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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.

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…

Enjoy the Wines of Sperling Vineyards at the Vancouver International Wine Fest 2017

Sperling Vineyards logo

A Look at the Past Sperling Vineyards, in Kelowna, BC, has been four generations in the making: 1860s – land is cleared, settled and farm established by Giovanni & Rosa Casorso 1920s – vines are planted and vineyard established by…

Quick Review: Bodega Norton Barrel Select Sauvignon Blanc

When you think of Argentinean wine, you probably think of Malbec for red and Torrontes for white.  Some of you may also mention Bonarda.  But how about Sauvignon Blanc?  Bodega Norton has produced a partially barrel fermented (in French oak)…

VanWineFest Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction – Get Your Tickets

Chateau Petrus

One of the highlights of the Vancouver International Wine Festival is the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner and Auction.  Beyond the amazing food and wine that you will eat and drink, there is an auction of wines that will make your jaw…

Flavours of Okanagan Falls Dinner – Get Your Ticket

Okanagan Falls Dinner

Okanagan Falls I think is a sweet spot for grape growing and wine production.  There are several wineries in Okanagan Falls that make wines I really enjoy.  Below is an announcement for a wineries dinner in Okanagan Falls.  The dinner…

9 Wines You Should Try at the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2017

Needle in a haystack courtesy t_buchtele

Do you know how many wines will be presented at the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2017 Tasting Room?  Around 800.  Picking wines you really would like to try in your 3 hours of wine tasting would be like finding a needle…

Celebrating the Year of the Rooster for Chinese New Year with Wine

Chinese New Year Rooster 2017

Chinese New Year Day of the Rooster is on January 28, 2017. It is also known as the Female Fire Chicken year. Red is connected to the fire in Chinese tradition.  According to chinesefortunecalendar.com, “…Chicken is a Female Metal. Female Metal is…

Which Wine Stars Can You Meet at Vancouver International Wine Fest 2017?

One of the great things about the Vancouver International Wine Festival is that in the big Festival Tasting Room at the Conference Centre is that you can meet a winery principal and talk to him or her about their wines.…