Alsace Puts a Spring in Our Palate

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:35+00:00 April 14th, 2012|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops|

Up in the lofty surrounds of a marble clad tower high above downtown Vancouver,’s cutting edge IT department is still grappling with the challenge of how to present our ongoing Belly’s Best wine picks in a timely and easily accessible way. We’ll let you know when they finally get it figured out. (If they [...]

Tasting Diversity – Speed dating wine-style with some of Chile’s best

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:36+00:00 March 7th, 2012|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops, Wine|

Another Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival done! But what an action packed week, with an amazing array of events, most of which went off without a hitch. Kudos to the tireless Playhouse team, to the legion of unsung volunteers who make this thing work, and especially to Wines of Chile, for truly raising the [...]

Tales of the Cocktail on Tour Returns with a Delightfully ‘Cheeky’ Launch

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:36+00:00 February 14th, 2012|Beer, Cocktails, Top Drops|

Vancouver’s classiest cocktail salute is back with a vengeance this week. Judging by the weekend pre-show and first day’s activities, it promises to far outshine last year’s inaugural event, which was impressive—even more so considering it was the first run. Where cocktails and bartenders mix, even the most functional of activities is likely [...]

Skaha Meets Sidecut: Painted Rock Rules at Four Seasons Whistler

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:37+00:00 November 15th, 2011|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops|

It’s entirely possible that the impressive Sidecut / Painted Rock 4 x 5 course winemaker dinner (that’ll be four courses each of five plates or accompaniments) that we enjoyed at just concluded Cornucopia entailed the most food we’ve seen at one sitting! Much like the winery with whom they partnered, it's apparent [...]

Founder Frank Deiter Leaves Okanagan Spirits

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:38+00:00 September 17th, 2011|Top Drops|

  Frank Deiter—the man who kick-started modern craft distilling in BC, and mentored to several other successful start-ups (including Victoria Spirits)—is launching a new venture. However, he’ll also stay closely connected to the trade he loves. Frank’s a firm believer in making the most of what we have, in every way possible. This is [...]

Winners announced for the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:39+00:00 July 5th, 2011|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops|

VICTORIA – The winners have been chosen for the 2011 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines. This year 309 wines were submitted from 83 wineries across the province. The winners are: • Howling Bluff Estate Winery 2009 Pinot Noir • Laughing Stock Vineyards 2010 Pinot Gris • Mt. Lehman Winery 2009 Viognier Reserve [...]

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