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Drink Good Wine. That is my motto and I really want to help you drink good wine. What is good wine? That can be a different thing for each people. Some people prefer red wines. Some only like Cabernet Sauvignon. MyWinePal was started by Karl Kliparchuk, WSET. I spent many years with the South World Wine Society as the President and then cellar master. I met many great wine makers. I love to travel around the world, visiting wine regions and sharing my passion for food & wine with you. Come live vicariously through me, and enjoy all my recommended wines.

Spring Has Arrived at Road 13 Vineyards – Upcoming Events and More

Road 13 logo

As Spring has sprung, Road 13 Vineyards and other wineries in BC will be opening their tasting rooms to the public.  Below is a press release from Road 13 Vineyards about their various tastings and other upcoming events.  Enjoy! ~~~…

TWB-The Wine Bar & Provence Marinaside Pop the Cork on New Bubbly Program

TWB The Wine Bar

Who doesn’t like a bottle of bubbles?  BC makes some very nice bubble; thinking about Summerhill, Blue Mountain, Stoneboat, Bella, and many others.  But besides BC, there is lots of bubble from around the world to appreciate.  We all think…

What’s Special About April 17? Think Malbec.

Malbec grapes

According to Wikipedia, “Malbec World Day is celebrated on April 17, to commemorate the day when president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento of Argentina officially made it his mission to transform Argentina’s wine industry. On that day, back in 1853, he tasked…

The Good and Not Quite So of German Wines in BC

Three Rieslings and a Pinot Gris from Germany

Germany is well-known for their Riesling wines, but they also produce Pinot Noir, which they call Spätburgunder, and other varieties, such as Pinot Gris, Müller Thurgau, and more.  I decided to check into how many, and what types of German wines…

VanWineFest 2017 – It’s a Wrap. All My Posts for You.

Discover the Wines of Canada

Canada should be proud of its recent wine history.  We started getting serious about vitis vinifera in the 1970s.  BC and Ontario started growing wine grapes and producing wines.  Nova Scotia and Quebec have followed, and I heard, but have…

VanWineFest 2017 – The 2020 Vision & Declaration for an Organic Okanagan Valley in BC

Organic Okanagan

We all can agree that BC’s Okanagan Valley is a special place.  Some of the things noted by winebc.org about the Okanagan Valley is “The Okanagan Valley lies in a rain shadow, between the Coastal and Monashee mountain ranges. This…

Interviewing Winery Owner Christa-Lee McWatters-Bond from Evolve Cellars at VanWineFest 2017

Karl MyWinePal with Christa-Lee McWatters-Bond at the Vancouver International Wine Festival

Who is Christa-Lee McWatters-Bond from Evolve Cellars? From the Evolve Cellars website, “Christa-Lee has been part of the BC wine industry since birth. Growing up as the daughter of BC wine ambassador Harry McWatters instilled in her a true appreciation for…