Author: 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. Food also loves wine so I also cover food and wine pairings and restaurant reviews. 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 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.

Pairing Maison Ogier’s Wines with BC Cuisine at Provence Marinaside

Ogier wine with seared duck breast at Provence Marinaside

In my previous article about Maison Ogier and their wines from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, I told you about the four different soil types and their effects on the grapes’ flavours in the wines.  In this article, I take you through tasting some…

Olivier Humbrecht MW joins Phantom Creek Estates as Consultant

Phantom Creek Estates

This press release came to my inbox today.  I was quite surprised.  It is quite a feat to collaborate with Oliver Humbrecht from Domaine Zind-Humbrecht.  They make amazing wines in Alsace.  I tried to get a tour of the winery…

Learning about Chateauneuf-du-Pape from the Wines of Maison Ogier

The Ogier Expression de Terroir Wines in glasses

What do you know about Chateauneuf-du-Pape?  How many grape varieties are permitted in the blend?  How many soil types are there in Chateauneuf-du-Pape?  Raphael Pommier, an Associate Winemaker at Maison Ogier, spoke to us about the history of the winery and…

Getting on Track for Spring and Summer with Road 13 Vineyards

2017 was an interesting vintage in the Okanagan in my opinion, with the cool, wet Spring, followed by the forest fires and smoke that started in June and went through most of the summer.  I was worried about smoke taint…

May Wine and Beer Events at the BC Liquor Stores

BC Liquor Stores e-news

Here is your inside track to some of the upcoming events in May. Summer is here! We have a variety of exciting events in our stores this month. BC Liquor Stores will be presenting the highly anticipated 2014 California Wine Release. PARK…

3 BC Pinot Noirs: More Farm Friends Wines For You

3 BC Pinot Noirs for Farm Friends

With Kinder Morgan considering their decision to continue with their oil pipeline to the Vancouver Lower Mainland to be made by May 31, 2018, the rhetoric between the Alberta and BC governments has ramped up.  In February, the Alberta government…

The Okanagan Wine Initiative Members Set to Collaborate and Raise Profile

The Okanagan Wine Initiative Logo

Big news today in the BC wine industry, with seven BC wineries joining together to form “The Okanagan Wine Initiative” to “…drive one-another to excel and adopt best business practices and to help elevate the identity of the Okanagan as…

10 BC Sparkling and White Wines for You to Enjoy This Summer

Naramata Bench Wineries Association banner

The Naramata Bench is located on the east side of Lake Okanagan as you drive north from Penticton.  It is a very scenic 14 km drive overlooking the water and vineyards, home to a group of twenty-four award-winning wineries forming…