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.

Champagne Shipped Nearly 21 Million Bottles To U.S. In 2020

Champagne shipments to the USA (Graphic Credit Champagne Bureau, USA)

COVID has affected all of us, both at home and at work.  There has been an impact on wineries and wine regions from around the world.  I received this press release from the Champagne Bureau, USA about the amount of…

The BC Basket Donating 100% of Profit to Mamas for Mamas

Katherine and Shannon Mamas

Mamas for Mamas offers a space where mamas and their kids can feel safe and comfortable when they come in for poverty relief support. Mamas for Mamas also provides clothing, shoes, seasonal wear, and through our intake process Mamas can…

Blue Grouse Estate Winery Calls on British Columbia to Help Feed Cowichan Families

Paul, Paula, and Cristina Brunner thank the community for helping feeding Cowichan families in 2020

We all need help every now and then.  Now some Cowichan families need help, and you can help by purchasing wines from Blue Grouse Estate Winery who are located in the Cowichan Valley.  $1 from every bottle sold will help…

The Quandry and Consequence of Tasting Wines from Ramification Cellars

Ramification Cellars Consequence Rose 2018 and Quandry Pinot Gris 2018

Today I’m pleased to enjoy the Quandry and Consequence of tasting wines from Ramification Cellars.  Ramification Cellars is a new winery located right along Vaseux Lake, between Oliver and Okanagan Falls. They note that their wines show the magic of Vaseux…

Provence’s April Wine Menu Highlights Pender Island’s Sea Star Vineyards

Seared Halibut with Sea Star Vineyards Stella Maris 2020 (PC Emrys Horton EPH6605)

April showers bring spring flowers, but it also brings a new menu at Provence Marinaside with a new set of wines for pairing; this time from Sea Star Vineyards.  Here is the press release from Provence Marinaside. ~~~ (Vancouver, BC)…

Gérard Bertrand and Two Biodynamic GSM Blends

Gérard Bertrand Terroir Corbieres and Gran Terroir Les Aspres 2017

Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre blends (GSM) are full-bodied, full of flavour, and please people that enjoy big, hearty red wines. This blend of grapes also makes the famous red Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines. I have two GSM wines from Gérard Bertrand from the…

BC Liquor Stores Celebrate 100 Years Anniversary

BC Liquor Stores The 100 Collection

To celebrate BC Liquor Stores’ 100th year anniversary, a collection of rare, premium, collectible wines and spirits will be released on March 13, 2021, at participating Stores.  The collection features many top-rated wines, along with a selection of classics from the…

The Languedoc and Gérard Bertrand’s Terroir St Chinian

Gérard Bertrand Terroir St Chinian, 2016

If you attended the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2020, you may have had the opportunity to meet Gérard Bertrand and taste his wines from the Languedoc region. I was lucky to also attend his Masterclass where he went in-depth into the…

Book Review: Cocktails, Mocktails and Garnishes from the Garden by Katie Stryjewski

Cocktails, Mocktails and Garnishes from the Garden

Cocktail culture has been going on for quite a few years, and even with COVID, I am betting that many people are making cocktails at home now.  And looking forward to going out for cocktails with friends and family. When…