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A Few Wine Gems from the Mark Anthony Portfolio 2016

 mywinepal  October 2, 2016

A wine agent’s portfolio tasting typically gives you the chance to try both listed as well as spec wines; wines that may only show up in specialty wine shops or restaurants, in limited quantities.  I have been to Mark Anthony Wine and Spirits‘ portfolio tasting now for a few years, and I am always very impressed by the wineries that…

Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Moving Up a Tier With Mission Hill Wines – Reserve Level Tasting

 mywinepal  January 10, 2016  2 Comments on Moving Up a Tier With Mission Hill Wines – Reserve Level Tasting

In my previous article on two sub $20 bottles of Cabernet Merlot blends from Mission Hill, I introduced you to the “intro” level of their wines, 5 Vineyards, and an alternate label, Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery.  I noted that there are higher level tiers to Mission Hill’s wines.  Moving up one level we have the “Reserve” Series.  I was…

Mission Hill 5 Vineyards Cabernet Merlot and Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery Haynes Barn Merlot Cabernet wines

Two Sub $20 Cabernet Merlot Blends from Mission Hill

 mywinepal  January 7, 2016

Founded in 1981 by proprietor Anthony von Mandl, Mission Hill Family Estate has a solid reputation as a leader within the wine community that helped define the Okanagan Valley.  His winery won the Avery Trophy in 1994 for ‘Best Chardonnay in the World’ at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in the United Kingdom and made the world take note…

Wine judges at BC Judgement

The Wines of British Columbia Shine at The Judgment of BC Wine Tasting

 mywinepal  August 25, 2015  11 Comments on The Wines of British Columbia Shine at The Judgment of BC Wine Tasting

The Wines of British Columbia shone at The Judgment of BC Wine Tasting with Steven Spurrier and DJ Kearney today.  Steven Spurrier, the Consultant Editor at Decanter magazine, headed the famous Judgement of Paris in 1976 (which was made into the movie “Bottle Shock”).  The Judgement of Paris carried out two blind tasting comparisons: one of Chardonnays and another of…

Inside Morocco West

A Dine Out Vancouver Treat at Morocco West

 mywinepal  January 13, 2015

Dine Out Vancouver starts treating us to fantastic food starting this Friday, January 16 till February 1st. There are so many choices from the $18-$28-$38 fixed price meals.  New restaurants are always coming into our food scene, so there are always wonderful surprises each year.  This year, one of our new restaurants is Morocco West located at Jervis and Robson….

Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc

A Peek into the Mark Anthony Wine Portfolio

 mywinepal  October 5, 2014

A portfolio tasting is a great place for a restaurateur, liquor store staff, and wine media, like me, to find out about the latest vintages of wines, and brand new wines, for a wine agent’s portfolio.  With a change in season, for example, restaurants may want to change their cooked dishes, and to these dishes they should match up /…

All About Chardonnay at #VanWineFest 2013

 mywinepal  March 28, 2013  1 Comment on All About Chardonnay at #VanWineFest 2013

Chardonnay, a grape variety that can cause great disparity in wine drinkers.  There are many that fall into the “Anything But Chardonnay” camp, and others that love that it can have many different expressions; depending on the climate, soil, and the hands of the winemaker.  Some people do not even know they are drinking Chardonnay, but really enjoy French Chablis or…

Take Five Cafe – A New Location and Concept in Gastown

 mywinepal  October 21, 2012

By day you would think coffee shop, but by night a wine bar. The new Take Five Cafe on 62 W. Cordoba, in Gastown offers both to their customers.  I was invited to attend their grand opening this past week to see what they have to offer, and there is quite a range for you.  As I mentioned there is…

Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival – World Wine Reviews

 mywinepal  April 20, 2011

This Part 2 of my review of my picks from the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival.  Part 1 covered the wines of Spain.  Part 2 is the rest of the world. Again, there are so many wines at the tasting, and so little time, I’m sure I missed many great wines.  If you tasted some that I didn’t list, please…