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.

Curb Your Grilling Craving with some Winter BBQ ideas with Armstrong Cheese

Jerk chicken burger or bahn mi cheese burger

It’s getting bone-chilling cold across Canada.  Even in balmy Vancouver, the temperatures may go down to -10 degrees C.  You think about the summer and bbq, but that seems so far away.  Armstrong Cheese sent me an email with a…

Try Heritage Series Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from Hillside Winery

Hillside Winery Heritage Series Pinot Gris 2019 and Pinot Noir 2018 wines

Recently I tasted a bottle of Pinot Noir and one of Pinot’s siblings, Pinot Gris, coming from the Hillside Winery which is located on the Naramata Bench north of Penticton. Both bottles were provided with screwcap closures. Their Heritage Series…

19 Bistro @ Fitz Opens this Spring at Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards

Fitzpatrick Winery (Okanagan photographer -

Food and wine are enjoyed together, especially if you are in beautiful scenery like the BC Okanagan Valley.  Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards, that produces excellent sparkling wines, as well as still wines, is opening a second restaurant on their property in…

Phantom Creek Estates Complimentary Chocolates with your Wine Order- Valentine’s Special

Phantom Creek Estate Valentine's Special

If one bottle of wine for Valentine’s Day is not enough, why not buy two bottles of wine from Phantom Creek Estates and get a box of Sandrine chocolates as well?  Here is the announcement from Phantom Creek Estates.  Sandrine…

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2021 – Year of the Metal Ox With Wine

Chinese New Year of the Metal Ox (Courtesy New year vector created by pikisuperstar -

Chinese New Year 2021 – Year of the Metal Ox will start on February 12, and it will last until January 31, 2022.  In Chinese culture, the Ox is a valued animal because of its role in agriculture and its…

Two Aromatic White Wines from Hillside Winery for You

Hillside Winery Heritage Series Gewurztraminer and Viognier 2019 wines

BC has a favourable climate for aromatic white grapes, such as Gewurztraminer and Viognier. I received a sample of Hillside Winery‘s Heritage Series wines to review, with two of them being from these aromatic varieties.  Their Heritage series wines are…