Category: Carmenere

Montes Purple Angel 2012

In Celebration of Carmenere Day on November 24

 mywinepal  November 24, 2023

The history of the Carmenère grape is a tale of rediscovery and revitalization, with its roots deeply intertwined with the viticultural landscapes of both France and Chile.  Carmenère faced near-extinction in France due to the phylloxera epidemic in the 19th century. Unbeknownst to many, some vines were transported to Chile before the devastation, where they thrived in the climate and…

International tasting room

More Quality Wines from VanWineFest 2023

 mywinepal  May 4, 2023

In my previous article, I talked about the top wines that I tasted at the International Festival Tasting Room during VanWineFest 2023.  Those were wines that are in my 4.5 – 5 star range. But as I checked my notes, I saw that I had many enjoyable wines in the 4 – 4.5 star range.  Below are my tasting notes…

VanWineFest 2023 International Festival Tasting Room

My VanWineFest 2023 Top Wine Selections

 mywinepal  May 3, 2023

One of the highlights of the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2023 was the International Festival Tasting Room where 147 wineries from around the world were pouring their wines for you to try.  Plus, there was a winery principal for you to talk to about their wines.  This year the theme region for the Festival was South America, so we had…

Taste Washington signage

Taste Washington – Some Delightful Wines to Enjoy

 mywinepal  March 24, 2023

It has been four years since I last attended Taste Washington in Seattle.  COVID shut down the event, but now Taste Washington is back and maybe even better.  This is the event where you can taste the wide variety of wines made across Washington state, without having to drive yourself.  Winery focus seems to have changed.  During my tasting time,…

Sena wine and menu at Black + Blue

A Luncheon at Black + Blue With Chile’s Iconic Seña Wines

 mywinepal  February 6, 2023

I was fortunate to be invited to taste two vintages of Seña wines from Chile paired with dishes at Black + Blue restaurant in downtown Vancouver.  The wine luncheon and tasting was led by Mr. Michel Couttolenc, Fine Wines Director for Viñedo Chadwick and Seña. Seña is a joint venture winery started in 1995 between Napa Valley’s Robert Mondavi and Chile’s…

Cono Sur Sparkling Brut Rosé, Single Vineyard Chardonnay, and Single Vineyard Carmenere

Welcome Chile’s Cono Sur to VanWineFest 2023

 mywinepal  January 9, 2023

Let Cono Sur Vineyards & Winery tell you a bit about themselves before you visit them at VanWineFest 2023. Did you know that Cono Sur Vineyards & Winery is the third largest exporter of bottled wine in Chile? About Cono Sur Vineyards & Winery Cono Sur Vineyards & Winery was founded in 1993 with a vision of producing premium, expressive…

Alouette Bistro

VanWineFest 2022: Icons of South America at Alouette Bistro

 mywinepal  May 21, 2022  1 Comment on VanWineFest 2022: Icons of South America at Alouette Bistro

My first and only dinner during the Vancouver Wine Festival 2022 was the “Icons of South America” held at Alouette Bistro. Classic French cuisine with a West Coast twist meets powerhouse wines from Chile. Wines from Viñedo Chadwick, Seña, and Arboleda wines, from the vineyards in the Aconcagua Valley and Maipo Valley, were paired with the following dishes prepared by…

French Influence in Southern Hemisphere Wines

The French Influence on the Southern Hemisphere

 mywinepal  April 26, 2022

Winemaking has been around for hundreds of years.  We are very familiar with wines coming from Europe, in particular France, where we talk about Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne.  We typically call Europe the “Old World” wine region, while wines made from the southern hemisphere, are known as the “New World“, plus North America.  But where did the grapes come from…

Black Market, Crescent Hill, Blasted Church, Bonamici Cellars, Wild Goose, and Echo Bay wines

Heart of Wine Country Winter x6 Bottle Pack for the Holidays

 mywinepal  November 12, 2021

If you were wondering about getting a selection of wines for the holidays, here is an option for you from Martin Street Liquor Merchants who will ship the box of wines to you. ~~~ Martin Street Liquor Merchants is delighted to be partnering with the Heart of Wine Country Wine Club Association to offer a carefully curated selection of Okanagan Falls & Skaha…

Christian showing stainless steel tanks with glycol jackets

A Winery Walk & Talk with Christian Scagnetti at Moon Curser Vineyards

 mywinepal  October 22, 2021

Grape harvest time is special.  There is the beauty of the ripe grapes and the leaves of the vines starting to change colours and the sights, sounds and smells of the grapes as they are sorted, crushed, and pumped to vat or barrel.  And the anticipation of making great wine from the grapes that the winery spent countless months and…