Tag: cabernet franc

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…

Data analysis

Grape Popularity Analysis From the 2023 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards

 mywinepal  April 20, 2023

In my previous article, I posted The 2023 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards results. But that is just a list.  I was curious to dig deeper into the awards and find out which grape varieties were the most popular.  Here is a data analysis of the results from the Platinum, Gold, and Silver awards combined. We are a cool…

British Columbia Lieutenant Governor coat of arms

The 2023 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards

 mywinepal  April 19, 2023

It’s time for our BC wines to be recognized by our peers.  The results from the 2023 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards have been announced. Here is the press release.  Pick up the bottles that won as soon as possible as they will sell out soon! ~~~ (KELOWNA, BC) – April 18, 2023: On April 3 through 5, 2023,…

Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

Take a Ride With Seaside Pearl Lover’s Lane Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

 mywinepal  April 10, 2023

Do you enjoy Cabernets? Do you prefer Cabernet Franc or Cabernet Sauvignon?  I tried both today from Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery.  Their Cabernet Franc grapes come from the Similkameen Valley while the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes come from the Okanagan Valley.  You may notice that both labels mention “Lover’s Lane”.  What does that have to do with BC or the Fraser…

Osoyoos Larose wines in decanters

A Winemaker Dinner with Michael Kullman of Osoyoos Larose at L’Abbatoir

 mywinepal  April 8, 2023

Okanagan’s Osoyoos Larose is well known for their top-tier Le Grand Vin and their second-tier wine, Petales d’Osoyoos.  Their inaugural wine, Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin 2001, exceeded all expectations at home and abroad.  Myself and a group of other media and sommeliers were invited to sit down for a casual dinner with winemaker Michael Kullman to taste through some…

Easter dinner

A Dozen BC VQA Wines for Easter 2023

 mywinepal  April 6, 2023

Easter weekend is coming up for many people around the world.  There are many traditions besides the Easter celebrations among different faiths but enjoying meals with family and friends is a big part of each of them.  Here are 6 BC VQA white and 6 BC VQA red wines that I reviewed from Fall 2022 till now that I think…

Bodega Huanacache winery and vineyards

Enjoy the Wines of Bodega Huanacache from Argentina at VanWineFest 2023

 mywinepal  March 29, 2023

Let’s welcome Bodega Huanacache to the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2023 and look forward to trying their Chardonnay and Malbec wines.  Here is some info about the winery and their wines, in their own words. About Bodega Huanacache Our estate is located in the center-west of San Juan province, by the foothills of the Andes mountain range. The climate is…

Rob Campisi

Talking about Dunham Cellars’ Rosé Wine with Rob Campisi at Taste Washington 2023

 mywinepal  March 26, 2023

Spring is here and summer will be on its way.  Rose wine is appreciated on the patio and pairs with many dishes.  I spoke with Rob Campisi, Head Winemaker, from Dunham Cellars during Taste Washington about their Rosé wine that we were sampling.  Enjoy.

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,…

Selection of Catena wines

Celebrate the Wines of Catena at VanWineFest 2023

 mywinepal  February 13, 2023

Let’s welcome Bodega Catena Zapata from Argentina to the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2023.  I’ve enjoyed their wines for many years. Here is information provided to me about the winery and the wines that will be poured at the Festival International Tasting room.  Enjoy. About Bodega Catena Zapata At heart, Catena is a story about family. The family who poured their…