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.

A Plethora of Wine Gems from the Vintage West Portfolio for You

Vintage West portfolio of wines

One of the perks of being a wine writer is an invitation to a portfolio tasting from a wine agent.  The agency can bring out winery principals in some cases, who you can have a chat to about their wines. …

Bench 1775 Wines’ Quality Shows in the Glass

Bench 1775 Sauvignon Blanc 2017 and Meritage White 2016

Bench 1775 Winery, located on the Naramata Bench north of Penticton, had GM and winemaker Val Tait, join in the winter of 2012.  Her goal is to make pure, varietal-specific wines that reflect the planted clone varieties, the vineyard sites,…

The WINES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Stand up to the World at the Fourth Annual Judgment of BC

Judgement of BC

This is the fourth year that Wines of British Columbia have held a competition of two types of wines, e.g. Riesling and Syrah, from BC and blind judged them against other Riesling and Syrah from around the world to see how…

South Africa’s Ken Forrester Shows Off Chenin Blanc to the World

Karl MyWinePal with Ken Forrester

Ken Forrester and his wife started their winery together with their young family;  Buying a large 38 ha plot of land in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa, and working with farmers over 90 ha of scattered parcels.  Ken wanted…

Celebrate Harvest at Singletree Winery with Winemaker’s Longtable Dinner on November 3

Singletree Winery

Have you ever tried any BC wines from the Fraser Valley?  Have you ever tried the cuisine from Forage Restaurant in downtown Vancouver?  If you have said “no” to one or both questions, I have a way you can experience…

Champagne Taittinger with a Sparkling Portfolio for Your Pleasure

Champagne Taittinger bottles on ice

One of the great names in the Champagne region is Taittinger.  Champagne Taittinger was founded in 1734 by Jacques Fourneaux.  It is the third oldest Champagne house in the region.  The current family that owns Taittinger started in 1931 with…

Book Review: 50 Ways to Love Wine More by Jim Laughren, CWE

50 Ways to Love Wine More book cover

We all are at different spots on our wine journey.  Some have just stepped their toes in, while others have been swimming for many years, splashing about.  But there is always something new that we can try or learn, which…

Prosecco and Valpolicella – Tasting the Wines of Veneto

Valpolicella and Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco tasting booklet

North and east of Verona, Italy is where Valpolicella wines originate and a little to the north of Valpolicella you find Prosecco wines.  You may have heard of Prosecco, the sparkling darling of people around the world at the moment. …