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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.

How is the 2020 Harvest for Port Wine?

The Fladgate Partnership

I was fortunate to be invited to the Fladgate Partnership Virtual Press Trip with David Guimaraens to learn about the 2020 port wine harvest.  David is the head winemaker for the Flagdate Partnership that includes Fonseca, Taylor’s, and Croft Port. …

What to Expect from the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Harvest 2020?

Harvest in the Conegliano Valdobbiadene appellation (Picture courtesy Consorzio di Tutela del Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG)

The grape harvest is about to start, or has started in the northern hemisphere and reports on the harvest should start to trickle out on media.  I received this press release about the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Harvest 2020.  Let’s…

September is Sparkling with Church & State Wines

Church & State Wines Sparkling Pinot Gris and Frizzante Muscat 2017

Summer is winding down, unfortunately. But sparkling wine can be enjoyed year round.  It does feel nicer though when you are outside on your patio enjoying sparkling wine with family or friends.  Here are two tasty sparkling wines from Church…

Royal Slope is Washington’s newest American Viticultural Area

Royal Slope AVA (courtesy Stillwater Creek Vineyard)

Just as we in British Columbia try to more rigorously define unique small grape growing regions, sub-geographical indication (sub-GI), the same is happening just south of the border with our Washington state neighbours.  Here is a press release about their…

Back to the Future with Gold Hill Merlot 2014 and Cabernet Merlot 2017

Gold Hill Merlot 2014 and Cabernet Merlot 2017

Here are two big red wines from Gold Hill Winery from Oliver in the South Okanagan.  Both are Merlot based.  Their Gold Hill Merlot 2014 coming in at 16.1% alc, and their Gold Hill Cabernet Merlot 2017.  It is interesting that…

Casale del Giglio and the Indigenous Cesanese Grape

Casale del Giglio Cesanese IGT 2018 and Matidia Cesanese IGT 2017

Have you tried any Italian wines made with the Cesanese grape?  Probably not, but Casale del Giglio from the Lazio region of Italy is trying to bring this red grape some recognition. Cesanese is a low yield, late-ripening variety which…

Quick Review: Grill Master’s Choice White and Red Blends from Chile

Grill Master's Choice White and Red Blends

While summer is here we are using our bbq’s on the patio.  Here are two cheap and cheerful wines from Chile that were recommended for bbq season to me.  Both are blends; the winery Vina Punti Ferrer ltda does not…