Category: italy

MyWinePal’s 5 Star Wine for 2022

MyWinePal Top 5 Star Wines

What are the characteristics of a wine that I rate at 5-stars?   It is a wine that shows good fruit flavour characteristics, is very balanced between fruit/acidity/tannins/sugar (differences between red/white/sparkling/fortified wines), has good structure and longer length, and possible aging…

MyWinePal’s Near Perfect 4.5-5 Star Wines for 2022

MyWinePal Top 4.5-5 Star Wines

Twenty-five wines coming from BC and around the world made it to my near-perfect – star category this year.  I’ve arranged these fantastic wines into BC wines followed by wines from the rest of the world.  Italian wine showed up…

Tomaresca Leading Puglia’s Wine Renaissance Lunch and Learn

Tomaresca and a glass of their Chardonnay

Tomaresca is a winery named for the ancient seaside towers of Puglia and is trying to make the world notice and appreciate the quality of their wines.  The winery works with the Antinori family which has over 625 years of…

Chianti Classico Reserva and Gran Selezione Wines and the New Unità Geografiche Aggiuntive

Chianti Classico Masterclass

This is Part Two of my article covering the Chianti Classico Masterclass led by Jason Yamasaki.  In Part One I covered the history, and grape varieties used for Chianti Classico, touched on the DOCG quality pyramid, and reviewed a basic…

A Chianti Classico Masterclass with Jason Yamasaki

Chianti Classico Masterclass wines

I was fortunate to be invited to a Chianti Classico Masterclass led by Jason Yamasaki, the Chianti Classico Ambassador in BC.  Jason spoke to us about the history of the Chianti Classico region, the grape used and the different quality…