Category: Barbera

A selection of Italian red wines at VanWineFest 2024

My Italian Red Wine Picks at VanWineFest 2024

 mywinepal  March 7, 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…

Vietti Barbera and Barolo wines

Take the Wines from Piedmonte Region of Italy Quiz

 mywinepal  January 14, 2024

Piedmonte is a region in northwestern Italy that produces some of the most famous and prestigious wines in the world, such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Moscato and Asti. How much do you know about these wines and their characteristics? Test your knowledge with this fun 5-question quiz and learn some interesting facts along the way!

Marchesi di Barolo

Come Sample the Wines of Marchesi di Barolo at VanWineFest 2024

 mywinepal  December 13, 2023

One of the historical wineries in Italy is Marchesi di Barolo and how they elevated the Nebbiolo grape to the status it now receives around the world.  Read about their history and the wines that they will be pouring at the VanWineFest 2024 below.  The information below comes from the winery. About Marchesi di Barolo Named after our own town,…

Cult Wine Canada wine tasting

Tasting European Wine with Cult Wine Canada

 mywinepal  July 27, 2023

East meets west at Cult Wine Canada in Vancouver. I attended a small portfolio tasting of Chinese distilled spirits and European wines distributed by Cult Wine Canada.  In this article, I will cover their European wines and in my follow-on article, I will cover the distilled spirit called baijiu.   If you have not heard of Cult Wine Canada, they describe…

Taste of Italy poster

A Taste of Italy Visits Vancouver

 mywinepal  March 9, 2023

Last week there was the Taste of Italy celebration held at the Vancouver Lookout downtown.  Wine and Italian cheese, prosciutto, chocolates, and more were there to sample. Here are ten wines that I quite enjoyed at the Taste of Italy.  Some of these wines are currently available in BC.  I marked those wines with a “*”.  The wines without the…

BC Virtual 2019 Vintage Preview II

BC’s Virtual 2019 Vintage Preview – The Warmer Golden Mile Bench, Similkameen Valley and Naramata Bench

 mywinepal  April 30, 2020

I attended online Part II of the BC Virtual 2019 Vintage Preview which welcomed winemakers from the Similkameen Valley, South Okanagan Valley (Golden Mile Bench) and BC’s new Sub-GI, Naramata Bench.  It was interesting to hear the differences and similarities between the cooler regions in BC and the warmer regions.  We again had Barbara Philip, MW as our moderator, and…

Wines of Michele Chiarlo

Experience the Best Crus in Piedmonte with Michele Chiarlo

 mywinepal  February 8, 2018

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 to media and special guests.  I was privileged to be invited to a sit-down tasting of 4 wines with Alberto,…

Close up of Nebbiolo cluster in Italy

VanWineFest – Top Italian Wine Picks – Anything But Tuscany and Veneto

 mywinepal  March 22, 2016

Maybe you are not a fan of Italian Chianti Classico, Amarone or Prosecco?  There are other regions of Italy such as Abruzzo, Emilia-Romagna, and Piedmont that offer wonderful wines. Piedmont in particular is well known for the Nebbiolo grape, which could be known as Italy’s heartbreak grape as the region is prone to fog (known as Nebbia in Italian) and…

Barbera cluster (By Agne27 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)

Do You Like Barbera? Try Some at the VanWineFest!

 mywinepal  February 16, 2016

Italy has a plethora of indigenous grapes.  Some maybe well known to you, like Sangiovese or Nebbiolo, but others, like Barbera may not be too familiar.  I would like to let you know a little bit about the red Barbera grape, as many Italian wineries will be pouring wine for you from this grape during the International Festival tasting during…

Northern Italy map

Meet My Italian Friends Kris and Briccotondo

 mywinepal  May 26, 2015

It’s nice having friends. My latest two friends that I was introduced to by Trialto Wine Group hail from Italy; KRIS is from delle Venezie and Briccotondo from Piemonte.  Both like to enjoy food and wine experiences, and hope you enjoy them too. KRIS is KRIS Pinot Grigio IGT, 2013 from the delle Venezie region, which is known for their…