HMC McWatters Collection Meritage 2017 and TIME Winery Fourth Dimension 2017

TIME Winery and McWatters Collection Brings Bordeaux Blends to You

 mywinepal  October 20, 2020

Do you know the meaning of the term “Meritage” for wines? It is a term developed by the California-based Meritage Alliance, that means a Bordeaux blend of grapes, without infringing on the term Bordeaux. Just like wineries around the world cannot say that their sparkling wine is Champagne. It is a term restricted to the region where that style of…

Quick Reviews: Moraine Pinot Noir 2018 and Synchromesh Riesling 2019

 mywinepal  October 10, 2020

Pinot Noir and Riesling are probably my favourite red and white grapes respectively.  Both are very transparent to their terroir.  Pinot Noir shows different aromas and flavours with the growing season weather for the year, and can be made as a still wine or into sparkling wine, e.g. Champagne.  Riesling can be made anywhere from bone dry to very sweet…

Church & State Wines Coyote Bowl Series Syrah 2016 and Church & State Wines Meritage 2017

Two Big Reds from Church & State Wines

 mywinepal  October 1, 2020

Here are two big red wines for you from Church & State Wines, a Meritage and a Syrah. The Syrah grapes are grown in the Coyote Bowl vineyard in the Oliver-Osoyoos wine region in the Okanagan Valley. The Coyote Bowl Vineyard had originally been three contiguous 10-acre orchards, situated along a large gravel bowl on the Black Sage Bench. Cabernet…


Warm Wine Rant for Restaurants

 mywinepal  January 25, 2018

Dine Out Vancouver is well underway.  I went to a restaurant to enjoy their special Dine Out meal, paired with a red BC VQA wine.  The food was very good, but the wine was served warm to me.  Not the right temperature at all for this wine.  The fruit flavours did not come through.  And this dampened my enthusiasm for the…

My Interview with Sandra Oldfield – A Heart Beating for BC Wine

 mywinepal  December 8, 2017

If you are familiar with BC wines at all, you should know of Sandra Oldfield and the winery she helped start with her husband Kenn Oldfield and friends Barb and Bob Shaunessy, called Tinhorn Creek in Oliver in 1993 and first vintage in 1994. This year, 24 years later, life changed for Sandra and Kenn when Tinhorn Creek was sold…

Enjoying BC Paired: Indulge Your Senses! at #VanWineFest

 mywinepal  March 12, 2013  1 Comment on Enjoying BC Paired: Indulge Your Senses! at #VanWineFest

The British Columbia Wine Institute welcomed me and a room full of other revelers to the “BC Paired: Indulge Your Senses!” during the Vancouver International Wine Festival. This event was a celebration of BC wines, red, white, sparkling and fortified, paired together with locally sourced BC ingredients prepared to complement the wines. 23 wineries were present to show off their wonderful range…

My Top 10 Wine and Food Posts for 2012

 mywinepal  December 31, 2012

I use WordPress for MyWinePal.com and MyWinePal.wordpress.com.  Yes I have 2 blogs.  Sometimes I think it is double the effort, but other times I think that I like the separation of the two blogs.  In MyWinePal.com I post my longer articles and wine reviews, while MyWinePal.wordpress.com concentrates more on announcing food and wine events, as well as writing shorter articles…