Pascual Toso Sparkling Brut Rosé, Sparkling Brut, and Sauvignon Blanc wines

Toast Argentina’s Pascual Toso at VanWineFest 2023

 mywinepal  January 12, 2023

Welcome to Pascual Toso Winery from Argentina. Below is some information from the winery plus the wines they will be pouring at the VanWineFest 2023.  Enjoy! About Pascual Toso Winery When in the mid-1880s Pascual Toso set out towards Argentina from its hometown, Canale D’Alba, in Piamonte, Italy, he could not have imagined that he would become the founder of…


 mywinepal  December 1, 2022

I am sure many of us wine lovers in BC have been waiting to hear about the theme region and wine spotlight for the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2023. Also info on buying tickets and passes. The press release was released today. Read on!~~~~ VANCOUVER, B.C. (December 1, 2022): The Vancouver International Wine Festival is excited to announce the winery line-up for the…

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ICONIC VALPOLICELLA at Cibo Trattoria for VanWineFest 2018

 mywinepal  February 28, 2018

This evening at this dinner we were invited to come taste over 600 years of winemaking history with MASI Serego Alighieri. Six wines from this historic estate were paired with a menu from chef Josh Gonneau of Cibo Trattoria, bringing a taste of Valpolicella to Vancouver. Cibo Trattoria is located downtown on Seymour Street, and is a small cozy restaurant. Mr. Luc Desroches, Sales…

Is This Wine Mineral?

 mywinepal  May 16, 2017

At the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2017, I sat in on some seminars that had wine makers across Canada speaking about their wines.  As they spoke, we in the audience tried their wines.  One thing that struck me is that many of the wine makers from Ontario would say how “mineral” their wines are; and I thought mineral?  But then…

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VanWineFest 2017 – The 2020 Vision & Declaration for an Organic Okanagan Valley in BC

 mywinepal  March 23, 2017

We all can agree that BC’s Okanagan Valley is a special place.  Some of the things noted by winebc.org about the Okanagan Valley is “The Okanagan Valley lies in a rain shadow, between the Coastal and Monashee mountain ranges. This results in very low annual average rainfall. The area between Oliver and the US border is the northernmost tip of…

Karl MyWinePal with Christa-Lee McWatters-Bond at the Vancouver International Wine Festival

Interviewing Winery Owner Christa-Lee McWatters-Bond from Evolve Cellars at VanWineFest 2017

 mywinepal  March 19, 2017

Who is Christa-Lee McWatters-Bond from Evolve Cellars? From the Evolve Cellars website, “Christa-Lee has been part of the BC wine industry since birth. Growing up as the daughter of BC wine ambassador Harry McWatters instilled in her a true appreciation for and love of wine – which included her making wine when she was 9 years old (not for public consumption, of course). She…

Pedro Parra at Okanagan Crush Pad in a soil pit

Interviewing Terroir Hunter Pedro Parra from Chile at VanWineFest 2017

 mywinepal  March 18, 2017

Who is Pedro Parra? A French-educated Chilean, who looks at the definition of terroir through the use of modern scientific techniques.  The Old World has many hundreds of years to experiment, but in the New World, we do not have luxury.  From my interview at the Vancouver International Wine Festival, find out how Pedro determines terroir and the best grapes to…

VanWineFest 2017 – 15 Wine Picks from Around the World

 mywinepal  March 11, 2017

Beside the theme country every year in the Festival Tasting room of the Vancouver International Wine Festival, there are all the other wineries from countries around the world offering their wines for you to try.  Below are 15 wines that I thought were excellent.  Some may be in BC liquor stores and others may have only been available during the Festival….

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VanWineFest 2017 – Heartbreak & Backache Seminar Part 2

 mywinepal  February 27, 2017

In Part 1 of this article, I covered the comments and insights of wine makers and hands-on owners in BC, Ontario, and Germany on the heartbreak and backache from growing and making wine from the Riesling and Pinot Noir grapes.  In Part 2, I have my tasting notes on the wines from these winery principals. Our Featured Wines Haywire Narrative…

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VanWineFest 2017 – Heartbreak & Backache Seminar Part 1

 mywinepal  February 27, 2017

In this seminar at the Vancouver International Wine Festival we had a panel of distinguished wine makers and hands-on owners share their stories and insights on Riesling and Pinot Noir, two notorious cool-climate grapes famed for breaking backs in the vineyard and hearts in the winery. These individuals talked about the challenges in the Okanagan Valley, Niagara Peninsula, and Mosel…