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 [...]

Rosé Smackdown: Two of the Okanagan’s More Serious Wine Guys Go Toe to Toe

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:27+00:00 March 13th, 2013|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops|

David Scholefield (left) and Michael Bartier—No fun at all ... TP photo Rosé has a long and sometimes less than illustrious history in BC, which is one reason why, no doubt, messrs. Bartier and Scholefield (aka BS Wines) have elected to put on the proverbial boxing gloves and duke out their stylistic differences. [...]

Long Table: Craft Distilling (Finally) Comes to Vancouver

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:28+00:00 February 23rd, 2013|Spirits, Top Drops|

First sips of Vancouver's Long Table gin and vodka, Tim Pawsey photo Today marks a truly auspicious occasion in the sometimes mirky history of Vancouver's liquor trade. Long Table Distillery officially opens its doors—marking the launch of the city’s first distillery in several decades. The path to pulling the wraps off the converted [...]

SYL at TWB – OK? Provence Marinaside Unwraps a Smart New Wine Bar

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:30+00:00 January 17th, 2013|Belly's Best Bites, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Restaurant Reviews, Top Drops|

Alessandra and Jean-Francis Quaglia: smartly tapped into changing tastes with their sleek new TWB, Tim Pawsey photo We’ve always felt Provence Marinaside is one of Vancouver’s more under-appreciated rooms—but that might just be about to change with the arrival of TWB, which stands for (drum roll) The Wine Bar—at Provence. (We’re a tad [...]

A Visit to Emiliana Vineyards: the Heart of Chile’s Organic Wine Movement

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:31+00:00 November 14th, 2012|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops|

A comprehensive organic-biodynamic program from vineyard to bottle, Tim Pawsey photo Last week’s column for the North Shore News was a quick recap of our visit to Emiliana Los Robles Organic Biodynamic Vineyards. It was one of the more impressive but—more to the point— profound experiences of my week in Chile. A [...]

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