Judging at The 2010 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:45+00:00 June 9th, 2010|Top Drops|

The Hired Belly has just finished participating in one of the more interesting competitions on the Canadian judging calendar. The Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines were introduced by former Lieutenant Governor the Honourable Iona Campagnolo in 2003. The judging is different from many for a number of reasons, none [...]

Tantalus Vineyards’ Unveils BC’s First LEED Winery in Okanagan Valley

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:45+00:00 May 21st, 2010|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops|

Clean and Lean, New Winery is Really           ‘Very Riesling’ Tantalus Vineyards has emerged as the Okanagan’s de facto flagship Riesling producer—and rightly so. For the last few years the winery operated out of the former Pinot Reach facility—a delightful, if somewhat rustic arrangement not entirely conducive to the [...]

Curt Garland takes Hester Creek Estate Winery to new heights

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:46+00:00 April 29th, 2010|Top Drops|

New owner Curt Garland and his team have transformed Hester Creek from a winery on the brink of oblivion to one of the Okanagan Valley’s up-and-comers Curt Garland says he wasn’t really looking to buy a winery.  The Prince George entrepreneur was thinking of an Okanagan Valley escape, maybe a five acre lot. [...]

Hired Belly’s Bucket List: 30+ Kiwi Wines You Won’t Want to Spit

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:46+00:00 April 21st, 2010|Belly's Budget Best, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops, Travel|

30+ Kiwi wines you won't want to spit Wine tastings can be a gruelling affair—especially when there are several hundred wines in the room. Spitting is a necessity—though not always easy. In November we visited almost all of the wineries who've come to Vancouver and were impressed above all by the consistency and [...]

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