Tag: Opening Gambit

MyWinePal Top 5 Star Wines

MyWinePal’s 5 Star Rated Wines for 2019

 mywinepal  December 17, 2019  1 Comment on MyWinePal’s 5 Star Rated Wines for 2019

I taste many wines at Trade tastings, plus public events like the Vancouver International Wine Festival or Taste Washington.  People who know me, know that I make detailed notes as I taste and can back up my wine ratings.  This year I went through all the wines I tasted in 2019 and have awarded my top 5-star rating to 10…

CheckMate Artisinal Winery Little Pawn and Opening Gambit 2014

CheckMate Artisanal Winery is Not Gambling, They Have the Winning Hand

 mywinepal  May 24, 2019

The CheckMate Artisanal Winery is a project by the von Mandl family, who established the Mission Hill Family Estate Winery.  Mission Hill won the Top Chardonnay in the World in 1994 at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London.  Their Chardonnay and Merlot vines, some which are now over 40 years old, are being used by CheckMate. As in…