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.

Bodega Garzón – More Than Tannat From Uruguay

Bodega Garzón banner

When someone mentions wine from Uruguay, there is usually one of two responses: I don’t like Tannat, it’s too tannic, Uruguay makes wine? Bodega Garzón  from Uruguay hopes to wipe out both of these responses by bringing their wines to you…

VanWineFest 2017 – Celebrating California Cabs

Celebrating California Cabs seminar wines for featured image

Cabernet Sauvignon is the “King” in California. In our Celebrating California Cabs seminar we had a chance to experience the “Dream Vintages” of 2012, 2013 and 2014. And as you will see, I have rated all these wines very highly.  When you have wines…

VanWineFest 2017 – Heartbreak & Backache Seminar Part 2

Riesling grapes

In Part 1 of this article, I covered the comments and insights of wine makers and hands-on owners in BC, Ontario, and Germany on the heartbreak and backache from growing and making wine from the Riesling and Pinot Noir grapes.…

VanWineFest 2017 – Heartbreak & Backache Seminar Part 1

Heartache and backache wine flight

In this seminar at the Vancouver International Wine Festival we had a panel of distinguished wine makers and hands-on owners share their stories and insights on Riesling and Pinot Noir, two notorious cool-climate grapes famed for breaking backs in the…

Leonetti Cellar – The Original Winery of Walla Walla

Tulalip Resort Casino seminar featuring Leonetti Cellars Figgins Estate and Toil Oregon wines

The Birth of Leonetti Cellar Did you know that the first commercial grape vines, that are still in use today in Walla Walla, Washington was by the Leonetti family in 1974?  There were some vines planted in the 1950s by…

VanWineFest 2017 – A Culmination of Flavours Dinner

Culmina Family Estate Winery is owned and run by Don and Elaine Triggs, and their daughter Sara.  An Okanagan winery located on the Golden Mile Bench.  Don Triggs’ is known for co-founding the Jackson Triggs Winery that we have here in…

Win 2 Tickets to Thursday Night’s International Festival Tasting Contest

Vancouver International Wine Festival

The contest is now over.  We have a winner.  Congratulations Irene @i_on_food_drink. Are you ready for a contest to win 2 tickets to the Vancouver International Wine Festival‘s Thursday night International Festival Tasting in the convention centre downtown (Feb 16)?  The…

Quick Review: Arrowleaf Solstice Pinot Gris 2015

Arrowleaf Solstice Pinot Gris 2015 with wine in glass

Arrowleaf Cellars is located in Lake Country (north Okanagan).  It’s a family run business by Joe and Margrit Zuppiger and their son, Manuel Zuppiger, who immigrated to Canada from Switzerland in 1986.  The winery officially opened it’s doors in 2003.  I have enjoyed…