BC wines Show Well at All Canadian Wine Championships

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:17+00:00 May 20th, 2014|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Wine|

A plethora of rosés It’s always interesting to see what pops out at the end of major competitions. And this past week’s All Canadian Wine Championships proved no exception. Fourteen judges from across Canada (plus one from Michigan) were hunkered down in cosy 100-year-old Angeline's hotel, in Bloomfield, Prince Edward County. It’s the [...]

Malbec World Day: Argentina’s Favourite Makes its Mark

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:18+00:00 April 11th, 2014|Wine|

Harvesting Malbec in Argentina's Uco Valley (Supplied) No doubt you’ve already marked your calendar for Malbec World Day, which you surely must know is April 17th. And, in case you haven’t guessed, this celebratory salute to Argentina’s favourite grape was dreamed up by, well , Argentina. Wracking my brains, I can’t recall any [...]

A Clutch of Valentine Wines

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:18+00:00 February 13th, 2014|Wine|

Haywire Pink Bub sets the mood Roses are red Violets are blue But what would you think If we drank only pink? The Hired Belly has been busy checking his Valentine 's shopping list, and pondering just which wines might be best to go along. We’re tempted to throw caution to the wind [...]

10 Fizzy Faves for the Holidays: Hired Belly’s Best Bubbles

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:20+00:00 December 14th, 2013|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Wine, Wine Reviews|

Champagne flutes await at Cornucopia Bubbles forever!    © Tim Pawsey photo  Over here at HB's swank, granite and glass adorned, soaring corporate HQ, we’ve been busy popping a few corks, drafting our list of go-to holiday bubbles. Sparkling wines (and Champagne for some a few  most occasions) are a must-have this time of year. [...]

The Must-Have Value List: 2014 Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:20+00:00 December 3rd, 2013|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Wine, Wine Reviews|

  The rosé flight. Every home should have one! I’m working on a redesign for hiredbelly.com wine recommendations, which will include all of the Belly’s Best selections as they run elsewhere. It’s time consuming but I think will be worth the wait and effort. In the meantime, here’s a link to the best [...]

Lake Sonoma Wines: Cross-Border Co-Pro Promises to Deliver

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:22+00:00 November 18th, 2013|Wine|

Tony Stewart and Dan Zepponi celebrate their latest joint venture, overlooking Lake Sonoma (image supplied) The other week I had a chance to catch up with Quails Gate CEO Tony Stewart. We’ve followed Quails Gate almost since day one, and can just about track every achievement made over the years—and there have been [...]

Good Tastes with Cono Sur winemaker Matias Rios at Nuba

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:23+00:00 October 26th, 2013|Belly's Budget Best, Sustainable, Wine|

  Matias Rios explains Cono Sur's new single vineyard range UPDATED: No thanks, not for wine, anyway! Last night I got a chance to re-taste the Cono Sur Viento Mar Block 21 Pinot Noir 2011 mentioned below. I'm sorry, I don't care how casual and 'friendly' they are, these kinds of [...]

5 Reasons Why You Should Check Out the New Marquis Wine Cellars (Video)

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:23+00:00 October 17th, 2013|Wine|

Marquis Wine Cellars: a sign of good wine! One of Vancouver's first private wine stores When John Clerides forged ahead with Marquis Wine Cellars in 1986 we were, truly, still in the dark ages of wine retailing in BC. Hear what he has to say about his 27 years in the wine biz—and [...]

Languedoc Rocks Vancouver By the Glass — Win a Wine Bar Crawl!*

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:23+00:00 October 12th, 2013|Belly's Best Bites, Wine|

    * Tweet or FaceBook a selfie in one of the four participating wine bars, featuring Languedoc wines (you can grab a coaster, or hold up your wineglass), post it with the hash tag #LanguedocVan, and enter to WIN one of four $100 Gift Certificates to one of the wine bars.   The Hired Belly [...]

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