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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.

Casale del Giglio and the Biancolella di Ponza Indigenous Grape

Casale del Giglio Faro Della Guardia Biancolella di Ponza Lazio IGT 2019 label

Another indigenous Italian grape for you.  This one is the Biancolella of Ponza.  According to Casale del Giglio, “The Biancolella grape was introduced to the Island of Ponza from the Island of Ischia (in the Bay of Naples) during the…

The Indigenous Bellone Grape and Wines by Casale del Giglio In Lazio Italy

Casale del Giglio Bellone 2019 and Anthium Bellone 2019

Have you heard of the almost forgotten indigenous vines of Lazio, Italy? One of the grapes grown along the coastal area around the town of Anzio is the ancient Bellone of Anzio grape.  It is a white grape variety.  There…

Memories of Chilean Wine and Hospitality – A Visit to Wineries of the Maipo and the Colchagua Valleys

Ninquen Valley and Montgras vineyards

At this point of my trip to Chile I had visited wineries from the Aconcagua and the Casablanca Valleys.  Now I visited a few wineries closer to Santiago in the Maipo Valley, then headed south to the Colchagua Valley.   A…

Try 2 Sparkling Wines from Monte Creek Ranch this Summer

Monte Creek Ranch Sparkling 2019 and Sparkling Rosé 2019

When we drink wine, we probably think of wines made from vitis vinifera grapes like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Syrah.  But there are grapes that are a hybrid between vitis vinifera and another vitis species, such as labrusca…

Enjoy Wine and Save the Environment with Sea Change Wines

Sea Change Sauvignon Blanc Pays D'Oc 2018 and Rosé Pays D'Oc 2018

I feel good about enjoying these two wines by Sea Change, which come from France.  Sea Change use renewable plant-based closures (corks) and the paper for the labels coming from certified sustainable forests and made partially from grape waste.   I…

Memories of Chilean Wine and Hospitality – Santiago, Valparaiso, and the Casablanca and Aconcagua Valleys

Santiago Metropolitan Park via the Funicular of Santiago

With the lockdown on travel due to COVID-19, I thought I’d look back at some of my trips to wine regions around the world.  One of my memorable trips was to Chile in October 2009 where I toured around Santiago,…

Fresh & Fruity White and Rose wines from Thr3 Monkeys

Thr3 Monkeys Fresh & Fruity White Wine and Rosé Wine, NV

Here are two easy sipping, uncomplicated wines from Spain’s the Thr3 Monkeys, if you want to monkey around on your patio while you enjoy your lunch or dinner this BC Day long weekend.  These wines are listed as vegan friendly.  A…