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.

Quick Review: Harper’s Trail Thadd Springs Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2013

Harpers Trail Thadd Springs Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2013

Harper’s Trail winery in Kamloops, BC has been blazing a trail in this new wine grape growing region of BC.  With any new region, the vineyard manager and the wine maker have to learn about their soil, which grape varieties…

Quick Review: Haywire Canyonview Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Haywire Canyonview Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

BC Pinot Noir is well known to some wine drinkers, but maybe not enough.  Probably most people think of Burgundy, or Oregon, or New Zealand. But we do produce some decent Pinots here in BC.  I recently received a bottle…

Heading into the Chinese New Year of the Wooden Sheep

Chinese Year of the Sheep 2015

Chinese Year of the Wooden Sheep According to chinesefortunecalendar.com, “…Sheep is one of Chinese favorite animals…2013 is Snake year; 2014 is Horse year. Both of them are in Fire group. 2015 is the last year of Fire cycle. Sheep is the…

Curious About Two Wild Ferment Wines from Haywire Winery?

Wine grapes from two different vineyards plus native yeasts from each vineyard, produces two unique wines.  The winery in question is Haywire and the wines were made at Okanagan Crush Pad, in Summerland, BC.  The two wines I tasted from…

Welcoming Casella Family Brands to the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2015

Casella Family Brands

Have you heard of [yellow tail] wines?   Probably most of you have.  A very popular wine label for many years here in North America.  The wines are produced by the Casella family in Australia.  But they are more than [yellow…

Drink Chianti, Eat Gnudi, Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Ruffino Chiantis

Valentine’s Day is around the corner.  For those that have a spouse, significant other, or boyfriend/girlfriend, there may be some pressure to have a special celebration that day.  It was suggested to me by a PR company in Vancouver that…