Category: natural wine

Modest Wines the elder vicar 2019 and no. 4 orange 2020

Have You Tried Skin Contact White Wines from Modest Wines?

 mywinepal  June 23, 2021

Do you like white wines with skin contact? These “natural” style wines are becoming more common. I have two wines from Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery and their Modest Wines line. One is “the elder vicar 2019” which is a blend of Muscat, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling co-fermented, while the other is “no. 4 orange 2020” from Pinot Gris grapes…

Alsatian Wines to Review

4 +1 Alsatian Wineries Looking to Delight Canadians

 mywinepal  June 10, 2021

Do you enjoy Alsatian wines?  They are very food-friendly, with Riesling being the best-known grape from the region.  There are also other aromatic white varieties, like Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer, and now Pinot Noir is becoming more widely known.  I attended a virtual Alsatian Digitasting Fair this week and interviewed four winemakers at their wineries.  The wineries I…

Winemaker's CUT BOHO Beat and Zen and Bohemian Cuvee rouge wine

BOHO and Bohemian Wines from Winemaker’s CUT For You

 mywinepal  May 25, 2020

I have 3 “Bohemian” wines for you from Winemaker’s CUT in the south Okanagan to tell you about.  Have you ever tried Lambrusco wine?  One of the BOHO wines by Winemaker’s CUT reminds me of it.  BOHO wines are a naturally made wine style that use wild an organic yeast to ferment these wines.  Winemaker’s CUT makes 2 BOHO wines;…

Winemaker's CUT wines

Winemaker’s CUT Estate and Heritage Wines Latest Releases

 mywinepal  May 17, 2020

I have been enjoying tasting and writing about Winemaker’s CUT Estate Winery‘s wines since they first released their wines. Owners Michal and Martina Mosny undertake sustainable farming, hand harvest their grapes, adhere to zero pesticides, low sulphur use, and let the wines develop naturally to express the characteristics indicative of their Deadman Lake Vineyard.  Big news is that Winemaker’s CUT Estate Winery…

MyWinePal Top 5 Star Wines

MyWinePal Top 5 Star Rated White, Sparkling, and Fortified Wines for 2017

 mywinepal  December 25, 2017

This past year I tasted a tremendous number of wines from around the world, but some wines really resonated with me.  It may have been the great balance of fruit, sugar, acidity for a white wine, or the fruit, tannins and minerality in a red wine, or something else. Something that made the wine stand above the other wines.  Could…

BC VQA VIP tasting

Can BC Make Cutting Edge Wines?

 mywinepal  May 27, 2016

Perhaps, before I answer this question, I should define what is a cutting edge wine?  In the past, it could have been the use of stainless steel tanks, when none were used before, or the use of cultured yeasts specifically bred to impart particular flavours and aromas in a wine.  But now, these things are mainstream.  What is new and…

4.5 Star Rating

My Highly Regarded 4.5 Star Rated Wines for 2015

 mywinepal  December 26, 2015

In 2015, I only rated 7 wines with 5 stars.  There were many wines that came close to my idea of perfection in a glass, and many of these I gave 4.5 stars.  These are amazing wines still and I highly recommend purchasing any of them.  There are 77 wines that I classified as 4.5 stars.  All of these wines…

Cornucopia 2015 Natural Born Thrillers

Cornucopia 2015: Natural Born Thrillers

 mywinepal  November 26, 2015

Natural wine is a hot topic in the wine world. Maybe you have not heard of it. There is some range of what is a “Natural” wine. It could fall into the organic, or biodynamic, or sustainable categories for some people.  During this seminar at Cornucopia, we had DJ Kearney, wine educator, writing and judge, give her perspective on Natural…

Biodynamic, organic, and Natural Winemaking: Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture by Britt and Per Karlsson

Book Review: Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking

 mywinepal  November 20, 2015  1 Comment on Book Review: Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking

Do you remember reading your science books in school?  How dry the material could be and uninteresting?  Well sometimes, reading a book about the science and legislation about some topic in the world can be interesting.  Case in point, is this book, “Biodynamic, organic and Natural Winemaking: Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture” by Britt & Per Karlsson.  I received a complementary…

My Marquis Wine Cellars Social Media Tasting 2012 Notes

 mywinepal  June 14, 2012

Being social has it’s privileges.  One such privilege is being invited to Marquis Wine Cellar’s Social Media tasting in downtown Vancouver.  A small, intimate affair with other social media wine and food bloggers; we get to try some new and exciting wines brought in by Marquis.  This year, I had my sights on two wines: 1) Josko Gravner Breg Anfora…