Category: Petite Sirah

Assorted California red wines at VanWineFest 2019

My Favourite California Red Wines at VanWineFest 2019

 mywinepal  March 15, 2019

While busily moving through the swell of people interested in tasting big Napa Cabs at the Vancouver International Wine Festival, I wedged myself into tables, and indeed tasted Napa Cabs, but also Pinot Noir, Merlot, Petite Sirah, etc. from various regions in California.  With the short amount of time I’m able to spend at each table, my tasting notes are…

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Enjoy a Glass from Stags’ Leap Winery at VanWineFest 2019

 mywinepal  December 14, 2018

Here is one of the oldest wineries in Napa Valley that you should try at VanWineFest 2019.  Read about the winery and their wines in their own words. About Stags’ Leap Winery Located at the very heart of Stags Leap District, the Stags’ Leap Winery, established in 1893, continues a proud winemaking heritage in the prestigious appellation that bears the…

Vintage West portfolio of wines

A Plethora of Wine Gems from the Vintage West Portfolio for You

 mywinepal  November 5, 2018

One of the perks of being a wine writer is an invitation to a portfolio tasting from a wine agent.  The agency can bring out winery principals in some cases, who you can have a chat to about their wines.  They also pour wines that are available at regular retail, specialty wine shops, and special orders.  Having access to these…

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The Latest Aussie Wines You Should Try

 mywinepal  May 10, 2018

What do you know about the current (2017) statistics about Australian wine?  Did you know that the total vineyard area in Australia is 135,133 ha, of which Shiraz accounts for 39,893 ha (30%) and Chardonnay (the largest white variety) cover 21,442 ha (16%)? There are estimated to be 2468 wineries and 6251 grape growers in Australia. Compare that to Canada…

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VanWineFest 2017 – Celebrating California Cabs

 mywinepal  March 6, 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon is the “King” in California. In our Celebrating California Cabs seminar we had a chance to experience the “Dream Vintages” of 2012, 2013 and 2014. And as you will see, I have rated all these wines very highly.  When you have wines of such quality, it is more a matter of style that you prefer.  The winery principals noted that 2011 was…

Curious Beasts and Three Blend Red wines

Are You a Curious Wine Beast?

 mywinepal  January 8, 2015

Two curious red wines passed by my lips recently.  One, the Curious Beasts Blood Red Wine 2011 and the other the California Square Three Red Blend 2012.  Rarely do I see a bottle wrapped in paper or other material, other than some Riojas from Spain.  The Curious Beasts Blood Red wine comes in a very Halloween thought-provoking blood red and…

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Quick Review: Colby Red 2012 from California

 mywinepal  December 26, 2014

How many people know someone that has been affected by heart problems?  My guess is 100% of you.  The heart is a very important muscle in the body and one that needs special care. To this effect the wine, Colby Red, was produced to support charities promoting heart health. Colby Red came about due to the sickness of Colby Groom. …

Ravenswood Limited Release Besieged 2013

Ravenswood Besieged by Nature this Halloween

 mywinepal  October 23, 2014

“Are ravens circling a good or a bad omen?”, Joel thought, as the black winged birds, about the size of a football, with long wingspan, and tapered wings, and each feather, like so many shiny throwing daggers silently glided above his head, this dark and gloomy evening, the copper Autumn moon just half exposed, peaking behind the gathering storm clouds…

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Westport Winery – A Coast Traveler’s Dream

 mywinepal  July 27, 2014

Whenever I travel, I always keep an eye open for wineries in the area.  Recently I visited the very southwestern corner of Washington State, around Aberdeen.  I read in a tourist brochure about Westport Winery which was close by, a little south of Aberdeen, so dropped by.  The winery tries to be a destination for more than just wine.  They…

Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc and Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

What’s New at Santa Rita Winery?

 mywinepal  July 24, 2013  1 Comment on What’s New at Santa Rita Winery?

Chile is blessed with perfect conditions to grow grapes; a varied climate, warmer and drier in the north, and wetter and cooler in the south.  A dry climate and soil types not conducive to the phyloxera louse allow Chilean vineyards to be grown on their own rootstock, not grafted.  Some say that this allows you to taste the “true” flavour…