Similkameen Valley’s Little Farm Winery Rolls Out First Releases

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:32+00:00 October 12th, 2012|Hired Belly's Best Wines|

LittleFarm's Rhys Pender and Alishan Driediger Planting your own vineyard requires healthy doses of optimism, a ton of knowledge, unbridled passion and not a little cash, regardless of how big—or small—the project. Making your own wine, even more. This week we got to taste the first release from Similkameen’s aptly named Little Farm [...]

BC White Blends Gather Steam: Terravista Figaro & Fandango

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:33+00:00 August 27th, 2012|Hired Belly's Best Wines|

Terravista Vineyards Figaro label portrays a dancing, glass art figurine—and captures the essence of these vibrant blends One of the more intriguing winners in this year’s Lieutenant Governor Awards line-up is the well crafted, southern Rhone inspired Road 13 Jackpot White 2011, which artfully blends Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne (mainly from Similkameen) for [...]

Feast of Fields: Today More Relevant Than Ever to Local Food Production

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:33+00:00 August 23rd, 2012|Beer, Belly's Best Bites|

  FarmFolk CityFolk is one of BC's longest established proponents of locally grown food Food and wine celebrations come and go but one of the longest running—unquestionably because its very telling relevance continues to resonate—is Feast of Fields, the notable outdoor graze that now unfolds in three incarnations: Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island and [...]

Taste Victoria Yields no Shortage of (Good) Surprises

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:33+00:00 July 21st, 2012|Travel|

Rocky Creek’s Linda Holford with José’s Tempranillo, Tim Pawsey photo One thing about Taste Victoria: we never fail to be surprised by something or someone. Often the finds are wonderfully esoteric but usually worthwhile. These are tough times for growers on Vancouver Island—of grapes, or of just about anything. Two unseasonably wet, late [...]

White Spot Celebrates Grown in BC—Both on the Plate and in the Glass

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:33+00:00 July 15th, 2012|Belly's Best Bites|

Been a bit churlish, we have, of late towards BC’s beloved burger-monger and family resto chain White Spot—due mainly to the presence of its large chicken mascot on BC Ferries the other weekend. (White Spot supplies a portion of BC Ferries food requirements...) Somebody in the Twitterverse took offence when we suggested (in jest) the [...]

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