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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? [...]

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

By |May 21st, 2010|

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 [...]

Why You Should Visit the New Gray Monk Winery & Get the Tee Shirt Too

By |May 16th, 2010|

I used to get corked - now I'm screwed! Gray Monk's ingenious expansion brings a whole new dimension - Tim Pawsey photo (Updated, see below) We weren't there at the very beginning, when, in 1972, George and Trudy Heiss were among the first to envision the Okanagan Valley's potential as a serious wine [...]

Former Vincor CEO Don Triggs & Elaine Triggs Move Up on Okanagan Winery

By |May 12th, 2010|

Don and Elaine Triggs: busy planting their Golden Mile vineyards - Tim Pawsey photo Newest vineyard above Golden Mile is one of the South Okanagan's highest yet It’s just over four years since then Vincor CEO Don Triggs concluded the deal that saw the company sold to global wine giant Constellation. While Triggs [...]

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