What Makes the Vancouver Playhouse Wine Festival So Special, Anyway?

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:41+00:00 March 24th, 2011|Top Drops|

Here at Hired Belly’s lavish corporate headquarters, we’re resting up in preparation for the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival (March 28-April 3)—one of the longest running and most successful wine events on the continent. If you live in Vancouver and drink wine but have never been (for shame!), there’s no time like the [...]

B.C. Wines: Unsung Players in Rise of Vancouver’s Culinary Scene

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:42+00:00 January 9th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Top Drops|

As you can see from elsewhere here, and from the crescendo this week of the on-line buzz surrounding the live launch of this year's 200 plus menus, Dine Out Vancouver has more than earned its place as the country's biggest restaurant promo of its kind. Now while you will hear plenty about deals on meals, [...]

Looking Back at 20 Years with Okanagan’s Blue Mountain Vineyards

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:44+00:00 September 16th, 2010|Uncategorized|

This fall sees numerous events to mark the 20th anniversary of Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA)—BC’s AOC-styled origin system. Along with the 1988 US-Canada Free Trade Agreement, it was, arguably, the turning point for an industry far too long dependent on bulk wine imports and labeling mis-truths—even if those not so little annoyances still [...]

Canadian Wine Marketer Christine Coletta Unveils her Own Wine

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:44+00:00 August 16th, 2010|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops|

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, [...]

Red Wine and Fish? It All Depends …

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:44+00:00 August 15th, 2010|Dining|

Fishworks halibut started out well with Stag'sHollow Viognier Marsanne, but the best match might just surprise you - Tim Pawsey photo This week we managed to get our hands on a sizeable, freshly caught Robson Bight Sockeye, which has already served us deliciously well. As we were busy butchering and deboning we found [...]

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 [...]

Hear BC Winegrowers John and Lynn Bremmer on BC’s Wine History

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:46+00:00 April 27th, 2010|Uncategorized|

“When the hybrids were gone and vinifera started producing ... the government started smiling ... and wine-writers started writing things like, ‘It’s OK!’"   —John Bremmer South Okanagan Banée honorees John and Lynn Bremmer don’t hold back as they talk about the birth of the modern BC wine industry: Topics include: the days of [...]

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