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Garnet Valley Ranch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir 2022

Garnet Valley Ranch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir 2022: Quality from Okanagan Crush PadPR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  July 13, 2024  0 Comments on Garnet Valley Ranch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir 2022: Quality from Okanagan Crush PadPR SAMPLE 

These are the first wines that I’ve tasted from BC’s Garnet Valley Ranch, made by Okanagan Crush Pad, and I am greatly impressed with the quality. Garnet Valley Ranch is a certified organic site, home to vineyards, field crops, a lavender farm, a bustling beehive and a small winery and The Outlook visitor center.  The area is planted primarily with…

Grilled prime rib burger paired with Mayhem Wines Cabernet Merlot 2022

A Burger Pairing with Mayhem Wines Cabernet Merlot 2022 on a Hot Summer DayPR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  July 10, 2024  0 Comments on A Burger Pairing with Mayhem Wines Cabernet Merlot 2022 on a Hot Summer DayPR SAMPLE 

It’s hot! Darn out outside.  No time to spend cooking inside.  Time for the BBQ.  I was thinking of grilling some prime rib beef burgers I recently purchased and enjoyed them with BC’s Mayhem Wines Cabernet Merlot 2022.  Let me tell you about the wine and then the pairing. My Wine Tasting Notes Mayhem Wines Cabernet Merlot 2022 (BC $24.44)…

Gérard Bertrand Le Chouchou 2023

Enjoy Gerard Bertrand Le Chouchou 2023 This SummerPR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  July 8, 2024  0 Comments on Enjoy Gerard Bertrand Le Chouchou 2023 This SummerPR SAMPLE 

Gérard Bertrand‘s Le Chouchou 2023 is the winery’s answer to new consumer trends, producing a light, fresh red wine.  It has low alcohol content and can be enjoyed at a cooler temperature.  It sits somewhere between a rosé and a fuller-bodied red wine, IMHO.  This wine is a blend of organic Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault grapes coming from Cevennes, Limoux,…

Township 7 Rose and Pinot Gris 2023 paired with seafood in coconut cream on wild rice

Pairing Wine With Seafood? Take This Delicious Quiz.

 mywinepal  July 6, 2024  0 Comments on Pairing Wine With Seafood? Take This Delicious Quiz.

Pairing wine with seafood is an art that enhances the dining experience by harmonizing flavours and textures. When done well, the right wine can accentuate the delicate sweetness of seafood or balance its richness, creating a symphony of tastes on the palate. The acidity of the wine can refresh the palate between bites, while its fruitiness can complement the natural…

Mayhem Wines Pinot Gris 2023 and Sauvignon Blanc 2023

Enjoying Mayhem Wines Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc 2023PR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  July 2, 2024  0 Comments on Enjoying Mayhem Wines Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc 2023PR SAMPLE 

With the Canada Day long weekend, it was fitting to enjoy some BC wine.  I have two bottles of white wine from Mayhem Wines to tell you about; the Mayhem Wines Pinot Gris 2023 and Sauvignon Blanc 2023.    2023 was a challenging year in the Okanagan due to the cold winter snap that adversely affected the grape vines and…

Picnic and Bubbles

Picnic Pairing Suggestions With Champagne

 mywinepal  June 30, 2024  2 Comments on Picnic Pairing Suggestions With Champagne

This post came in my email from the Comité Champagne and I thought I would pass along this information on which style of Champagne to pair with your picnic dishes. Also great timing for Canada Day. Enjoy. ~~~~~ From the café culture of Paris to year-round patio suppers in Provence, the French have perfected the art of enjoying food and…

Township 7 Rose and Pinot Gris 2023 paired with seafood in coconut cream on wild rice

Pairing Township 7’s Rosé and Pinot Gris 2023 with BC SeafoodPR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  June 26, 2024  0 Comments on Pairing Township 7’s Rosé and Pinot Gris 2023 with BC SeafoodPR SAMPLE 

Summer is the time to enjoy BC seafood and BC wine together on your patio with your friends.  That is exactly what I did with Township 7’s Provenance Series Rosé and Pinot Gris 2023.  In general rosé and Pinot Gris wines tend to be fresh and best enjoyed upon opening, without decanting.  For these tasting notes, that is just what…

Jupiter's Blood book cover

Book Review: Jupiter’s Blood by Steven Laine

 mywinepal  June 25, 2024  0 Comments on Book Review: Jupiter’s Blood by Steven Laine

Jupiter’s Blood novel by Steven Laine Steven Laine is a fiction writer with WSET III, FWS, IWS, SWS, CWS, and Champagne Academy credentials.  For the 2020 harvest, Steven worked as a harvest cellarman for three months with the winemakers at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery in BC.  His novels revolve around some aspect of wine.  In his previous novel, Dragonvine,…

CVNE red wines from Rioja

Are You a Rioja Wine Fan? Take The Quiz.

 mywinepal  June 23, 2024  0 Comments on Are You a Rioja Wine Fan? Take The Quiz.

The history of Rioja wine is as rich as its flavour. Nestled in the northern region of Spain, Rioja’s winemaking tradition dates back centuries, with evidence of grape cultivation and wine production tracing back to the Roman Empire. However, it wasn’t until the 19th century that Rioja began to gain international recognition, thanks to advancements in winemaking techniques and the…

Five Chardonnay from around the world

Exploring Chardonnay: A Global Comparison

 mywinepal  June 21, 2024  0 Comments on Exploring Chardonnay: A Global Comparison

When I was in University many years ago, I purchased a bottle of Maison Louis Latour Chardonnay, that was on their entry-level scale.  That wine sparked my interest in French wine.  In some “New World” regions, Chardonnay has been more recently planted, while other locations have had Chardonnay vines for over 100 years.  Over time, through the wine trade’s many…