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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.

Giardino: Umberto’s Latest Almost Open

By |June 16th, 2015|

Umberto: You'll be impressed, Updated: Now Open. See below...   Giardino is just about ready to welcome its first, lucky guests. And judging by the number of enquiries on this site, there is no more highly anticipated event on the culinary calendar than Umberto Menghi’s return to Vancouver. In the past couple of [...]

Unwrapped: Beach Bay Café and Patio

By |June 4th, 2015|

Beach Bay's fresh feeling and bright interior, across from iconic English Bay The wraps are off Beach Bay Café and Patio, across from English Bay, in the West End of Vancouver (1193 Denman St., 604-685-7337). I was in for an informal meeting and wine tasting and—while the restaurant is still very much in [...]

Sea Star Estate: Gulf Islands’ Stellar New Winery

By |June 3rd, 2015|

Sea Star (which has blossomed on the former Morning Bay property) has plenty going for it, starting with a strong team and a keen focus on producing what makes sense for the region.

5 Great Reasons to Visit Unsworth Vineyards

By |May 29th, 2015|

A restored early 1900s farmhouse is the centrepiece that serves as Unsworth's restaurant 1. It’s on Vancouver Island Even though the setting is beautiful and quite easily reached from Vancouver, I’ll confess: Over the years, I’ve had a bit of a love-hate relationship with Vancouver Island’s wine scene. I’ve always had huge admiration [...]

6 Winning BC Oyster Wines

By |May 28th, 2015|

Making their mark: Out Landish Oysters from BC's Quadra Island Sometimes even the very mention of the Osoyoos Oyster Festival is enough to get a raised eyebrow. But if the notion of West Coast oysters on the sandy desert shores of Osoyoos might at first sound incongruous, this little spring shuckfest that could has blossomed [...]

This week: Vancouver International Tequila Expo (VITE) 

By |May 25th, 2015|

El Peloton de la Muerte returns for this year's competition... Vancouver’s premium liquor culture continues to surge and grow in popularity. The biggest to date so far, the fourth annual Vancouver International Tequila Expo (VITE) pours into the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Saturday, May 30. The event is highlighted by a hotly contested [...]

‘Foragin’ craft gin flights of fancy

By |May 20th, 2015|

A close look at gin ... Leave it to forage to come up with a unique gin tasting option... The ever inventive and regionally driven Vancouver restaurant has unveiled a flight of three one-ounce drops to celebrate BC's burgeoning craft distillery culture. Each gin is paired with a taste from Chef Chris Whitaker's adventuresome kitchen. [...]

Mission Hill’s John Simes Picks Vineyards over Cellar

By |May 20th, 2015|

The valley's most recognized winery... Today's announcement that Mission Hill winemaker John Simes is relinquishing his position as Chief Winemaker in order to concentrate on the Von Mandl Family Estates vineyards is an indication of just how much things have changed since Simes arrived on the scene.  He’s handing the winemaking reins to Darryl [...]

De-Hilling in Prince Edward County

By |May 17th, 2015|

De-hilling at Waring House Vineyard, in Picton, Ontario I’m still sifting through the voluminous results of last week’s All Canadian Wine Championships, in which BC fared very well. The competition is held in Prince Edward County (about 275 kms. northeast of Niagara), widely regarded as one of North America’s most up and coming [...]

Why the Where to Dine Awards are Different

By |April 30th, 2015|

Sashimi platter at Miku, photo: KK Law One of the highlights of my year are the WHERE to Dine Awards. They were handed out this week at a superb party at Boulevard Vancouver, hosted by WHERE, and emceed by the inimitable Fred Lee. As Food & Wine editor, I get to hand out [...]

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