Author: mywinepal

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. Food also loves wine so I also cover food and wine pairings, restaurant reviews, and world travel. Enjoy life with me. 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 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.

Tasting BC Wine in the Winemaker’s CUT Virtual Tasting Room

Michal Mosny from Winemaker's CUT welcoming guests

“Necessity is the mother of invention” is a well-known proverb.  Over the last year, COVID has forced us to be inventive in some ways in the ways that we live our lives.  This too is true for BC wineries. There…

Book Review: Malbec, A Tumultuous Wine Journey from Woe to WOW by Vanda Jackson

Malbec, A Tumultuous Wine Journey from Woe to WOW by Vanda Jackson

April 17 was World Malbec Day, and coincidentally a few days prior, I received a copy of “Malbec, A Tumultuous Wine Journey from Woe to WOW” by Vanda Jackson. Vanda, a Canadian from Nova Scotia, is a journalist by training…

Tightrope Winery & Vineyard is the First Certified Member of Sustainable Winegrowing BC

Tightrope Winery Assortment of wines

As part of Earth Day, I received this press release from Tightrope Winery & Vineyard that they are the first certified member of Sustainable Winegrowing BC.  Congratulations.  I hope that many more BC wineries are able to be certified as…

Organic Cabernet Sauvignon or Franc for Your Pleasure from Summerhill

Summerhill Pyramid Winery Organic Cabernet Franc 2018 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

I have two organic Cabernet wines for you from Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna. I received their 2019 Organic Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2018 Organic Cabernet Franc to taste and review. The wines after being made were aged for some…

2 Inaugural Biodynamic White Wines from Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Summerhill Pyramid Winery Estate Grown Biodynamic Muscat and Chardonnay 2020

After interviewing Ezra Cipes from Summerhill Pyramid Winery about the inaugural release of their Biodynamic 2020 Muscat and Chardonnay wines, I was very excited to receive these wines to taste and review for you. The grapes come from their estate…

Fraser Valley Locals, Enjoy a Picnic at Singletree Winery!

Singletree Winery Picnic Area (Photo Credit @winebcdotcom)

Fraser Valley locals looking for ways to enjoy the sun this weekend can do so safely at Singletree Winery in Abbotsford. With careful attention to their land, the Etsell family, owners of Singletree, are committed to showcasing the best of British Columbia:…

My Interview with Skip Stothert from Coolshanagh – Inspired by Burgundy

Skip Stothert from Coolshanagh and Karl MyWinePal

To follow up on my tasting notes for the Coolshanagh Chardonnay 2017, I had a chance to interview Skip Stothert, owner, about some of the history of this winery and how COVID has affected them.  Enjoy. My Interview with Skip…

Alexander Keith’s 18 Year Old Single Malt Whisky Released By Glenora Distilleries

Alexander Keith’s 18 Year Old Single Malt Whisky

Are you a beer drinker? And a whisky drinker?  Did you know that whisky starts off by fermenting grains (just like beer) to release sugars that yeasts will eventually convert into alcohol? The Nova Scotian Alexander Keith’s brewery is best…

Earth Day April 22, Climate Change, and Champagne’s Adaptations

Earth from Space (Image courtesy NASA)

Did you know that Thursday, April 22, is Earth Day?  There are many environmental and climate challenges for us to overcome to help the earth’s biosphere become healthier.  Wineries from around the world are doing their part to help.  The…