Skaha Meets Sidecut: Painted Rock Rules at Four Seasons Whistler

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:37+00:00 November 15th, 2011|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops|

It’s entirely possible that the impressive Sidecut / Painted Rock 4 x 5 course winemaker dinner (that’ll be four courses each of five plates or accompaniments) that we enjoyed at just concluded Cornucopia entailed the most food we’ve seen at one sitting! Much like the winery with whom they partnered, it's apparent [...]

Winners announced for the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:39+00:00 July 5th, 2011|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops|

VICTORIA – The winners have been chosen for the 2011 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines. This year 309 wines were submitted from 83 wineries across the province. The winners are: • Howling Bluff Estate Winery 2009 Pinot Noir • Laughing Stock Vineyards 2010 Pinot Gris • Mt. Lehman Winery 2009 Viognier Reserve [...]

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 [...]

What Makes the Vancouver Playhouse Wine Festival So Special, Anyway?

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:41+00:00 March 24th, 2011|Top Drops|

Here at Hired Belly’s lavish corporate headquarters, we’re resting up in preparation for the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival (March 28-April 3)—one of the longest running and most successful wine events on the continent. If you live in Vancouver and drink wine but have never been (for shame!), there’s no time like the [...]

Of Tiles, Tunas and Touriga Naçional

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:42+00:00 November 18th, 2010|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops, Travel|

Citrus and vineyard at Quinta da Nespereira, Dao - Tim Pawsey photo Vineyard detail, tiles at Caves Sao Joao, Beiras - Tim Pawsey photo Just back from Portugal, and we’re playing serious catch-up! After a week of tasting a wide variety of sometimes unfamiliar table wine varieties—from Siria and Encruzada (whites) [...]

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