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Cactus Club Roll Out: Latest Tastes from Chef Rob Feenie, FCA

By |November 7th, 2010|

A few tastings come around each year which we consider ‘don’t miss’ dates. Some are pretty obvious, such as when Penfolds senior winemaker Peter Gago comes to town, or Yalumba’s irrepressible ambassador Jane Ferrari. However, it might surprise you learn that another worthwhile event on our calendar has turned out to be the [...]

Three days. 850 Wines = Vancouver Magazine International Wine Awards

By |October 31st, 2010|

This last week saw one of the highlights of our tasting year: judging for the Annual Vancouver Magazine International Wine Awards. Three panels worked their way through 850 wines over three days to come up with the top 100 Best Values and, ultimately, one in each of the tasting categories for a top [...]

Excuse Us … But How Does Flatulence Figure Into Your Diet?

By |October 24th, 2010|

Even though Vancouver prides itself on being a forward thinking dining scene (and has no end of choice and variety to prove that point), introducing new tastes and ingredients can still be a challenge. Just ask Mark Hills. He’s the founder of Hills Foods, which has been single-handedly elevating The Game Game in Vancouver since [...]

Play it Sam! Languedoc Helps Vancouver’s Hollywood Turn 75

By |October 23rd, 2010|

Last night we went to one of the more interesting wine tastings we’ve attended in recent times. The occasion was a 75th anniversary pre-screening reception, before a Hollywood Theatre double bill featuring The American and Casablanca. When we arrived, the compact and cozy lobby was packed with people enthusiastically tasting a selection of AOC wines [...]

Okanagan Fall Wine Festival 2010 – BC Wine Awards Announced

By |October 10th, 2010|

Followers of BC's burgeoning wine industry will be interested in the results of the 2010 Okanagan Fall Wine Festival judging. The Hired Belly participated in the newly named BC Wine Awards, on one of the best panels we’ve judged with to date, run by Master of Wine Rhys Pender, and including: Benoit Beaudet, [...]

Can Sake Match Grape Wine (or Beer) When it Comes to Food Pairing?

By |September 30th, 2010|

We know of no more fervent advocate for the advancement of sake than Masa Shiroki. The dynamo behind Granville Island’s Artisan Sake never rests in his efforts to convert more people to the idea of matching sake with food. His latest undertaking involved a six course dinner at ShuRaku Sake Bar and Bistro [...]

Playing by the (Aussie) Rules: A pre-H*l*d*y Bundle of Value Wines

By |September 26th, 2010|

Around this time of year, wine tastings happen with increasing velocity, as every country-winery-region-producer-importer wants to pour their prized elixir for media—or even for real wine buyers—during the crucial pre-holiday buying period. Every now and then, one comes along that leaves a lasting impression, such as this past week’s Wine Australia extravaganza in [...]

Canadian Wine Marketer Christine Coletta Unveils her Own Wine

By |August 16th, 2010|

Coletta goes haywire. Not! BC’s newest wine, for this week at least, is Haywire—which just also happens to be the latest brainchild of Christine Coletta, the long-time (and arguably most savvy) Canadian wine marketer. It was her efforts, way back in the early ‘90s, that contributed greatly to putting BC wines on the world map, [...]

Why Your Hard Earned Wine Deserves the Right (Hard Earned) Stemware

By |July 17th, 2010|

Every few years it seems we go to a Riedel glass presentation of some kind. And every time we come away surprised and once again delighted—this time from an event as part of  Taste: Victoria. Riedel’s supremacy as a stemware producer is no surprise: we’ve been a convert for years, and have a [...]

BC Government House announces 2010 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards

By |July 12th, 2010|

And the winners are ... The moment of truth at Government House comes when the wraps are pulled off the winning wines. That’s the challenge of tasting blind: you just hope that the winners span an appropriate range of style, producer and price. It’s no small coincidence that the actual judging is run by Marjorie [...]

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