Okanagan Falls: More Than Just a Pretty Place

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:16+00:00 July 14th, 2014|Wine|

Okanagan Falls: not a bad spot for a scenic tasting! The more focused evolution of the Okanagan’s specific wine regions continues, as sub-appellations seem likely to become a reality. Witness the progress of the Okanagan Falls Wineries Association. Last Friday night’s Party in the Park was just that: a delightful evening of wine [...]

(Bending the) Riesling Rules with Martin Tesch

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:16+00:00 July 6th, 2014|Top Drops, Wine|

Dr. Martin Tesch   A multi dimensional tasting They say that wine always tastes better with the winemaker. I’m inclined to agree, especially when it comes to someone like Martin Tesch, who dropped by Vancouver last week. Then again, I happen to know they show just as well without him. It’s not hard to [...]

It’s Always Pimm’s O’Clock Somewhere

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:16+00:00 July 5th, 2014|Cocktails, Top Drops|

  Pimm's. Borage rules, cucumber too. Updated, July 7th, 2014. My recipe has evolved since the original post, so I thought I’d share it now. First of all, for some reason, this time around we’ve ‘graduated’ to Pimm's no. 6, and I’m not sure why. It doesn’t seem quite as ‘Pimmish’ as no. 1., [...]

Winners: 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:16+00:00 June 18th, 2014|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops|

2014 Lieutenant Governor Award winners for Excellence in BC Wine The winners of last week’s keenly contested Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in BC Wine are announced by Government House this morning. As always, the final outcome was interesting because somehow we managed to select (from 436 entries between 119 wineries) just 12 wines [...]

Free Glass by the Wines at (a few) VQA Stores

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:16+00:00 June 2nd, 2014|Wine|

Joie Noble Blend: Topping the list ... (note this is my glass, look below for the glass in question...) I’ll admit that I am a little bit late to the party on this one. But it’s still a deal worth mentioning. All of last month and into June, local Vancouver BC VQA wine [...]

5 Good Reasons to Re-think (and Drink) Portugal

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:16+00:00 June 1st, 2014|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Wine, Wine Reviews|

Portugal's stunning Douro Valley. These days, though, there's a whole lot more to Portugal than Port. Portugal is back in the table wine game with a vengeance. No better proof of that than a recent Vancouver  visit by a couple of score of key producers. Judging by the excitement in the room the [...]

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

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:17+00:00 May 23rd, 2014|Wine|

        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 | 2018-01-21T15:05:17+00:00 May 20th, 2014|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Wine|

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 [...]

Dr. Forrest Reveals his Screwcap Epiphany

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:17+00:00 May 8th, 2014|Wine|

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 [...]

Synchromesh Wines: Shifting Gears in Okanagan Falls

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:17+00:00 May 3rd, 2014|Hired Belly's Best Wines|

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 [...]

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