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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.

Honda HR-V: 5 Reasons to Drive a Riesling

By |March 22nd, 2016|

I was impressed with overall performance, handling, and gas mileage... The Honda HR-V is definitely more Riesling than barrel fermented Chardonnay: Light and lively, utterly refreshing to drive, and easy on the pocket book. 91 pts!

Stag’s Hollow: The Power of Perseverance

By |March 18th, 2016|

Stag’s Hollow Winery, just outside of ‘OK Falls’ over 20 years ago, in 1995 has always intrigued me. Often as not, I find myself in awe of the perseverance displayed by winemakers and viticulturists. And in Stag's Hollow's case, that evolution has been truly fascinating.

10 Tasting Room Tips for Wine Fest Survival

By |February 20th, 2016|

The Vancouver International Wine Festival is hailed as one of the best of its kind anywhere. But walking into the Acura International Tasting can be daunting. It doesn't have to be. Here’s how to make the most of it.

Stone’d: Stoneboat Rocks New Label

By |February 18th, 2016|

The Stone’d wines are well-made blends which will doubtless get plenty of attention.

Osteria Savio Volpe: One Smart Fox Indeed

By |February 15th, 2016|

Any menu that leaves you wishing you could just order the whole thing is a sign that something good’s afoot.

5 Wines for Valentine’s

By |February 12th, 2016|

Pink seems to be a constant theme, which I guess makes sense. Hearts are good, too. And sex should be in there somewhere, hopefully.

People to Know: Grandview Woodland Food Connection

By |February 10th, 2016|

Grandview Woodland Food Connection’s impact encompasses almost every facet of nutritional awareness, from seed programs to nutritional mentorship through community kitchens, gardening workshops, and more.

Alistair Veen is BC Sommelier of the Year

By |January 26th, 2016|

There was some seriously hot competition at Vancouver's Rogers Arena this week. And it wasn’t on the ice. CAPS BC (more lengthily known as the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, BC Chapter) held its annual competition to determine the best sommelier in the province. Vying for top honours were Sean Nelson of Vij’s Restaurant (Vancouver), Shane [...]

Valpolicella: a Truly Distinct Wine Region

By |January 22nd, 2016|

In Valpolicella, a truly distinctive wine region, it's really all about drying, or Appassimanto

Three Old World White Wines to Broaden your Palate

By |January 18th, 2016|

This year's event—the 38th —puts Italy firmly in the spotlight. That adds up to a perfect opportunity to reacquaint yourself with the remarkable variety of Italian wines from across its 20 contrasting regions, and with no shortage of Italian food, of course.

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