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.

1847 till Today: Australia’s Wine History with Yalumba and Pewsey Vale

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2018, the Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2019, Yalumba Samuel's Collection Barossa Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2016, and the Yalumba Samuel's Collection Barossa Shiraz 2017

1847 was an important year in Australian wine as two things happened. First John Gilbert who moved from Britain to Australia planted Riesling and other grapes in the Eden Valley in what is known as the Pewsey Vale Vineyard.  This…

A Good Way to Enjoy the Summer with Harper’s Trail Rose and Pinot Gris 2019

Harper's Trail Estate Winery Rosé and Pinot Gris 2019

I have been fortunate to receive the latest Rosé and Pinot Gris wines from Harper’s Trail Estate Winery in Kamloops. Tasting them, I can say that they are made for summer drinking. If you need some place to visit in…

France and Germany Meet at Monte Creek Ranch

Monte Creek Ranch Chardonnay and Riesling 2018

Chardonnay and Riesling are noble variety grapes from France, most notably from Burgundy, and from Germany respectively.  There has always been a rivalry between people that like one or the other better.  Chardonnay comes in a variety of styles from…

Why Not Try 2 Different 2019 Rieslings from Harper’s Trail?

Harper's Trail Thadd Springs Vineyard Pioneer Block Riesling and Silver Mane Block Riesling 2019

I’ve always enjoyed comparing these 2 Riesling wines from Harper’s Trail Estate Winery from Kamloops. The wines are always different yet come from the same vineyard, just different blocks. I’ve written about past vintages of these wines that you can…

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…