Tag: Carignan

Karl MyWinePal with Michel Gassier interview

My Interview with Michel Gassier from Domaine Gassier

 mywinepal  August 23, 2021

Many of us are familiar with the wine regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and the Rhone Valley, but there are many sub-regions, which have their own Appellation d’origine Contrôlée (AOC) that produce quality wines at reasonable prices.  Many of the wineries are family-run as well, with the vineyards and wineries being passed down through families.  I would like to present…

Vina Santa Rita Medalla Real Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 and Vinedos Emiliana Organic Vineyards COYAM 2018

A Chilean Tribute to the Vancouver International Wine Festival

 mywinepal  February 22, 2021

Although we cannot celebrate the Vancouver International Wine Festival together this year, I have some wines from Chile and Argentina that I would like to taste and share my tasting notes with you. This year the theme region was South America, so we would have been tasting wines from Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brasil. I purchased these two Chilean wines…

Languedoc Masterclass with Gérard Bertrand booklet

The Languedoc Masterclass with Gérard Bertrand at VanWineFest 2020

 mywinepal  March 3, 2020

My first Masterclass at the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2020 was about the wines from the Languedoc region produced by Gérard Bertrand and moderated by Anthony Gismondi.  Gérard Bertrand is the ambassador of the fine wines of Languedoc-Roussillon around the world and owns 16 estates with their unique terroirs in the region.  The Languedoc has, in general, had a poor…

CVNE red wines from Rioja

Exceptional CUNE Wines from CVNE in Rioja, Spain

 mywinepal  May 21, 2019

Who Is CVNE? Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (the Northern Spanish Wine Company) CVNE was founded in 1879 in the town of Haro in Rioja, Spain by 2 brothers.  This is the 140th anniversary of this winery, which is now in its 5th generation of the family. CVNE is now comprised of 4 wineries: CVNE, Imperial, Viña Real and…

MyWinePal Top 5 Star Wines

MyWinePal Top 5 Star Rated Red Wines for 2018

 mywinepal  December 26, 2018

This is Part 2 of my top rated wines for 2018.  I earlier released my list of 40 white and sparkling wines for 2018, which you can read at this link.  This red wine list came from Trade tastings with agents and BC VQA wineries, the Vancouver International Wine Festival, visits to wineries, and personal purchases.  I categorized the wines below to…

Dynamic Spain seminar flight of wines at VanWineFest 2018

My Spanish Wine Picks from VanWineFest 2018

 mywinepal  March 20, 2018

Did you know that Spain’s wine heritage is at least three thousand years old?  Yet, you may not know much about Spanish wine, except for perhaps Rioja red wines and Spanish Cava.  Tempranillo is the best-known grape from Spain, being used to produce red wines from the Rioja region, as well as other regions in Spain. Tempranillo comes from the…

Cellers Baronia del Montsant logo

Enjoy the Wines of Cellers Baronia del Montsant at VanWineFest 2018

 mywinepal  December 14, 2017

Who Is Cellars Baronia del Montsant? Private initiative of Xavier Canals, winemaker and owner of Bodegas Baronia del Montsant began in the mid-90s with the desire to achieve a dream: to find an ideal area to produce high quality wines. And it is here, where he discovered the Priorato area, more specifically in the beautiful village of Cornudella de Montsant. Its vineyards, its native varieties, natural…

Santa Carolina New World Winery of the Year

Having Lunch with New World Winery of the Year: Santa Carolina Winery

 mywinepal  May 30, 2016

The 2015 New World Winery of the Year from Wine Enthusiast magazine is Santa Carolina Winery from Chile.  To say they are New World though is quite interesting as the winery has been in existence since 1875.  But of course, we are discussing more of New World style in wines. Chile is blessed with the perfect climate for wine production…

A Taste of Domaine Saint Jean du Barroux

 mywinepal  November 4, 2014

I had not heard of Domaine Saint Jean du Barroux until recently;  a winery located between the Dentelles de Montmirail and Mont Ventoux in the Southern Rhone, owned by Oenologist, winemaker/grower, Philippe Gimel. A tiny vineyard with 4 of 16 hectares covered with fruit trees and shrubbery.  The remaining 12 hectares of vineyards are planted along an eroded fault line…

Wines of Chile – Terroir Seminar 2013 @WoC_CanadaWest

 mywinepal  June 4, 2013

Chile is a fascinating country, with climate and terrain that vary from the Atacama desert in the north to glaciers in Patagonia to the south, and everything in between!  From Wikipedia I learned that by surface 80% of South America’s glaciers lie in Chile.  Then there are the Andes Mountains, which controls/modifies the weather coming in from the Pacific Ocean.  With…