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.

DYNAMIC SPAIN Seminar at VanWineFest 2018

Spain has had a long history of winemaking, from classic Riojas, newer Mencia from Bierzo, to Cavas and more. During the Vancouver International Wine Festival, I and several other attendees joined Master of Wine, Barbara Philip to explore a wide range of…

LATIN PASSION FOR TERROIR at La Terrazza for VanWineFest 2018

Latin Passion for Terroir menu

This special dinner at La Terrazza for Vancouver International Wine Festival we were able to experience the synergy of wines from Spain, Italy and Uruguay, evoking passion along with the culinary treasures created by Chef Gennaro Iorio. We sampled wines from…

ICONIC VALPOLICELLA at Cibo Trattoria for VanWineFest 2018

Serego Alighieri logo

This evening at this dinner we were invited to come taste over 600 years of winemaking history with MASI Serego Alighieri. Six wines from this historic estate were paired with a menu from chef Josh Gonneau of Cibo Trattoria, bringing a taste of…

Supporting BC Wine and Alberta Beef – Farm Friends

Farm Friends logo

Farm Friends was a stand-up grazing event, organized by several BC wineries in response to the recent boycott on the importation of BC wine to Alberta.  The day of the event, held at Edible Canada, the Alberta government dropped the ban so that the…

Rock & Roll at VanWineFest with Charles Smith Wines

Flight of Charles Smith Wines bottles

The Vancouver International Wine Festival 2018 is almost here, and the theme countries are Spain and Portugal, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the other wineries from around the world visiting us.  Some are even next-door.  Take for example…

Quick Review: Singletree Pinot Noir and Haywire Pinot Gris

Haywire Pinot Gris and Singletree Pinot Noir 2015

Wine slowly trickles out of our BC wineries and makes their way to market.  Two new bottles of wines that I received to taste and rate are from Haywire and Singletree wineries.  One a Pinot Gris and the other a…

Barone Ricasoli Going Beyond; Bridging History and Technology

Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio wooden case label

Did you know that Barone Ricasoli is the oldest winery in Italy and the second oldest winery in the world?  Did you also know that Baron Bettino Ricasoli invented the Chianti blend in 1872?  So much history at one winery, and…

Experience the Best Crus in Piedmonte with Michele Chiarlo

Wines of Michele Chiarlo

The Michele Chiarlo winery has been producing wines in the Piedmonte region of Italy for 60 years.  With the specialness of this 60th anniversary, Alberto Chiarlo, has been visiting some cities around the world presenting the wines of their family…