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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 [...]

Rediscovering Good Pub Food at Vancouver’s St. Regis Hotel

By |October 14th, 2010|

Recently we broke bread (and sipped some excellent '05 Burrowing Owl Cab) with Jeremy Roncoroni.  He’s the dynamo behind Vancouver’s St. Regis Hotel (602 Dunsmuir St., 604-681-1135), who’s been busy turning that property into one of the city’s most successful boutique business properties. How successful? You should check out what guests are saying [...]

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 [...]

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

By |September 16th, 2010|

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 |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, [...]

Red Wine and Fish? It All Depends …

By |August 15th, 2010|

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

By |June 9th, 2010|

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 [...]

No Time Like the Present to Perk Things Up with Pink

By |May 31st, 2010|

Why it's (always) the right time for BC rosé Meyer Family Vineyards (Naramata Bench) Rosé - Tim Pawsey photo Not long ago it was almost impossible to find a decent rosé around these parts. But that's all changed in recent years. Today, rosé is hotter than pink itself. What's driving the rosé revolution? [...]

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