Tag: Amphora

Haywire Pinot Noir 2011 with a miniature concrete egg in the background

Back to the Future with Concrete and Clay for Wine Making

 mywinepal  July 5, 2023

The history of using amphora and concrete tanks for winemaking dates back centuries. Amphorae, large clay vessels with narrow necks and handles, were widely used in ancient civilizations such as the Greeks and Romans for storing and transporting wine. These vessels provided an ideal environment for fermentation and aging, as the porous nature of clay allowed for a gentle exchange…

Julian Shaver from Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards

Talking Orange Wine With Julian Shaver from Hard Row to Hoe at Taste Washington 2023

 mywinepal  March 18, 2023

Have you ever tried an “orange wine” before?  An orange wine is a wine made with white grapes that have extended skin contact like is done for red grapes to extract colour and tannins from those grapes.  While white grape skin does not have much colour to extract, you do get some orange colour plus tannins from the skins.  At…

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…

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…

Blue Grouse Estate Winery Estate Pinot Gris 2020 and Estate Pinot Noir 2019

Two Wines from Blue Grouse Estate Winery for the Holidays

 mywinepal  December 7, 2021

Here are two BC wines you may want to consider serving with meals or with appetizers before your main meal during the holidays. Blue Grouse Estate Winery Estate Pinot Noir 2019 and Pinot Gris 2020.  The grapes are harvested from the winery’s vineyard on Vancouver Island.  The grapes on the estate are 100% organically farmed using no/minimal till cover crop…

Haywire Garnet Valley Ranch Pinot Noir 2018 and Narrative Malbec 2018

Two Concrete and Amphora Aged Red Wines, Pinot Noir and Malbec, from Okanagan Crush Pad

 mywinepal  July 8, 2021

This summer has gone haywire with all the forest fires. I hope they get under control soon. But Haywire wine is something we can all enjoy now. I received a bottle of Okanagan Crush Pad‘s Haywire Garnet Valley Ranch Pinot Noir 2018 and their Narrative Malbec 2018 to review. Both are wines that age in concrete or clay amphora and…

Filipa Anunciação senior area manager Wines of Portugal (credit Angel Chu)

Portuguese Wines – Discover a World of Difference Interview

 mywinepal  June 15, 2017

During the Wines of Portugal tasting that I was able to attend recently I had the opportunity to also have a short interview with Filipa Anunciação, the senior area manager from Wines of Portugal.  It was interesting to hear her answers to my questions.  I had a chance to speak with Nuno Vales from Wines of Portugal in 2014 and…

Top Drop Vancouver

Have You Tried a Top Drop?

 mywinepal  September 14, 2016

Top Drop Vancouver is a collaboration between Vancouver’s wine industry, that focus on smaller boutique and terroir-focused wineries from BC and around the world, and offers these wines to taste at a public event, this year held at the Roundhouse in Yaletown on September 8.  I was fortunate to be able to attend this walk-about event, with a glass in…

Cornucopia 2015 Natural Born Thrillers

Cornucopia 2015: Natural Born Thrillers

 mywinepal  November 26, 2015

Natural wine is a hot topic in the wine world. Maybe you have not heard of it. There is some range of what is a “Natural” wine. It could fall into the organic, or biodynamic, or sustainable categories for some people.  During this seminar at Cornucopia, we had DJ Kearney, wine educator, writing and judge, give her perspective on Natural…