Why is this man smiling?

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:35+00:00 May 16th, 2012|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Wine|

Because he always is!  I like this pic of Peller / Sandhill / Calona winemaker guru Howard Soon. It was just a quick snap, taken at a recent BC Wine tasting. But it shows you exactly the way Howard is: always there with something interesting to say and usually with a positive spin. [...]

In Vancouver’s Yaletown, this Newbie Pig is Really Flying

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:38+00:00 October 30th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Ocean Wise, Wine|

The Flying Pig's skirt steak—the real deal, Tim Pawsey photo It just goes to show; you can never know what to expect on a Vancouver Monday night. One recent, still dry October soirée, you could have fired a proverbial cannon down most of Yaletown’s narrow streets, so who knew that we’d only just [...]

Okanagan Winery Helps Hatch a Bird of a Different Feather: Napa’s Plume is More Than Just Plucky

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:38+00:00 October 12th, 2011|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Wine|

Two long established wine families have reached across the border to produce a new Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The Stewart family, which owns Quails Gate Winery in Westbank, BC, and the Zepponi family of Sonoma, California, have a history of similar if distant beginnings, in that their forebears settled and started farming at around the [...]

Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek Winery: Raising the Bar on Okanagan Dining

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:41+00:00 April 18th, 2011|Top Drops, Travel|

We finally made it to recently unveiled Miradoro, the new restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, in Oliver, BC. We’ve been watching the progress (admittedly, slow at times) of this latest South Okanagan addition with interest, in part because it’s a collaboration between our long-time friends Manuel Ferreira (who owns Vancouver’s Le Gavroche) and Ken [...]

Play it Sam! Languedoc Helps Vancouver’s Hollywood Turn 75

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:44+00:00 October 23rd, 2010|Belly's Budget Best, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops|

Last night we went to one of the more interesting wine tastings we’ve attended in recent times. The occasion was a 75th anniversary pre-screening reception, before a Hollywood Theatre double bill featuring The American and Casablanca. When we arrived, the compact and cozy lobby was packed with people enthusiastically tasting a selection of AOC wines [...]

Playing by the (Aussie) Rules: A pre-H*l*d*y Bundle of Value Wines

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:44+00:00 September 26th, 2010|Belly's Budget Best, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops|

Around this time of year, wine tastings happen with increasing velocity, as every country-winery-region-producer-importer wants to pour their prized elixir for media—or even for real wine buyers—during the crucial pre-holiday buying period. Every now and then, one comes along that leaves a lasting impression, such as this past week’s Wine Australia extravaganza in [...]

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