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The Hidden Vineyards of Paris by Geoffrey Finch

Book Review: The Hidden Vineyards of Paris by Geoffrey Finch

 mywinepal  April 14, 2024  0 Comments on Book Review: The Hidden Vineyards of Paris by Geoffrey Finch

Geoffrey Finch, a Canadian born in Victoria, moved to Paris and has been sharing his passion for wine and gastronomy in France for over 40 years.  He operates a series of historic walks through Paris’s vineyards, both visible and open to the public, those closed to the public, and some open only for special occasions.  His love of wine led…

Township 7 Benchmark Series Fool's Gold Vineyard Viognier 2021 and Blasted Church Vineyards Viognier 2022 labels

Never Open Just One Bottle of Wine

 mywinepal  January 15, 2024  1 Comment on Never Open Just One Bottle of Wine

I recommend opening two bottles of wine at the same time, not so that you have to finish both bottles in one sitting. Rather so that you can compare the two wines. What do you like about one wine more than another? What are the differences in their aromas and flavours?  Don’t open the first bottle, finish it, then open the…

Wine Trails by Lonely Planet

Book Review: Wine Trails by Lonely Planet

 mywinepal  April 28, 2023

If you are a wine lover like me, you probably like to go on vacation to areas that grow grapes and make wine.  Lonely Planet has produced the second edition of their Wine Trails book where they outline 52 perfect weekend trips in different wine regions around the world.  The book does not go into depth for the different wine…

Township 7 Provenance Series Provenance Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

Variations on a BC Wine Review with ChatGPT

 mywinepal  April 25, 2023

We have all heard about ChatGPT and how it can answer questions that sound human-like.  I did read that you can ask ChatGPT to also write text in a style of an author, for example, Ernest Hemingway.  I wondered what one of my wine reviews would sound like if it were written by some famous people from our past and…

How To Taste by Mandy Naglich

Book Review: How To Taste by Mandy Naglich

 mywinepal  April 3, 2023

Mandy Naglich is an Advanced Cicerone & Certified Taster and wants you to learn how to really taste your food and drink.  Her journey to learning about tasting happened through being a brewmaster and Cicerone which then spread to everything else that you can eat and/or drink.  I think many people that review food or beverages start in one category…

The Wine Bible 3rd edition

Book Review: Wine Bible 3rd Edition by Karen MacNeil

 mywinepal  October 1, 2022

Karen MacNeil is the author of two editions of her Wine Bible and now has come out with the third edition where she expands the book to cover new chapters of Great Britain, Croatia, and Israel, adding a revised Great Wines section for each country and region, plus expanded chapters on France, Italy, Australia, USA, and South America, plus much…

VINO - The Essential Guide to Real Italian Wine

Book Review: VINO – The Essential Guide to Real Italian Wine

 mywinepal  July 20, 2022

The more you taste wine and learn about grapes, viticulture, and vinification methods, you will likely drift toward more wines that highlight terroir.  Author, Joe Campanale, with Joshua David Stein, take a deep dive into Italian wines from small artisan producers using indigenous grapes and artisanal methods.  In the Acknowledgements at the end of the book, Joe Campanale notes, “My…

Wine Wars II book cover

Book Review: Wine Wars II by Mike Veseth

 mywinepal  July 1, 2022

Mike Veseth, is the editor of The Wine Economist online and is also a prolific publisher of books combining the topics of wine and economics.  From his website, I note he has published: Wine Wars (2011), Extreme Wine (2013), Money, Taste & Wine: It’s Complicated! (2015), and Around the World in Eighty Wines (2018), plus several other books economics-related.  Wine…

FIZZ! Champagne and Sparkling Wines of the World

Book Review: FIZZ! Champagne and Sparkling Wines of the World by Anthony Rose

 mywinepal  March 29, 2022

Anthony Rose writes a weekly column on wine for The Independent and teaches wine in schools for the Leiths School of Food & Wine, along with writing for Decanter magazine and much more.  The goal in his book, FIZZ! Champagne and Sparkling Wines of the World has been to “…shine a light on this new sparkling wine phenomenon beyond the…

A selection of Pinot Noir clones (Image courtesy www.princeofpinot.com)

How Does BC Pinot Noir Express Terroir?

 mywinepal  March 31, 2016

Last year I was trying to answer the question “Are there any unique aromas and flavours in Riesling grown from a particular soil type in BC?”  Through donated bottles by BC wineries, I tasted through 35 bottles of BC Riesling, attaching my tasting notes to the geographic location of the vineyard where the grapes were sourced, and then overlaid this…