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.

MyWinePal Top 5 Star Rated White and Sparkling Wines for 2018

MyWinePal Top 5 Star Wines

I tasted through many years this year through Trade tastings with agents and BC VQA wineries, the Vancouver International Wine Festival, visits to wineries, and personal purchases.  I rate all the wines I taste from 1 to 5 stars.  Fortunately,…

A Quick Wine and Food Pairing Dinner with Vinum & Cibus Italici at Wildebeest

Lineup of Italian wines from Vinum & Cibus Italici

Wine and food pairing dinners are always fun.  You get to find out which types of wines you like paired with particular dishes.  There are usually surprises as well.  I was invited to taste some Italian wines from the Vinum…

Tinhorn Creek Medals at the 19th Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Competition

Tinhorn Creek winning wines

The holiday season is very busy with wine-related press releases.  Here is my second press release for the day; this one from Tinhorn Creek and their bounty of medals won at the 19th Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Competition.  There may…

An Elegant Vintage Led by an Exceptional Team at Phantom Creek Estates

Phantom Creek Estates logo

I received this press release from Phantom Creek Estates in the Oliver area about their latest vintage, plus the promotion of one of their staff to Oenologist.  Below is the press release.  Plus if you want to read about this harvest…

Pairing Some Holiday Cheer with Pastries and Chocolates from Temper Chocolate & Pastry

Pairing Some Holiday Cheer with Pastries and Chocolates from Temper Chocolate & Pastry

During the holidays many of us like to make, give and/or receive pastries and chocolates.  But what do we pair them with?  Tea or coffee?  Yes those are what most people do, but how about wine?  I took up that…

Toast Hope Family Wines at VanWineFest 2019

Hope Family Wines logo

Hope Family Wines is family-run, and started in 1978 in the Paso Robles area of California.  They produce several wine labels you may recognize: Liberty School, Treana, Quest, Austin Hope, and Troublemaker.  Liberty School and Treana are the ones I…

Enjoy a Glass from Stags’ Leap Winery at VanWineFest 2019

Stags’ Leap Winery logo

Here is one of the oldest wineries in Napa Valley that you should try at VanWineFest 2019.  Read about the winery and their wines in their own words. About Stags’ Leap Winery Located at the very heart of Stags Leap…