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.

Wines from Around The World – The Latest from the IVSA

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From the Fall through Spring, the Import Vintners & Spirits Association (IVSA) hosts a regular tasting of importers latest wines, beer and spirits.  The kick-off for the fall was last week, and it was very busy.  Again too many wines…

An Excellent Portfolio Tasting with Select Wines & Spirits

I was happy to be invited for the second year in a row to the Select Wines & Spirits’ Annual Portfolio Tasting, held at the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.  Last year I found several gems that I passed along…

Enjoying My Le Vieux Pin Equinoxe Master Class

I always appreciate seminars held with winemakers and winery principals to discuss their wines.  In this case, it was with winemaker Severine Pinte and General Manager Rasoul Salehi from Le Vieux Pin in the Chateau Belair Boardroom of the Sutton…

Oregon Takes Vancouver 2012 – Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and More!

Probably many of us know little about Oregon wineries, unless we are a pinot lover.  It is a very nice place to visit, with many wineries or tasting rooms in the McMinnville area. For those of you that are geographically…

Have You Tried Nuance Wines from South Africa?

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What is nuance? By definition, nuance means ” A subtle or slight degree of difference, as in meaning, feeling, or tone; a gradation” according to freedictionary.com. I received two bottles of nuance wines to try; a Cabernet Sauvignon / Malbec…

Enjoying Food and Wine at Hurricane Grill – What to Expect

Hurricane Grill

On Friday night, Dianne Chow and I were invited to sample some of the new menu items at Hurricane Grill (1137 Marinaside Crescent) in Yaletown. Hurricane Grill is situated in a beautiful part of Yaletown facing the inner harbour lined…