Tag: south africa

MyWinePal’s Near Perfect 4.5-5 Star Wines for 2022

MyWinePal Top 4.5-5 Star Wines

Twenty-five wines coming from BC and around the world made it to my near-perfect – star category this year.  I’ve arranged these fantastic wines into BC wines followed by wines from the rest of the world.  Italian wine showed up…

A Few Wine Suggestions for Canadian Thanksgiving 2022

Traditional Thanksgiving

Canadian Thanksgiving is on Monday, October 10, 2022.  You may be making a list of ingredients to buy for your Thanksgiving dinner.  A traditional / historical dinner with turkey or ham, brussel sprouts, yam, and mashed potatoes with gravy.  Or…

Old World Rhone Valley Grapes in the New World – 3 Examples

Cono Sur Bicicleta Reserva Viognier 2020, Stag's Hollow Winery Syrah 2020, and Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap 2020 wines

Can you name the native grapes of the Rhone Valley?  There are the north and south ends of the valley and different varieties.  The main varieties of the north end are Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. The northern Rhone is…

2 Chenin Blancs from Spier Wine Farm to Celebrate Drink Chenin Day

Spier Signature Chenin Blanc 2021 and 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2019

I have two more South African Chenin Blanc for you to celebrate Drink Chenin Day on June 17. Both wines are from the Spier Wine Farm in the Stellenbosch region. The Spier Signature Chenin Blanc 2021 is unoaked and probably…

2 South African Chenin Blancs for Drink Chenin Day, Friday, June 17

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Protea Chenin Blanc 2020 and Nederburg The Anchorman Chenin Blanc 2018

Drink Chenin Day is on Friday, June 17. Chenin Blanc has been grown in South Africa since the 1600s, and it continues to be the most widely planted varietal, accounting for nearly 20% of the acreage currently under vine. If…

Celebrate Wine Excellence at Top Drop Vancouver May 10-11, 2022

Top Drop Vancouver

Have you ever heard of Top Drop Vancouver?  It is a festival where 40 hand-selected wineries from around the world come to Vancouver and pour their wines for you.  These wineries have to have a certain level of quality and…

The French Influence on the Southern Hemisphere

French Influence in Southern Hemisphere Wines

Winemaking has been around for hundreds of years.  We are very familiar with wines coming from Europe, in particular France, where we talk about Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne.  We typically call Europe the “Old World” wine region, while wines made…

Quick Review: Wildeberg Coterie Cabernet Franc & Malbec 2018

Wildeberg Coterie Cabernet Franc & Malbec 2018

Do you have a coterie? A small group of people with shared interests or tastes, especially one that is exclusive of other people? I think you probably have a small group of friends that you enjoy drinking wine with. I…