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.
Some people are very price-sensitive, while others have near unlimited budgets. There is good wine at all price points and for red/white/sparkling/fortified wines. I want to help find these wines for you, and post them on MyWinePal.
Who is MyWinePal?
MyWinePal was started by Karl Kliparchuk. I have been the president of the South World Wine Society in Vancouver, BC since 2003 and an executive member since 2002, but now retired from that post so that I can spend more time on MyWinePal. The inaugural South World Wine Society tasting was held on February 17, 2000. Ever since, the SWWS has showcased the wines of Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa. By being part of this Society, I attend many Trade events, trying wines that are not yet available to the general public, as well as wines just coming to market. I also have made wonderful relationships with agents and consulates here in Vancouver. I also helped bring in guest speakers from the wine Trade, hosted our events, wrote reviews and managed the SWWS website, and lead some tastings. I have worked for the Mark Anthony Group, which represents the Mission Hill Estate Wines, Ganton and Larsen Prospect Winery, and Sonora Ranch, to name a few.
I also have taken the internationally recognized wine education courses offered by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET). The UK-based WSET is recognized as the pre-eminent professional wine and spirit educational institute and is the gold standard in wine education. I have passed the WSET Foundation, Intermediate, and Advanced certificate courses. With the Advanced course, I received a “Pass with Distinction“, which is the highest level for this particular certificate. I am serious about wine and love to share my experience with you.
I also have the “Rioja Wine Diploma“, certified by the Control Board of the DOCa Rioja, and the Wines of British Columbia Ambassador Level One certification.
My expertise is in southern hemisphere wines, and wines from British Columbia (Okanagan). I am increasing my knowledge of wines from Washington, Oregon, and California to give you better advice and insights to the wines from these regions. I love French, Italian, and Spanish wines.
What Others Have Said About MyWinePal
I am glad to have met many people that have become friends in the food, wine, and travel trade here in BC and beyond. One of my friends, Richard Wolak, aka @vanfoodster talked about my wine curation abilities on The Best and the Foodiest on CKNW January 27, 2015 Part 1 Give it a listen, and if you need help with organizing your wine at your restaurant, or you want to build a small collection at home, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
From Norma Rosenthal, Public Relations & Marketing, Freelance Writing, Wine Columnist
“Karl is one of the most knowledgeable, skilled and well informed writers that I have worked with. His passion for wine, food and travel is clearly reflected in the articles he produces.”
Dana Lee Harris from Dana Lee Consulting Ltd. says
“I have known Karl for many years and he truly loves tasting wine and sharing his knowledge. He takes the process of tasting wine very seriously and it shows in the depth that he covers in his articles. He comes prepared to interviews with wine makers, showing them he is interested in them, and they respond in kind. I recommend Karl not only for his skills as a wine reviewer, but as an individual who has experience meeting with wine makers and visiting wineries to learn more about them.”
My First Wine Article
Fortunately with the Internet, there is an archive of most, or all, of the web pages in the world. I checked the wayback website and found what I think is the first wine article that I wrote and published online. It was a Pinotage tasting that was held with the South World Wine Society here in Vancouver in February 2003. Below is the text from the article, or if you would like to see the link to the article with pictures you can click here.
Here are some links to interesting wine-related websites. If you have some favorite sites, please let us know and we will add them in over time. Cheers.
I do enjoy helping others, and have assisted The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC and Yukon Branch with their Wine Wall for their Annual Kidney Gala in the past.