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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.

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 [...]

Sai Woo, Vancouver: Chinatown Rising

By |April 21st, 2015|

Sai Woo's long bar makes the most of the expansive room One of the challenges of this gig is finding the time to return to those places that impress the first time around. It takes no shortage of smarts to open a restaurant right, to hit the ground running and not miss a step. I’m [...]

Rockin’ Rioja: A Clutch of Food Friendly Reds

By |April 19th, 2015|

...Don't try this at home. It’s been a bit of whirl on the wine circuit this past week. All the more reason to get back to posting, so at least I can figure out where I’ve been. (Just kidding!) Though sometimes the best way to take stock, truly, is to sift through the [...]

#LostInhibitions Wine: No F*cking Kidding

By |April 1st, 2015|

Lost Inhibitions EFFING EPIC: irony not lost One thing about Bernie Hadley Beauregard: you never know what the guy’s going to come up with next! Hadley Beauregard, of Blasted Church, Therapy Vineyards (Freudian Sip), Dirty Laundry (and a host of other labels/brands) fame, looks set to repeat the kind of off-the-chart success registered [...]

Golden Mile Bench GI a First for BC Wine

By |March 30th, 2015|

Looking down on Golden Mile Bench from above Culmina Winery Today's announcement about the final approval of the Golden Mile Bench Geographical Indication (GI) adds up to a red letter day for the BC wine industry. In essence, you could call it a watershed moment, as it sends a firm signal that BC is [...]

Cider House Rules: BC Tree Fruits Broken Ladder

By |March 25th, 2015|

A new cider from the Okanagan Cider is one of BC’s relatively undeveloped opportunities. However, that may be about to change, with the arrival of a new cider, Broken Ladder, made by BC Tree Fruits. BCTF is an Okanagan Valley co-operative of over 500 growers, established almost 80 years ago. BCTF (and no, [...]

Nose to Tail: When Only the Beast Will Do

By |March 12th, 2015|

Nose to Tail at Campagnolo Roma Dramatic pig skull presentation at Campagnolo Roma makes the point I’m both intrigued and reassured by the resurgence and resilience of nose to tail dining. I’m a big fan of the whole beast movement, for any number of reasons. I’m intrigued because it really is a nod [...]

Upstart Farm2Fork Wins Vintners Brunch Pairing

By |March 3rd, 2015|

Vintners Winner Farm2Fork's delicious Laksa with William Hardys Sauv Blanc nailed it! Even in matters of food and wine pairing, sometimes the planets align. One of the most challenging / enjoyable / filling parts of last week’s Vancouver International Wine Festival, was judging at the Vintners Brunch. (If you’re not aware of Vintners [...]

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