in your life? Here’s a clutch of more interesting but not that hard to find wines, which individually and collectively show just how much the bar has been raised in the last few years. These bottles, beyond [...]

Cactus Club Wine Matches: Try this at Home

By |December 2nd, 2014|

Cactus Club exec chef Rob Feenie and sommelier-service director Sebastien Le Goff Scratch the surface of a Cactus Club wine list and you’ll often find what constitutes an unlikely line-up of wines—for what we now refer to as “Casual Fine Dining” restaurants. Much of the reason for more interesting than usual selections (especially [...]

Must-Have Vancouver Magazine Value Wine Awards: 2015

By |December 1st, 2014|

Vancouver Magazine has posted the results to this year’s Wine Awards (2015). It’s one of the most anticipated of the year, and rightfully so... There really are some phenomenal values here—and I’m truly honoured to have been a part of the amazing team that worked over three days to choose them. Here’s what head judge(and VanMag wine [...]

Tony Aspler: The Five Minute Wine Book

By |November 26th, 2014|

Tony Aspler — "a card-carrying member of Pack Rats Anonymous." Tony Aspler—one of Canada’s most prolific wine writers—has again put pen to paper, this time with a fun-to-read memoir that spans 35 years of what he describes as “chasing the grape.” The world of wine is writ large, so what makes Aspler’s ‘The [...]

Samantha Syrah Joins a Winning Team

By |November 21st, 2014|

Samantha Syrah: worth tracking down—if you're quick Somehow I just knew it was going to be good. What do you get when you introduce a savvy Whistler sommelier to an accomplished winemaker and a decent crop of South Okanagan grapes? Samantha Syrah 2013 is the newest release in Okanagan Crush Pad’s Okanagan Wine [...]

Goodbye Raincity Grill & C: Agents of Real Change

By |November 17th, 2014|

Raincity Grill owner Harry Kambolis, at Nu, 2005 Raincity closes Whatever the circumstances, I was saddened by last week’s shuttering of long-running Raincity Grill and, not that long before, of C Restaurant, owned by Harry Kambolis. In the fickle world of dining there are any number of reasons as to why restaurants come and [...]

Icewine: Is it Worth it?

By |November 16th, 2014|

Icewine was in the news this week as the cold snap had wineries springing into action for the second earliest icewine harvest on record—the earliest being Nov 5th, 2003. Judging by comments from the Okanagan, this may well prove also to be one of the largest icewine harvests on record. That begs the question, is [...]

Casual Wine Tasting in a Toulouse Market

By |November 12th, 2014|

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, once again, despite some progress, just how outdated BC’s liquor laws really still are, outdated—and ridiculous. We were in the Victor Hugo [...]

Which Wine Label Would You Choose ?

By |November 9th, 2014|

A spectacular vista of Rias Baixas Val do Salnés  coastline Bodegas Vionta (Rias Baixas) sports an impressive view (above). You can see that most of the vineyards in Val do Salnés are quite small, in fact the average size for all of Rias Baixas is .59 ha. There are 4,759 growers in this [...]

A Value Grab-Bag of Worthy Wines Under $20

By |November 8th, 2014|

Wringing more wine from your buck: good value drops under $20 ©Tim Pawsey photoAside from expanding my horizons, one of the reasons I enjoy traveling is the chance to exchange ideas with people from elsewhere. During last week’s swing through Galicia we got chatting about the retail price ‘sweet spot’ that everyone covets. Interestingly, my friend [...]

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