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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.

The Golden Mile Bench, part 2, Maybe of a Series

By |May 23rd, 2014|

        Golden Mile Bench member and Fairview owner Bill Eggert talks soil: ultimately, it really is 'all about the dirt' My notice regarding yesterday's news about the Golden Mile Bench arrived too late for me to add anything to the release.   Here's what I've written for the North Shore [...]

BC wines Show Well at All Canadian Wine Championships

By |May 20th, 2014|

A plethora of rosés It’s always interesting to see what pops out at the end of major competitions. And this past week’s All Canadian Wine Championships proved no exception. Fourteen judges from across Canada (plus one from Michigan) were hunkered down in cosy 100-year-old Angeline's hotel, in Bloomfield, Prince Edward County. It’s the [...]

Green Leaves Redux: The Book of Kale & Friends

By |May 9th, 2014|

The Book of Kale & Friends - authors Sharon Hanna and Carol Pope, photo by Alison Page Beyond the Kale? The Hired Belly is pinching himself. I can't quite believe I've turned into a Kale freak. But there I go, rejoicing in the sweet taste of our over-wintered survivors. And openly lusting after [...]

Vancouver’s upstairs Gurkha Himalayan Kitchen adds a different dimension to West End dining

By |May 8th, 2014|

Taas, a tasty starter plate of grilled lamb with puffed rice, garnished with fresh cilantro, Tim Pawsey photo (Updated May 8, 2014) Upstairs restaurants (i.e. those without any significant street level presence) can be notoriously challenging. In a business where 'location, location, location' is everything, you can count one hand those in downtown [...]

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 [...]

Synchromesh Wines: Shifting Gears in Okanagan Falls

By |May 3rd, 2014|

Powered by Riesling, indeed! The wonderful thing about wine is, if you taste enough, when you come across something truly new and noteworthy, it can hit you like a ton of bricks. In a good way, that is. I remember quite vividly the first time I tasted Synchromesh. It was at Okanagan Falls [...]

Winning Wines at The Osoyoos Oyster Festival

By |April 26th, 2014|

Osoyoos beach from the Watermark Resort The Osoyoos ‘Oyster’ Festival? Seriously? I must admit, I was just a tad surprised when I first heard of the idea. After all, burgeoning bivalves is maybe not the first thing that come to mind when you consider the sandy (rock free), shores of the South Okanagan’s [...]

Agave Week: Time to Taste Tequila and Meet Your Mezcal (Video)

By |April 17th, 2014|

"Mr. Mezcal" Eric Lorenz and an array of Mezcal Updated, April 9, 2014. This year's Vancouver International Tequila Expo runs May 26-31. Full details here: Much more to come soon...   When we first met Eric Lorenz a few of years ago, Tequila was something you made margaritas with and, well, who had even heard [...]

Yak & Yeti: Hitting the Himalayan High Notes

By |April 11th, 2014|

Yak & Yeti Momos and Lamb Kebab I’m intrigued when restaurateurs open a second location. Often as not the reasons are pretty straightforward: As in “If it works here, why not there?” However, the thinking behind Yak & Yeti Bistro (2958 West 4th. Ave., 604-428-4422) is a bit different. It’s the other half [...]

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