Category: Sustainability

Gambero Rosso seminar with speaker

Gambero Rosso 2024 Special Awards Masterclass

 mywinepal  May 8, 2024  0 Comments on Gambero Rosso 2024 Special Awards Masterclass

Gambero Rosso is an Italian food and wine magazine and publishing group founded in 1986.  Last year a selection of people from Gambero Rosso reviewed 2,647 Italian wineries and a total of 25,231 wines, rating them from 1 to 3 glasses according to the quality of the wines. Through a series of blind tastings, 498 wines were awarded their top…

La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2022 and Cambria Estate Winery Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2022

Two Certified Sustainable California Coastal Pinot Noir Wines

 mywinepal  April 29, 2024  0 Comments on Two Certified Sustainable California Coastal Pinot Noir Wines

California is a leader in sustainable wine growing.  According to California Certified Sustainable, 38% of California winegrape acres that they monitor are sustainable, and 188 Certified Wineries produce 202 million cases of wine (80% of California wine).  That is remarkable and commendable.  I have two bottles of Certified Sustainable Pinot Noir wines from California to review for you:  Cambria Estate…

Challenge of the Red Titans

Challenge of the Red Titans Seminar at VanWineFest 2024

 mywinepal  March 28, 2024

This seminar, Challenge of the Red Titans, was fun.  It was held Friday afternoon and we had spent the week preceding with serious discussions of Italian wines.  We deserved a dash of fun, but the seminar still provided us with valuable information about Italian red wines.  We learned a bit about how the big Italian blockbuster wineries are reshaping themselves…

Monte del Fra Chiaretto di Bardolino, Ripasso Classico Superiore, and Amarone Classico Superiore

Taste the Wines Once Made by Monks via Monte del Fra at VanWineFest 2024

 mywinepal  November 27, 2023

Wineries change hands over time, but you do not often hear of a winery with a vineyard going from monks to lay people.  Monte del Frà is one of those wineries and we are lucky to have the winery attending VanWineFest 2024.  Their wines are in our market already, but you can get a chance to speak with a winery…

Yalumba GEN Viognier 2022 and GEN Shiraz 2022

Yalumba’s GEN Organic Shiraz and Viognier 2022PR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  November 3, 2023

I have been watching and tasting Yalumba‘s organic tier of wines for a few years.  This year, I noticed “GEN” on the label. From the 2022 vintage, all Yalumba GEN wines will be Sustainable Winegrowing Australia (SWA) certified. Yalumba GEN is 100% certified organic (by Australian Certified Organic) meaning they use no chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides in their vineyard…

Tasting room at Beaufort Vineyard & Winery

A Quick Visit with Beaufort Vineyard & Estate Winery on Vancouver Island

 mywinepal  August 3, 2022

Beaufort Vineyard & Estate Winery is a small family-run winery (by Sylie Senay and Rolland Tanguay and their son, Alex Guertin) in Courtney – Comox on Vancouver Island.  I had not heard of the winery, but as I was nearby I thought I would check-in. The winery is certified organic and also follows regenerative and sustainable agriculture.  They grow 10…

40 Knots Winery tasting room

Enjoying 40 Knots Winery Wines on Their Patio

 mywinepal  August 1, 2022

When I am on vacation, if there is a winery nearby, I will usually drop by.  In this case, 40 Knots Winery is in Comox, just 30 minutes away from Campbell River, so I popped in to say hi to Brenda Hetman-Craig, Owner of 40 Knots, and to sample some of her wines on their patio.  This was my first…

Blue Grouse Estate Winery

Blue Grouse Estate Winery Celebrates 10 Years of Accomplishments

 mywinepal  June 22, 2022

Congratulations to Blue Grouse Estate Winery for making wines and helping out charities for their 10 years of being in business.  It takes a lot of work.  In case you haven’t tasted Blue Grouse wines or visited them on Vancouver Island, here is a press release for you.  Cin cin. ~~~ This summer the team at Blue Grouse Estate Winery…

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Northwest Wine Expedition Masterclass on WA and OR Sustainability in Wineries

 mywinepal  June 17, 2022  1 Comment on Northwest Wine Expedition Masterclass on WA and OR Sustainability in Wineries

I had an educational and fun tasting experience at the 2022 Northwest Wine Expedition Masterclass: Sustainability. We had Barbara Philip MW host the event with Alex Sokol Blosser, co-owner and winemaker, from Sokol Blosser Winery from Oregon, and Cam Matches, Sr Director of Sales, from Aquilini Beverage Group (Vancouver) from Washington to give us information about each state as it…

Champagne bottle weight reduction (Image courtesy Comite Champagne)

This Earth Day, Discover the Sustainability of Champagne!

 mywinepal  April 3, 2022

Do you know how wine producers in Champagne, France are working to combat climate change and be more sustainable? See below for some key highlights and initiatives from the region: Champagne was the first wine-growing region in the world to implement a carbon footprint assessment and identify the main sources of emissions. Since the region’s carbon footprint plan was enacted…