Category: Vancouver International Wine Festival

Karl MyWinePal at the VanWineFest 2024 kickoff

Tutto Finito. All My VanWineFest 2024 Articles For You

 mywinepal  March 30, 2024

The Vancouver International Wine Festival 2024 had lots of wonderful wines and events to attend.  I spent most of my time in the Festival Tasting Room sipping Italian wines and speaking with the Italian winery principals.  I did also attend some seminars and dinners.  Below is a list of all the articles that I wrote for VanWineFest 2024.  Have fun…

Evan Saunders from Blasted Church Vineyards

My Video Interview with Evan Saunders from Blasted Church Vineyards at VanWineFest 2024

 mywinepal  March 27, 2024

My one and only video interview with a BC winery at VanWineFest 2024 was with Evan Saunders, winemaker, at Blasted Church Vineyards. Blasted Church is located in the Okanagan Falls area if you decide to visit this summer.  Evan talked to me about their sparkling wine, OMG 2016.  Have you ever tried this wine?  Did you know that it is…

Italy's Lightness of Being seminar

Italy’s Lightness of Being Seminar at VanWineFest 2024

 mywinepal  March 25, 2024

While Italy has been known to produce robust, hearty reds, many of the country’s greatest wines offer a lighter touch without sacrificing flavour. This seminar, “Italy’s Lightness of Being”, led by Filippo Bartolotta and Michaela Morris, took us through sparkling wines, white wines with texture, and much more.  Winery principals, Fabio Bosio, Tommaso Chiarli, Daniel Grace, Stefano Inama, Nicola Mazzella,…

Jean-Pierre Turgeon from Gerard Bertrand

A Video Interview With Jean-Phillipe Turgeon from Gérard Bertrand at VanWineFest 2024

 mywinepal  March 22, 2024

Gérard Bertrand Winery is the ambassador of the fine wines of Languedoc-Roussillon around the world. Gérard Bertrand owns 16 estates with their unique terroirs in the region. The Languedoc has been growing grapes for wines for 24 centuries (Greeks planted grapes around 550 BC) and produces 5% of the world’s wine.  Gérard has loved his vineyard land passionately and enthusiastically…

Jose Luis Muguiro Jr from Marques de Riscal

A Video Interview with Jose Luis Muguiro Jr from Marques de Riscal at VanWineFest 2024

 mywinepal  March 21, 2024

The red wines of Rioja, Spain, are renowned for their rich history and exceptional quality. Produced primarily from the Tempranillo grape, these wines often exhibit complex flavours of ripe fruit, oak, and spice, with a characteristic balance of acidity and tannins. Among the distinguished producers in the region, Marqués de Riscal stands out as a beacon of excellence. Founded in…

Robert Mondavi Winery To Kalon Vineyard The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 and The Estates Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 wines

An Interview with Kurtis Ogasawara Winemaker, Robert Mondavi Winery, at VanWineFest 2024

 mywinepal  March 20, 2024

The Robert Mondavi Winery is historic for putting California, and New World wines, on the international stage. I was fortunate to have a chance to interview Kurtis Ogasawara, Winemaker for Robert Mondavi during VanWineFest 2024.  I was told, “Growing up in Sunnyvale, California, Kurtis lived just outside of wine country in the Bay Area. When he went off to college,…

Matteo Allegrini from Allegrini Estates

A Video Interview with Matteo Allegrini from Allegrini Estates at VanWineFest 2024

 mywinepal  March 19, 2024

The wines from the Veneto region of Italy are still not as well-known as areas such as Chianti Classico in Tuscany but should be.  This region produces the Valpolicella range of wines which are very food friendly.  Watch my video interview with Matteo Allegrini from Allegrini Estates at VanWineFest 2024 as he tells us about the different wines that they…

Italy Reimagined placemat with wine glasses

Italy Reimagined Seminar at VanWineFest 2024

 mywinepal  March 18, 2024

Although Italy contributes approximately 20% of the world’s wine, it remains a relative mystery to many people, due to unfamiliar grape varieties and wine region names.  Wine journalist and educator Filippo Bartolotta led us exploring the rich history, modern innovation, and the renaissance of Italian classic wine styles shaping the current identity of this historical wine region.  The winery principals…

Christian Ridolfi from Cantina Santi at VanWineFest 2024

A Video Interview with Christian Ridolfi from Cantina Santi at VanWineFest 2024

 mywinepal  March 15, 2024

I enjoy interviewing winery principals during VanWineFest every year.  This year, I tasted the wine Santi Lugana Folar 2021 by Cantina Santi from the Lake Garda region in Northeastern Italy.  It is a white wine made with Trebbiano di Lugana grapes.  This wine is not well-known but has refreshing acidity, minerality, and stone fruit flavours, which make this type of…

Mr. Beppe d'Andrea, Ruffino's Senior Global Brand Ambassador

An Interview with Beppe d’Andrea, Ruffino’s Senior Global Brand Ambassador, at VanWineFest 2024

 mywinepal  March 14, 2024

I was invited to sit down with Mr. Beppe d’Andrea, Ruffino‘s Senior Global Brand Ambassador, to taste a selection of their wines and talk about the winery and other wine topics while Beppe was attending VanWineFest 2024. In 1987, Beppe began his career with Ruffino and has never looked back. Initially working in the vineyards, he soon joined the winemaking…