Category: Viognier

Hester Creek Ti Amo 2022 and Old Vine Brut 2020 sparkling wines

Two Sparkling Wines from Hester Creek Estate Winery for BC Day

 mywinepal  August 2, 2023

Did you know that Monday, August 7, 2023, is BC Day? On this day, which I assume will be wonderfully sunny, would be great to celebrate with a bottle(s) of BC wine. I have two sparkling wines from Hester Creek Estate Winery that are great on the patio with nibbles as I tried it out myself. I have their Hester…

Top Drop Vancouver

My Top Drop Picks From Top Drop Canada 2023

 mywinepal  May 29, 2023

I enjoy attending the Top Drop Canada wine tasting each year.  It is probably my second favourite event after the Vancouver International Wine Festival.  If you have not heard of Top Drop before, the organizers describe it as “Top Drop’s focus and mandate is providing a platform for terroir-influenced, handcrafted wines, and the people behind them. We believe in the…

Defining the Root of BC Terroir masterclass

Defining the Root of BC Terroir Masterclass at VanWineFest 2023

 mywinepal  May 1, 2023

To start off the Vancouver International Wine Festival, I attended this masterclass which featured 11 British Columbia wines from across the province, “Defining the Root of BC Terroir“.  Our panellists, the winemakers at the wineries, discussed the unique growing conditions of their vineyard and terroir of the area. There was also some discussion on what BC winegrowers are doing in…

Taste Washington signage

Taste Washington – Some Delightful Wines to Enjoy

 mywinepal  March 24, 2023

It has been four years since I last attended Taste Washington in Seattle.  COVID shut down the event, but now Taste Washington is back and maybe even better.  This is the event where you can taste the wide variety of wines made across Washington state, without having to drive yourself.  Winery focus seems to have changed.  During my tasting time,…

Swirl Around BC Trade and Media Tasting Nov 2022

A Few BC VQA Wine Picks from the Swirl Fall Wine Release 2022

 mywinepal  November 13, 2022

This was the first Swirl Around BC trade tasting since the COVID lockdown where you could actually walk around tables, talk to winery principals and have them pour their wines for you.  Earlier in the day, I attended the Masterclass on Expressions of People, Place and Time.  It was quite informative and attendees were able to taste BC wines from…

Pinot Noir Dijon clone 667

Ripe Wine Grapes in the Okanagan

 mywinepal  October 12, 2022

As I was out in the Okanagan in September visiting a few wineries, I took a few pictures of different grape varieties. We all know the names of different grapes, but what do they look like? Did you know that ripe Pinot Gris skins are not yellow? As they mature they turn a pinkish brown and then purple colour. Below…

Traditional Thanksgiving

A Few Wine Suggestions for Canadian Thanksgiving 2022

 mywinepal  October 5, 2022

Canadian Thanksgiving is on Monday, October 10, 2022.  You may be making a list of ingredients to buy for your Thanksgiving dinner.  A traditional / historical dinner with turkey or ham, brussel sprouts, yam, and mashed potatoes with gravy.  Or you may go other ways with roast beef, salmon, Beyond Meat, or other meat substitutes.  I like to think of…

Moon Curser Vineyards Moonlit 2021 and Blue Mountain Vineyard Gold Label Brut 2018

BC Sparkling Wine Comes in a Variety of Styles

 mywinepal  September 4, 2022

Well, it’s September. But not to fret. We know the rainy days will come, but now we still have sunny days where we can sit on our patio with friends and sip sparkling wine. I shared two BC sparkling wines with friends. I picked these two as it shows some of the differences that you can get with sparkling wine…

Wines of BC 2021 Vintage Preview

Let Me Tell You About the Wines of BC 2021 Vintage Preview

 mywinepal  May 18, 2022

2021 was a year of extreme weather conditions in BC, which had an impact on BC grapes and wine production.  Temperature records were shattered in many regions.  I’ve been told that Kelowna, Kamloops, Osoyoos, and Lillooet were among 60 cities that broke temperature records.  The heat dome in the summer causes grapevines to shut down until the weather cools off. …

Okanagan Crush Pad Narrative Syrah Viognier 2018 and Haywire Pinot Noir 2020

Clay Amphora and Concrete Vessels Making Wine At Okanagan Crush Pad

 mywinepal  April 2, 2022

Clay and concrete vessels are two more historical materials that have been used to ferment grape must into wine. But both have been having a comeback in the last few years. I have two wines from Okanagan Crush Pad. The Haywire Pinot Noir 2020 is fermented in concrete and stainless steel vessels, and Narrative Syrah Viognier 2018 is fermented in…