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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.

12 Bubbles that Won’t Break the Bank

By |December 18th, 2016|

'Tis the season … for Champagne, Cava, Sekt, Prosecco, Crémant and more. You name it—around this time of year, if it bubbles and pops we love to drink it. First, the good news about sparkling wine. Bubbles are no longer just for celebrations and glorified cork-popping. Sparkling wine has come of age as a food [...]

Keg vs. Bottle: Duking it out at Earls

By |October 31st, 2016|

I went to an intriguing wine tasting last week. It was a side by side blind comparison of identical wines. Only the packaging was different. One glass contained wine poured from a standard 750 ml. bottle and the other from a 9 litre poly bag and keg system. Keg and Bottled wine samples, poured [...]

Les Dames Wine: More Than Meets the Eye

By |October 23rd, 2016|

  Open a bottle of Les Dames Wine and you’ll be doing more than just twisting the cap on a decent drop.You’ll be helping a good cause. These well made wines are part of a fundraising project for women working in BC’s food and beverage industries. Proceeds go towards Les Dames’ d’Escoffier’s scholarship fund, which helps women [...]

8 Must See Okanagan View Wineries

By |October 19th, 2016|

A View Kissed List There's only one problem with making a short list of view wineries in the Okanagan. In a valley of superlative panoramas,  you’re guaranteed to upset somebody. So many rate, it’s impossible to do them all justice. With that disclaimer, here’s a quick look at what’s new and in the wings. Where to go and [...]

Meet Juliane Eller: the new face of German wine

By |August 22nd, 2016|

When she came back from her studies at Geisenheim (then 23), Juliane Eller suggested to her parents it was time to do things her way ...

Terrific First Tastes at Tacofino Tacobar

By |July 29th, 2016|

TACOFINO OPENS IN YALETOWN (Updated, July 29, 2016) Latest from the folks at Tacofino (see below) is a cute and compact Yaletown addition, at 1025 Mainland St., Vancouver. At a media preview the other night there was no shortage of great tastes, with many faves from the main Gastown menu on offer. It should be [...]

Nightingale: Hawksworth Latest Truly Sings

By |July 6th, 2016|

Nightingale is the latest undertaking from David Hawksworth, Vancouver’s acclaimed culinary star. Hawksworth first arrived on the scene when he opened West Restaurant. At the time he was a virtual unknown. The West Van raised chef had been busy polishing his skills elsewhere. He worked in such esteemed kitchens as Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons [...]

BC Lieutenant Governor Wine Awards Spotlights Newcomers

By |June 22nd, 2016|

The just concluded BC Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in BC Wines is surely one of the most unique competitions anywhere. I'm not aware of any other judging that starts out with over 500 wines from 132 wineries and manages to single out a mere dozen for recognition. (The similar, Ontario LG Awards, modeled on [...]

Mister Does it Right: Annals of Ice Cream

By |June 21st, 2016|

A visit to Yaletown's newly minted Mister reminded me: I don't often get to frequent ice cream parlours and similar dens of blissful decadence. However, I do know good ice cream when I taste it. That's partly because a summer holiday highlight when growing up was to indulge in a '99'. These ice cream cornet [...]

Chefs for Oceans: Here’s to ‘Yew,’ Ned Bell

By |May 30th, 2016|

Updated: Chef Ned Bell joins Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Here's the full release: PASSIONATE SUPPORTER OF SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD CHEF NED BELL JOINS VANCOUVER AQUARIUM’S OCEAN WISE CULINARY TEAM VANCOUVER, B.C. – Eleven years ago, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre sharpened its focus on protecting the world’s oceans by tackling its biggest issue: overfishing. Now nationwide, [...]

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