Category: 4.5 – 5 stars

Challenge of the Red Titans

Challenge of the Red Titans Seminar at VanWineFest 2024

 mywinepal  March 28, 2024  0 Comments on Challenge of the Red Titans Seminar at VanWineFest 2024

This seminar, Challenge of the Red Titans, was fun.  It was held Friday afternoon and we had spent the week preceding with serious discussions of Italian wines.  We deserved a dash of fun, but the seminar still provided us with valuable information about Italian red wines.  We learned a bit about how the big Italian blockbuster wineries are reshaping themselves…

Italy's Lightness of Being seminar

Italy’s Lightness of Being Seminar at VanWineFest 2024

 mywinepal  March 25, 2024  0 Comments on Italy’s Lightness of Being Seminar at VanWineFest 2024

While Italy has been known to produce robust, hearty reds, many of the country’s greatest wines offer a lighter touch without sacrificing flavour. This seminar, “Italy’s Lightness of Being”, led by Filippo Bartolotta and Michaela Morris, took us through sparkling wines, white wines with texture, and much more.  Winery principals, Fabio Bosio, Tommaso Chiarli, Daniel Grace, Stefano Inama, Nicola Mazzella,…

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Italy Reimagined Seminar at VanWineFest 2024

 mywinepal  March 18, 2024  0 Comments on Italy Reimagined Seminar at VanWineFest 2024

Although Italy contributes approximately 20% of the world’s wine, it remains a relative mystery to many people, due to unfamiliar grape varieties and wine region names.  Wine journalist and educator Filippo Bartolotta led us exploring the rich history, modern innovation, and the renaissance of Italian classic wine styles shaping the current identity of this historical wine region.  The winery principals…

A selection of Italian red wines at VanWineFest 2024

My Italian Red Wine Picks at VanWineFest 2024

 mywinepal  March 7, 2024  0 Comments on My Italian Red Wine Picks at VanWineFest 2024

On Friday during VanWineFest 2024, I spent my time in the International Festival Tasting Room, primarily tasting Italian red wines.  There was a great variety of wines from across the country and while I attempted to visit every table, that was an impossible task.  Here are the wines that I quite enjoyed.  If there are red wines you tasted at…

Italian white wines at VanWineFest 2024

My Italian Sparkling and White Wine Picks at VanWineFest 2024

 mywinepal  March 5, 2024  0 Comments on My Italian Sparkling and White Wine Picks at VanWineFest 2024

71 Italian wineries presented their wines at VanWineFest 2024.  With each winery pouring 5 different wines, we had 355 wines to sip and savour in the International Festival Tasting Room.  I spent my Thursday tasting white and sparkling wines and Friday tasting the red wines.  In this article, I cover my favourite white and sparkling wines.  In some cases, there…

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Galileo Wine & Spirits Portfolio Wine Tasting

 mywinepal  February 5, 2024

If you are a lover of French and Italian wines, then you should love the portfolio of wines from Galileo Wine & Spirits. There were so many excellent wines to choose from. Here are a few of the wines that I really appreciated.  My Wine Tasting Notes Chateau de Fuisse Macon-Village 2022, France – A medium lemon colour.  Fresh, medium-intensity…

Hester Creek Estate Winery The Judge 2020 and Garland 2020

Two Big Red Wines from Hester Creek to Start 2024PR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  January 8, 2024

Happy New Year.  With that, I have my first two wines to review for 2024.  I decided to pick two big red wines from BC’s Hester Creek Estate Winery.  I have their Hester Creek Estate Winery The Judge 2020 and Garland 2020.  Both wines are Bordeaux blends with The Judge being a right-bank blend and Garland being a left-bank blend. …

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Brut Rosé, R.D. 2019 and Gold Label Brut, R.D. 2019

Two Blue Mountain Sparkling Wines to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2024PR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  December 31, 2023

It is New Year’s Eve today, December 31, 2023.  Have you still not picked a sparkling BC wine to celebrate?  In case you have not, I have two sparkling wines from Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars.  One is their Gold Label Brut and the other is their Brut Rosé wine.  Both wines are listed as Recently Disgorged 2019. Let me…

MyWinePal Top 4.5-5 Star Wines

MyWinePal’s Top 4.5 – 5 Star and 5 Star Wines for 2023

 mywinepal  December 14, 2023

This year I had many terrific wines to taste and review.  Wines that I rate as 5 star I deem as needing nothing to add or subtract.  They are perfect as-is.  I had one wine that reached that status this year so instead of making a separate article for that wine, I am including it in this article.  My 4.5-5…