Picnic and Bubbles

Picnic Pairing Suggestions With Champagne

 mywinepal  June 30, 2024  3 Comments on Picnic Pairing Suggestions With Champagne

This post came in my email from the Comité Champagne and I thought I would pass along this information on which style of Champagne to pair with your picnic dishes. Also great timing for Canada Day. Enjoy. ~~~~~ From the café culture of Paris to year-round patio suppers in Provence, the French have perfected the art of enjoying food and…

Township 7 Rose and Pinot Gris 2023 paired with seafood in coconut cream on wild rice

Pairing Township 7’s Rosé and Pinot Gris 2023 with BC SeafoodPR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  June 26, 2024  0 Comments on Pairing Township 7’s Rosé and Pinot Gris 2023 with BC SeafoodPR SAMPLE 

Summer is the time to enjoy BC seafood and BC wine together on your patio with your friends.  That is exactly what I did with Township 7’s Provenance Series Rosé and Pinot Gris 2023.  In general rosé and Pinot Gris wines tend to be fresh and best enjoyed upon opening, without decanting.  For these tasting notes, that is just what…

Jupiter's Blood book cover

Book Review: Jupiter’s Blood by Steven Laine

 mywinepal  June 25, 2024  0 Comments on Book Review: Jupiter’s Blood by Steven Laine

Jupiter’s Blood novel by Steven Laine Steven Laine is a fiction writer with WSET III, FWS, IWS, SWS, CWS, and Champagne Academy credentials.  For the 2020 harvest, Steven worked as a harvest cellarman for three months with the winemakers at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery in BC.  His novels revolve around some aspect of wine.  In his previous novel, Dragonvine,…

CVNE red wines from Rioja

Are You a Rioja Wine Fan? Take The Quiz.

 mywinepal  June 23, 2024  0 Comments on Are You a Rioja Wine Fan? Take The Quiz.

The history of Rioja wine is as rich as its flavour. Nestled in the northern region of Spain, Rioja’s winemaking tradition dates back centuries, with evidence of grape cultivation and wine production tracing back to the Roman Empire. However, it wasn’t until the 19th century that Rioja began to gain international recognition, thanks to advancements in winemaking techniques and the…

Five Chardonnay from around the world

Exploring Chardonnay: A Global Comparison

 mywinepal  June 21, 2024  0 Comments on Exploring Chardonnay: A Global Comparison

When I was in University many years ago, I purchased a bottle of Maison Louis Latour Chardonnay, that was on their entry-level scale.  That wine sparked my interest in French wine.  In some “New World” regions, Chardonnay has been more recently planted, while other locations have had Chardonnay vines for over 100 years.  Over time, through the wine trade’s many…

Whispering Angel Rose label

A Gift From Provence, France: Rosé Wines

 mywinepal  June 19, 2024  0 Comments on A Gift From Provence, France: Rosé Wines

Rosé wine, with its delicate hue and refreshing taste, has captured the hearts of wine enthusiasts worldwide.  According to statistics, I read that rosé wine consumption tripled since 1990. Vins de Provence exported nearly 62 million bottles in 2022 with the USA, buying up 37% of the total quantity sold.  I am not sure of the quantity sold in Canada,…

Haywire Wines Pinot Noir 2022 and Naramata Bench King Family Vineyard Merlot 2022

Drink Red for Summer with Haywire Wines Pinot Noir and Merlot 2022PR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  June 15, 2024  0 Comments on Drink Red for Summer with Haywire Wines Pinot Noir and Merlot 2022PR SAMPLE 

I’ve been talking about white and rosé wines lately, but we should not forget about enjoying red wines over the summary.  I have two Okanagan red wines from Haywire Wines to tell you about.  I received their Haywire Wines Pinot Noir 2022 and Haywire Wines Naramata Bench King Family Vineyard Merlot 2022 to review.  The grapes are organically grown and…

Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2017 with wine in glass

Whites and Rosés Wines of Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages AOCs for the Summer

 mywinepal  June 12, 2024  0 Comments on Whites and Rosés Wines of Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages AOCs for the Summer

We are now enjoying nicer summer weather.  It’s time to get out onto the patio and enjoy some rosé and white wines. While you may think of Rhône wines as being Syrah or red blends, this region also produces white and rosé wines.  Here is a press release I received talking about these Rhône wines. ~~~~~~~~~ This summer, treat yourself…

Viña Chocalán Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2021 and Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

A Chilean Red and White Wine by Vina Chocalan for Your Summer PleasurePR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  June 10, 2024  0 Comments on A Chilean Red and White Wine by Vina Chocalan for Your Summer PleasurePR SAMPLE 

One of the newer winemaking families in Chile is the Toro family located in the Maipo and the San Antonio Valley.  They bought their first vineyard in 1998 and made their first wine in 2001 under the label Viña Chocalán. Chocalán is the indigenous word for the yellow blossoms from a shrub that blooms in the area. I received two…

Nostalgia Wines Kerner 2020

Exploring the Kerner Grape: It’s History and Growth in British Columbia Wineries

 mywinepal  June 8, 2024  0 Comments on Exploring the Kerner Grape: It’s History and Growth in British Columbia Wineries

In two previous articles, I covered two red grape varieties that are grown in BC, but are not well-known; Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt.  We also do make some interesting white wines with relatively unknown varieties. I would like to introduce you to the Kerner grape. Let’s delve into the story behind the Kerner grape, and its aromatic profile, and discover the…