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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.

Interviewing Terroir Hunter Pedro Parra from Chile at VanWineFest 2017

Who is Pedro Parra? A French-educated Chilean, who looks at the definition of terroir through the use of modern scientific techniques.  The Old World has many hundreds of years to experiment, but in the New World, we do not have luxury.…

Interviewing Wine Maker Randy Picton from Nk’Mip at VanWineFest 2017

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Who is Randy Picton? Randy Picton is the head wine maker at Nk’Mip Cellars, the first Aboriginal-owned winery in North America.  How did he get this position?  What did he do and which winery did he work at before moving…

Interviewing Wine Maker Bruce Nicholson from Inniskillin at VanWineFest 2017

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Who is Bruce Nicholson? Bruce Nicholson joined Inniskillin Wines, Niagara-on-the-Lake as Wine maker on January 1, 2007, after working for 20 years in the Okanagan where he was the first wine maker, and then became the Senior Winemaker for Jackson-Triggs…

VanWineFest 2017 – 15 Wine Picks from Around the World

Beside the theme country every year in the Festival Tasting room of the Vancouver International Wine Festival, there are all the other wineries from countries around the world offering their wines for you to try.  Below are 15 wines that I…

GrapeJuice Wine Auction 2017 – Get Your Tickets!

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Where, When and How Much is a Ticket? Wednesday, April 26, 2017  from  5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Aston Martin Vancouver & Bentley Vancouver 1770 Burrard Street, Vancouver $125 per ticket BUY TICKETS TODAY Want to change a girl’s life?…

Bodega Garzón – More Than Tannat From Uruguay

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When someone mentions wine from Uruguay, there is usually one of two responses: I don’t like Tannat, it’s too tannic, Uruguay makes wine? Bodega Garzón  from Uruguay hopes to wipe out both of these responses by bringing their wines to you…

VanWineFest 2017 – Celebrating California Cabs

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Cabernet Sauvignon is the “King” in California. In our Celebrating California Cabs seminar we had a chance to experience the “Dream Vintages” of 2012, 2013 and 2014. And as you will see, I have rated all these wines very highly.  When you have wines…

VanWineFest 2017 – Heartbreak & Backache Seminar Part 2

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In Part 1 of this article, I covered the comments and insights of wine makers and hands-on owners in BC, Ontario, and Germany on the heartbreak and backache from growing and making wine from the Riesling and Pinot Noir grapes.…