Category: wine tasting

Karl MyWinePal at the VanWineFest 2024 kickoff

Welcome to VanWineFest 2024 Media Kickoff

 mywinepal  February 27, 2024

Yesterday, Feb 26, 2024, was the official kickoff for the 45th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival (VanWineFest).  It was a small event with various media and a sampling of the wines that we can expect from the theme country, Italy.  I had a chance to catch up with some of my wine media friends to discuss the events we were…

Township 7 Benchmark Series Fool's Gold Vineyard Viognier 2021 and Blasted Church Vineyards Viognier 2022 labels

Never Open Just One Bottle of Wine

 mywinepal  January 15, 2024  1 Comment on Never Open Just One Bottle of Wine

I recommend opening two bottles of wine at the same time, not so that you have to finish both bottles in one sitting. Rather so that you can compare the two wines. What do you like about one wine more than another? What are the differences in their aromas and flavours?  Don’t open the first bottle, finish it, then open the…

Sip and Savour ebook

Sip and Savour: A Guide to Hosting Memorable Wine Tastings eBook Now Available for Sale

 mywinepal  June 20, 2023

Today my ebook, Sip and Savour: A Guide to Hosting Memorable Wine Tastings, is available for sale on various sites on the web.  If you are new to setting up wine tastings or need ideas of wines to select for a wine tasting, this ebook is for you.  It retails for USD $7.50 and is filled with knowledge gained from…

Getting a Pinot Noir barrel sample at Privato Winery

What is a Wine Barrel Sample?

 mywinepal  May 30, 2023

Did you know that the wine you taste when you pour it from the bottle, may not taste exactly like the wine that the winemaker had sampled at the winery?  A barrel sample in wine tasting refers to a small portion of wine that is drawn directly from the barrel during the ageing process. Winemakers use barrel samples to assess…

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Have You Tried the New Routes on Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive?

 mywinepal  May 26, 2023

Did you know that Bottleneck Drive around Summerland has three driving routes along with which wineries, cideries, breweries, and distilleries are on each route?  You can drive each route on a separate day and have a fun long weekend.  Here is the press release from the Bottleneck Drive Association about the three routes plus a map showing the routes and…

Sena wine and menu at Black + Blue

A Luncheon at Black + Blue With Chile’s Iconic Seña Wines

 mywinepal  February 6, 2023

I was fortunate to be invited to taste two vintages of Seña wines from Chile paired with dishes at Black + Blue restaurant in downtown Vancouver.  The wine luncheon and tasting was led by Mr. Michel Couttolenc, Fine Wines Director for Viñedo Chadwick and Seña. Seña is a joint venture winery started in 1995 between Napa Valley’s Robert Mondavi and Chile’s…

IVSA Jan 2023

The First IVSA Trade Tasting for 2023 – My Wine Picks

 mywinepal  February 2, 2023  2 Comments on The First IVSA Trade Tasting for 2023 – My Wine Picks

This week we had our first Trade tasting of new wines or new vintages of wines, plus spirits with the IVSA.  I decided to concentrate on white and sparkling wines for this event, as I had a shorter time to taste that day.  Below are some of the wines that I enjoyed and hope you will find them soon, if…

Provence Marinaside dishes and Okanagan Crush Pad wines

Provence Marinaside’s Dine Out Menu Pairing Okanagan Crush Pad Wines

 mywinepal  January 11, 2023

Dine Out Vancouver menus went live today.  Here is one that should delight from Provence Marinaside dishes paired with Okanagan Crush Pad wines.  Their announcement. ~~~ (Vancouver, BC) – For Dine Out Vancouver 2023, Provence Marinaside is partnering with much-respected  BC wine producer Okanagan Crush Pad (OCP) to create a ‘Perfect Pairing Dinner’ featuring a three-course dinner of Provence signature dishes paired with signature wines…


 mywinepal  December 1, 2022

I am sure many of us wine lovers in BC have been waiting to hear about the theme region and wine spotlight for the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2023. Also info on buying tickets and passes. The press release was released today. Read on!~~~~ VANCOUVER, B.C. (December 1, 2022): The Vancouver International Wine Festival is excited to announce the winery line-up for the…

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Registration Opens for Vinexpo America and Drinks America 2023

 mywinepal  October 27, 2022

If you are in the Wine Trade or are interested in wines, you may want to consider going to New York City to experience VinExpo America and Drinks America 2023 on March 8 and 9.  If you live in Ontario, Quebec, or Nova Scotia, this would be a short trip over for you. Here is their press release about the…