Howard Soon: “2012 is one of the Best Vintages We’ve Ever Had” (Video)

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:27+00:00 April 15th, 2013|Hired Belly's Best Wines|

Last week after the BC Wine Institute Vintage Preview, we asked Peller master winemaker Howard Soon for a few comments about his Sandhill Sauvignon Blanc, and the 2012 vintage...   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S0OWF2bMiQ   Here's our story from the North Shore News: ... What was interesting this time was that the viticulturalists were invited along to offer [...]

Nicolas Jaboulet Talks About Maison Nicolas Perrin Syrah-Viognier

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:28+00:00 February 27th, 2013|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Wine|

Here’s a quick clip (just over a minute) of Nicolas Jaboulet talking about his good value, (non-appellation) Vin de France - Maison Nicolas Perrin Syrah-Viognier 2011, made in partnership with the Perrin family: He explains what’s behind the blend and what each part contributes.  (Actually, I love the way he says “syrahviognier”, as if it’s all one word, as [...]

Eight Perky Sparklers to Get You in the Holiday Mood

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:30+00:00 December 17th, 2012|Belly's Budget Best, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Wine|

Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut Thinking of buying some bubbles in the next few days? You’re not alone. By far the majority of Champagne quaffed during the year is consumed during the holidays—and the same goes for sparkling wine. Here in the swank surroundings of Hired Belly corporate HQ, while we relish the taste [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Tasting Diversity – Speed dating wine-style with some of Chile’s best

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:36+00:00 March 7th, 2012|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops, Wine|

Another Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival done! But what an action packed week, with an amazing array of events, most of which went off without a hitch. Kudos to the tireless Playhouse team, to the legion of unsung volunteers who make this thing work, and especially to Wines of Chile, for truly raising the [...]

When the lens speaks louder

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:40+00:00 June 27th, 2011|Belly's Budget Best, Top Drops, Wine|

One of our few regrets, we never seem to have enough time to get the photograph we really want. Images are becoming even more crucial these days, especially in the more visually driven on-line world. We like this shot of winemakers Howard Soon and Stephanie Leinemann for any number of reasons, none the [...]

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