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.

Celebrating Te Reo Māori & Wāina from New Zealand

A marae (meeting grounds) - the focal point of M?ori communities throughout New Zealand

The New Zealand Winegrowers would love us all to know more about New Zealand, their Māori culture, and their wines. Below is one of the articles by the New Zealand Winegrowers about the Māori language and some of their wines. …

Enjoy LULU Spritz this Summer and Help the BC Hospitality Foundation

LULU Spritz on ice on the patio

I picked up a four-pack of LULU Spritz Cans this week and since it is a hot day today I’m enjoying it on my patio before I get into the business of preparing dinner. LULU Spritz is a premium blend…

50th Parallel Estate Chardonnay and Rose for Your Summer Sipping

50th Parallel Estate Winery Chardonnay 2018 and Pinot Noir Rosé 2019

Do you ever drink white wine with BBQ?  If not, try a big, buttery, oaked Chardonnay like this one from 50th Parallel Estate Winery.  If you are still enjoying the Rosé revolution I also have a Rosé from 50th Parallel…

A New Wine Producing Region (sub-GI) Recognized on Vancouver Island

Blue Grouse Vineyard (Image Courtesy Blue Grouse Estate Winery)

British Columbia wineries continue to define distinct grape-growing regions, known as a sub-geographical indication (sub-GI).  This week we received this announcement that our next sub-GI has been successfully accepted by the BC government.  It is on Vancouver Island; the Cowichan…

Reaching the SUMMIT of Wines from Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery

Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery SUMMIT 2017 with wine in glass

I’ve really enjoyed tasting through Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery‘s flight of newly released wines, and now I’ve reached the summit.  One of their top tier wines is known as the SUMMIT.  This fantastic red wine is a blend from their top…

Quick Review: Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery Riesling 2019

Mt. Boucherie Riesling 2019 with wine in glass

BC does great Riesling.  Our dry hot summer days followed by chill desert nights allows the fruit to fully ripen while keeping the acidity in the grapes.  Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery in West Kelowna provided me with a bottle of…

Be Seduced by Mt. Boucherie’s Pinot Noir and Syrah 2018

Mt. Boucherie Pinot Noir and Syrah 2018 with wines in glass

I have two very seductive red wines for you from Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery in West Kelowna.  The two grape varieties could not be more different; a Pinot Noir and a Syrah.  The Pinot Noir grapes comes from the Similkameen…

Big BC Wine News: Exciting Changes for TIME Winery, Evolve Cellars, and McWatters Collection

TIME Winery Team (credit Chris Stenberg)

I’m sure many of us in the wine trade and lovers of BC wine wondered what would happen to TIME Winery, Evolve Cellars, and McWatters Collection after the very unexpected passing of Harry McWatters.  Now we know.  Today it was…