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Sauvignon blanc grapes

How Well Do You Know Sauvignon Blanc New World Wine Regions? Take the Quiz.QUIZ 

 mywinepal  August 26, 2023  0 Comments on How Well Do You Know Sauvignon Blanc New World Wine Regions? Take the Quiz.QUIZ 

The Sauvignon Blanc grape traces its lineage to the historic vineyards of France’s Loire Valley, where it gained early recognition for its distinct aromatic profile and vibrant acidity. It is also one of two grapes, along with Semillon, which makes white Bordeaux blends. However, it was the New World wine regions that truly propelled Sauvignon Blanc to worldwide fame, reimagining…

Cabernet Sauvignon wines from Napa Valley, Barossa Valley, Chile, and South Africa

How Well Do You Know Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Regions? Take the Quiz.QUIZ 

 mywinepal  August 12, 2023  0 Comments on How Well Do You Know Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Regions? Take the Quiz.QUIZ 

Cabernet Sauvignon is the King of single-varietal red wines.  The robust body, coupled with its signature notes of black currant, black cherries, plum, and cedar, creates a sensory journey that is both powerful and refined. Its ability to age with grace only adds to its majesty, as tannins soften and intricate layers unfurl, revealing the true artistry of winemaking. It…

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What Do You Know About Sonoma Valley Wines? Try This Quiz.

 mywinepal  July 15, 2023

Sonoma Valley may not be as well-known as Napa Valley.  But, with a mix of cooler and warmer climate regions, Sonoma provides wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Sonoma Valley’s winemaking tradition emphasizes a more relaxed and laid-back approach, with smaller, family-owned wineries and a focus on sustainable and organic practices. While both regions are…

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Take A Quiz About Napa Valley, California

 mywinepal  July 8, 2023

The origins of winemaking in Napa Valley can be traced back to the 19th century when European immigrants recognized the valley’s potential for grape cultivation. Early pioneers like George C. Yount and Charles Krug established vineyards and laid the foundation for what would become one of the world’s most renowned wine regions. However, it was the fateful 1976 Judgment of…

Murphy-Goode Chardonnay and Pinot Noir 2019

Decanting Murphy-Goode Winery Chardonnay and Pinot Noir 2019

 mywinepal  June 5, 2023

BC Liquor Stores recently did a release of new vintages of California wines, but many were in the higher part of the pricing tier. In case you want to enjoy California wines at a lower price point, I have two wines from Murphy-Goode Winery, their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, both 2019 vintages. Whenever I review wines, I taste them twice. …

Top Drop Vancouver

My Top Drop Picks From Top Drop Canada 2023

 mywinepal  May 29, 2023

I enjoy attending the Top Drop Canada wine tasting each year.  It is probably my second favourite event after the Vancouver International Wine Festival.  If you have not heard of Top Drop before, the organizers describe it as “Top Drop’s focus and mandate is providing a platform for terroir-influenced, handcrafted wines, and the people behind them. We believe in the…

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Cheers to Rosé Wines and National Rosé Day

 mywinepal  May 25, 2023

June 10 is National Rosé Day, but what do you know about Rosé wines?  Here’s some background so you can further appreciate these wines and toast a glass or two on June 10. What are Rosé Wines? Rosé wines, often referred to as rosé, are a category of wines that bridge the gap between red and white wines. They are…

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Seminar: California Wines, Eureka in the Glass! at VanWineFest 2023

 mywinepal  May 15, 2023

This seminar at the Vancouver International Wine Festival helped us learn how California’s landscape and climate shape the Golden State and its wines. Each wine we tasted explored a different aspect of California from the coastline to the mountains, with a winery principal talking to us about the wine and the region.  Our Moderator was DJ Kearney while our panelists…

VanWineFest 2023 featured wines

VanWineFest 2023 – An International Wine Preview

 mywinepal  March 20, 2023

The Vancouver International Wine Festival 2023 is almost a month away.  Media were invited to a preview of some of the wines that will be available at the Festival.  Here are a few wines that I quite enjoyed and you may want to try.  The Theme Region this year is South America, so you will be able to try wines…

La Crema Pinot Noir 2019

Quick Review: La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019

 mywinepal  February 22, 2023

Pinot Noir is one of my overall favourite grapes.  There are different styles from around the world, with Burgundy being at the pinnacle; cooler climate.  As well as BC and New Zealand.  Pinot Noir can also produce bigger wines, but still with softer tannins, in places such as California’s Sonoma Coast.  I received a bottle of La Crema Sonoma Coast…