Author Archive for mywinepal

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.

VanWineFest 2017 – Heartbreak & Backache Seminar Part 1

Heartache and backache wine flight

In this seminar at the Vancouver International Wine Festival we had a panel of distinguished wine makers and hands-on owners share their stories and insights on Riesling and Pinot Noir, two notorious cool-climate grapes famed for breaking backs in the…

VanWineFest 2017 – A Culmination of Flavours Dinner

Culmina Family Estate Winery is owned and run by Don and Elaine Triggs, and their daughter Sara.  An Okanagan winery located on the Golden Mile Bench.  Don Triggs’ is known for co-founding the Jackson Triggs Winery that we have here in…

Win 2 Tickets to Thursday Night’s International Festival Tasting Contest

The contest is now over.  We have a winner.  Congratulations Irene @i_on_food_drink. Are you ready for a contest to win 2 tickets to the Vancouver International Wine Festival‘s Thursday night International Festival Tasting in the convention centre downtown (Feb 16)?  The…

Quick Review: Arrowleaf Solstice Pinot Gris 2015

Arrowleaf Solstice Pinot Gris 2015 with wine in glass

Arrowleaf Cellars is located in Lake Country (north Okanagan).  It’s a family run business by Joe and Margrit Zuppiger and their son, Manuel Zuppiger, who immigrated to Canada from Switzerland in 1986.  The winery officially opened it’s doors in 2003.  I have enjoyed…

Put this Rhône Festival on Your Bucket List – For the Wine Trade

Découvertes en Vallée du Rhône

Rhone, there is so much to discover, from scintillating Syrah, to ripe summer fruits from Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne, to full-bodied, ripe red and black fruit blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  I’ve travelled twice to France and both times I stopped in…

Tip Your Glass with Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery at the Vancouver International Wine Fest 2017

Noble Ridge logo

Our Story Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery lays in the Okanagan Valley at the northern most tip of the only desert in Canada. The winery is named for the noble varieties of grapes grown and the ridge that divides the…

A Sumptuous Bordeaux Winery Dinner with Chateau de Lamarque

Who is Chateau de Lamarque? A winery with a long history in Bordeaux.  From the Chateau de Lamarque website, “…The feudal lord of Lamarque (the step) was so named because it was situated on the border of Guyenne. Along with…