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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…

Whispering Angel Rose label

A Gift From Provence, France: Rosé Wines

 mywinepal  June 19, 2024  0 Comments on A Gift From Provence, France: Rosé Wines

Rosé wine, with its delicate hue and refreshing taste, has captured the hearts of wine enthusiasts worldwide.  According to statistics, I read that rosé wine consumption tripled since 1990. Vins de Provence exported nearly 62 million bottles in 2022 with the USA, buying up 37% of the total quantity sold.  I am not sure of the quantity sold in Canada,…

Haywire Wines Pinot Noir 2022 and Naramata Bench King Family Vineyard Merlot 2022

Drink Red for Summer with Haywire Wines Pinot Noir and Merlot 2022PR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  June 15, 2024  0 Comments on Drink Red for Summer with Haywire Wines Pinot Noir and Merlot 2022PR SAMPLE 

I’ve been talking about white and rosé wines lately, but we should not forget about enjoying red wines over the summary.  I have two Okanagan red wines from Haywire Wines to tell you about.  I received their Haywire Wines Pinot Noir 2022 and Haywire Wines Naramata Bench King Family Vineyard Merlot 2022 to review.  The grapes are organically grown and…

Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2017 with wine in glass

Whites and Rosés Wines of Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages AOCs for the Summer

 mywinepal  June 12, 2024  0 Comments on Whites and Rosés Wines of Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages AOCs for the Summer

We are now enjoying nicer summer weather.  It’s time to get out onto the patio and enjoy some rosé and white wines. While you may think of Rhône wines as being Syrah or red blends, this region also produces white and rosé wines.  Here is a press release I received talking about these Rhône wines. ~~~~~~~~~ This summer, treat yourself…

Viña Chocalán Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2021 and Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

A Chilean Red and White Wine by Vina Chocalan for Your Summer PleasurePR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  June 10, 2024  0 Comments on A Chilean Red and White Wine by Vina Chocalan for Your Summer PleasurePR SAMPLE 

One of the newer winemaking families in Chile is the Toro family located in the Maipo and the San Antonio Valley.  They bought their first vineyard in 1998 and made their first wine in 2001 under the label Viña Chocalán. Chocalán is the indigenous word for the yellow blossoms from a shrub that blooms in the area. I received two…

Nostalgia Wines Kerner 2020

Exploring the Kerner Grape: It’s History and Growth in British Columbia Wineries

 mywinepal  June 8, 2024  0 Comments on Exploring the Kerner Grape: It’s History and Growth in British Columbia Wineries

In two previous articles, I covered two red grape varieties that are grown in BC, but are not well-known; Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt.  We also do make some interesting white wines with relatively unknown varieties. I would like to introduce you to the Kerner grape. Let’s delve into the story behind the Kerner grape, and its aromatic profile, and discover the…

Haywire Winery King Family Vineyard Pinot Gris 2022 and Okanagan Valley Chardonnay 2022

Quick Review: BC’s Haywire Winery Organic Pinot Gris and Chardonnay 2022PR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  June 5, 2024  0 Comments on Quick Review: BC’s Haywire Winery Organic Pinot Gris and Chardonnay 2022PR SAMPLE 

If you are searching for a BC wine that is vegan-friendly, made using organically-grown grapes, and fermented with indigenous yeasts in neutral vessels like stainless steel, amphora, and concrete, then you should try Okanagan’s Haywire Winery‘s wines.  I have two white wines to tell you about today from Haywire.  Their Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, are both 2022 vintage, made by…

Kalala Organic Estate Winery Zweigelt 2018 with wine in glass

Zweigelt: Another Lesser Known Red Wine Gem in BC

 mywinepal  June 3, 2024  0 Comments on Zweigelt: Another Lesser Known Red Wine Gem in BC

Zweigelt is a red grape that while not as obscure as the Blaufränkisch grape I wrote about earlier, is still relatively unknown in BC.  Only 0.7% of red grapes grown in BC are from Zweigelt.  This is a versatile and vibrant red grape variety, that is a cornerstone of Austrian viticulture. Named after its creator, Dr. Fritz Zweigelt, this grape…

Mt. Boucherie Blaufrankisch 2017 label

Exploring Blaufränkisch: A Hidden Gem in British Columbia

 mywinepal  May 31, 2024  2 Comments on Exploring Blaufränkisch: A Hidden Gem in British Columbia

Nestled among the vineyards of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley lies a grape variety quietly making waves in the wine world – Blaufränkisch. Blaufränkisch, also known as Lemberger, traces its roots back to Central Europe, particularly Austria and Hungary. The grape is believed to have originated in the region of Lower Styria, now part of Slovenia, before spreading to neighbouring countries….