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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? [...]

Why it Makes Sense to Toast the World Cup with Wines of South Africa

By |May 29th, 2010|

(Besides the fact they’re just darn tasty drops...) By the time June is over, you’ll know two things, for sure. 1. Soccer is the world’s game—played by more people on this planet than any other. 2. South Africa is a complex and fascinating nation, that’s overcome incredible odds, whose time has truly come. [...]

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 [...]

Blossoming Similkameen: A Fledgeling BC Wine Region Spreads its Wings

By |May 7th, 2010|

Similkameen Valley and Cawston from the Fairview Road, Tim Pawsey photo CAWSTON, B.C.--A sleepy backwater defined by its namesake river and towering peaks, the Similkameen Valley delights in its quiet, rural character that sets it apart from the Okanagan at large. At least since the last gold rush, farming is a mainstay. What's [...]

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

By |April 21st, 2010|

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 [...]

The Okanagan Wine Tour Guide: Don’t Leave Home Without It!

By |April 18th, 2010|

—John Schreiner’s latest Okanagan wine guide If anyone’s even thinking about opening a new winery in BC, chances are John Schreiner knows about it. Schreiner’s Okanagan Wine Tour Guide—edition no. 3—comes out May 1 (Whitecap $19.99). If you’re serious about keeping up with BC’s ever changing wine scene, it’s a ‘must have.’ We’ve known and [...]

Bao Bei, Vancouver: Small Plates as ‘Petits Plats Chinois’

By |April 15th, 2010|

Steak tartar like never before Vancouver’s Chinatown has fallen on rough times these last few years, its once unique shopping eclipsed by Richmond’s glitzy malls. Even our foraging finds us more often at T&T’s live seafood bar than the eminently more interesting fishmongers on Gore and Pender. Until now, with the exception perhaps [...]

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