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.

Sauvignon Blanc – Get Past the Gooseberry, Let’s Talk About New Zealand Wine

The New Zealand Wine Diaries - Sauvignon Blanc speakers

The first wine you probably tasted from New Zealand was probably Sauvignon Blanc, and probably it was from Cloudy Bay from the Marlborough region.  People know this wine style and recognize it as being from New Zealand.  But are consumer…

Chefs Plate Dishes Quality You Can Cook Plus BC Wine

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Chefs Plate provides you with pre-portioned ingredients and easy to follow recipe cards that help you cook meals at home. They offer 15 different dishes every week for you to choose from: from meat-based dishes, to salads, and even vegetarian…

Blue Grouse Reaches $10,000 Donated to Nourish Cowichan

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More good news about BC wineries helping their communities.  This announcement is from Blue Grouse Estate Winery in Duncan on Vancouver Island. ~~~ Blue Grouse Estate Winery Will Donate $10,000 to Nourish Cowichan Thank you very much from Paul, Paula…

BC’s Virtual 2019 Vintage Preview – The Warmer Golden Mile Bench, Similkameen Valley and Naramata Bench

BC Virtual 2019 Vintage Preview II

I attended online Part II of the BC Virtual 2019 Vintage Preview which welcomed winemakers from the Similkameen Valley, South Okanagan Valley (Golden Mile Bench) and BC’s new Sub-GI, Naramata Bench.  It was interesting to hear the differences and similarities…

Catena Zapata Named The #1 World’s Most Admired Wine Brand of 2020 By Drinks International Magazine

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At the end of February, I was very fortunate during the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2020 to be able to meet and interview Laura Catena, from Bodega Catena Zapata; an iconic Argentinean winery.  And in April I received information that…

New This Week at Provence Marinaside – Duck Confit Cooking Kit and Caesar Cocktail Kit

Duck Confit with Mixed Mushroom & Coco Bean Ragout (Duck Confit + Mixed Mushroom & Coco Bean Ragout. Photo credit Hamid Attie)

Has the thought of cooking duck confit from scratch intimidated you? Well, no more as Provence Marinaside has the confit made for you and the other ingredients that you need to make an awesome dinner from a kit.  They as…

Quick Review: Chateau Argadens Bordeaux Superieur 2015

Chateau Argadens Red 2015 with wine in glass

I had not heard of Chateau Argadens before but I see from their fact sheet they are part of the Sichel Family, which is of course very well-known in Bordeaux.  From their fact sheet, “The original name of this property,…

Quick Review: Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico 2017

Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico DOCG 2017 with wine in glass

One of my favourite producers of Chianti Classico is Ricasoli.  I was happy to receive a bottle of their Brolio DOCG 2017 to review.  I have reviewed and recommended past vintages of this wine, and I will continue to recommend it…