Pairing 5 Wines from Upper Bench Winery with Blue Cheese

Did you know that Upper Bench Estate Winery in Penticton, BC also makes their own cheese?  A match made for any wine lover.  I knew, but hadn’t had the chance to try their cheese together with their wines. I was…

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…

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…