Time Estate Winery Unveiled by BC Wine Pioneer Harry McWatters (Video)

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:26+00:00 June 9th, 2013|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Wine|

Time Estate founder Harry McWatters Time Estate Winery founder Harry McWatters with architect's model, Tim Pawsey photo   I never thought I’d use Harry McWatters’ name in the same sentence as Jim Croce’s.  But there I was, walking home from the official launch of the BC pioneer’s new winery, Time Estate Winery, quietly [...]

50th Parallel Estate Winery welcomes winemaker Grant Stanley (Video)

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:26+00:00 June 2nd, 2013|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops, Wine|

50th Parallel Estate Winery owners welcome Grant Stanley Grant Stanley (l) has joined 50th Parallel Estate Winery owners Sheri-Lee Turner-Krouzel and Curtis Krouzel in what promises to be a significant player in the Okanagan, Tim Pawsey photo 50th Parallel Estate Winery is located near Carr's Landing, just north of Kelowna, Google Maps [...]

In Burgundy’s Pouilly-Fuissé, it’s All About the Rocks

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:26+00:00 May 5th, 2013|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops, Travel, Wine|

La Roche de Vergisson, in southern Burgundy, presides over vineyards with names such as Les Crays (Chalks), Tim Pawsey photo Pouilly-Fuissé, Burgundy. One day into a whirlwind tour of Burgundy, my very obliging guide, Youri Lebault (Bourgogne Gold Tour), is anxious to make sure I understand the importance of “The Rocks”. (More about [...]

Fat Bastard Revisited and Gabrielle Meffre at Le Crocodile (Video)

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:26+00:00 April 20th, 2013|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Restaurant Reviews|

I’m not sure why but I always figured that cheekily named “Fat Bastard” had to have something to do either with the guy who might drink it (me) or the guys who made it—Thierry Boudinaud and Guy Anderson. But here's the real story, as told by Fat Bastard co-owner (and Gabrielle Meffre globe-trotting sommelier) Anthony Taylor.   [...]

Tapping In: Wine on Tap Continues to Pour It On

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:26+00:00 April 17th, 2013|Belly's Best Bites, Wine|

Image courtesy Tidings.ca There’s plenty going on at Vancouver Urban Winery these days—including wine on tap at Gastown’s soon to be open TUC Craft Kitchen. They’ve even re-purposed a couple of vintage fire extinguishers as part of the deal! Tap & Barrel kegs Yesterday we were tasting Blasted Church Hatfield’s Fuse [...]

Howard Soon: “2012 is one of the Best Vintages We’ve Ever Had” (Video)

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:27+00:00 April 15th, 2013|Hired Belly's Best Wines|

Last week after the BC Wine Institute Vintage Preview, we asked Peller master winemaker Howard Soon for a few comments about his Sandhill Sauvignon Blanc, and the 2012 vintage...   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S0OWF2bMiQ   Here's our story from the North Shore News: ... What was interesting this time was that the viticulturalists were invited along to offer [...]

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