Category: Cava

Take the Sparkling Wine Quiz

 mywinepal  September 9, 2023

The history of sparkling wine is a tale that intertwines innovation, elegance, and celebration. Dating back to the late 16th century, a natural effervescence was often seen as an unpredictable and sometimes unwanted result of the winemaking process. It wasn’t until the legendary Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon refined the techniques of producing sparkling wine in the early 17th century that…

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Cheers to Rosé Wines and National Rosé Day

 mywinepal  May 25, 2023

June 10 is National Rosé Day, but what do you know about Rosé wines?  Here’s some background so you can further appreciate these wines and toast a glass or two on June 10. What are Rosé Wines? Rosé wines, often referred to as rosé, are a category of wines that bridge the gap between red and white wines. They are…

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Sparkling Wine Suggestions for New Year’s Eve

 mywinepal  December 28, 2022

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner.  Have you purchased your sparkling wines to celebrate?  Here are some sparkling wines I enjoyed this year that you may want to consider buying.  Some BC sparklers are only available at the winery, but the foreign bottles should all be available at BC Liquor stores.  Cheers! My Sparkling Wine Suggestions BC Wine…

A selection of sparkling wines for the holidays

Sparkling and Fortified Wines for the Holidays

 mywinepal  November 16, 2022

The holiday season will soon be upon us.  When I turned on a local FM radio station today they were already playing Christmas songs.  It’s time to start stocking up on wines to celebrate with friends and family.  Sparkling wines are often associated with the holidays.  For some people, a nice fortified wine, like a port wine is also appreciated…

Traditional Thanksgiving

A Few Wine Suggestions for Canadian Thanksgiving 2022

 mywinepal  October 5, 2022

Canadian Thanksgiving is on Monday, October 10, 2022.  You may be making a list of ingredients to buy for your Thanksgiving dinner.  A traditional / historical dinner with turkey or ham, brussel sprouts, yam, and mashed potatoes with gravy.  Or you may go other ways with roast beef, salmon, Beyond Meat, or other meat substitutes.  I like to think of…

A selection of Old World wines at VanWineFest 2022

VanWineFest 2022: My Old World Wine Selections

 mywinepal  May 24, 2022

It’s been two years since we last tasted wines from around the world at the Vancouver International Wine Festival.  During COVID grapevines produced grapes and wine was made but may have been a little harder than normal to get workers in the vineyard and in the winery.  Below are my Old World wine selections.  Most of the vintages are 2020…

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BC Liquor Stores Sparkling Wine Suggestions for New Years Eve

 mywinepal  December 30, 2020

If you need more suggestions for the bottle of sparkling wine you want to pop for New Year’s Eve, BC Liquor Stores has made a short list for you. Some of the bottles are on sale. Get yours soon! If you want sparkling BC wine suggestions, you can read my latest article.~~~ Virtual bubbles for NYE Raise a glass during…

BC Liquor Stores sparkling wine

BC Liquor Stores Sparkling Wine Suggestions

 mywinepal  December 27, 2019

Here are some BC Liquor Store suggestions for sparkling wines.  I particularly like the Taittinger Champagne, Bottega prosecco, and Fitzpatrick Family sparkling from BC. Check out these brilliant options to celebrate the end of the year!

Dynamic Spain seminar flight of wines at VanWineFest 2018

My Spanish Wine Picks from VanWineFest 2018

 mywinepal  March 20, 2018

Did you know that Spain’s wine heritage is at least three thousand years old?  Yet, you may not know much about Spanish wine, except for perhaps Rioja red wines and Spanish Cava.  Tempranillo is the best-known grape from Spain, being used to produce red wines from the Rioja region, as well as other regions in Spain. Tempranillo comes from the…

40th Vancouver International Wine Festival

VanWineFest 2018 Media Preview Por Favor and Obrigado

 mywinepal  January 16, 2018

The 39th Vancouver International Wine Festival starts on Feb 24, 2018.  What an amazing success, for the Festival to be bringing us wines from around the world to our doorstep, along with a winery principal!  There will be 1400+ wines to taste through all events, and more than 700 wines in the Festival Tasting Room.  Our theme countries for this…