Tag: Washington

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9 Sparkling Wines to Try For Valentine’s Day 2020

 mywinepal  February 7, 2020

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon.  Sharing a bottle of sparkling wine with your significant other over a nice meal is always a nice way to go.  Here is a list of 9 sparkling wines that I tasted over the past year that are in the BC market (or available across the border) that I thought you may like to…

MyWinePal Top 4.5-5 Star Wines

MyWinePal’s Near Perfect 4.5-5 Star Rated Wines for 2019

 mywinepal  December 19, 2019  1 Comment on MyWinePal’s Near Perfect 4.5-5 Star Rated Wines for 2019

This year I had many wines that I tasted this year that almost made my 5-star category; 27 white wines and 45 red wines.  These wines I rated as 4.5-5 stars.  When I check over them again, I can remember how much I enjoyed these wines.  Having a 4.5-5 or a 5-star rating does not mean that you need to…

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…

2019 Trialto Portfolio tasting

A Few Wine Gems from the Trialto Portfolio Tasting

 mywinepal  September 24, 2019

Wine agencies attend various trade events where they show their wines alongside other agencies.  But to be able to better tell their story about these wines these agencies usually have a portfolio tasting once a year where various winery principals from around the world are invited to attend to tell us their wine story.  I was fortunate to attend the…

TasteWA 2019 winery principals interviewed

4 Winery Principals Speak About Their Wine at Taste Washington 2019

 mywinepal  April 13, 2019

Apart from tasting a lot of tasty wines at Taste Washington 2019 in Seattle, I also spent some time talking to the winery principals, many of them the winemakers and found out something about the wines that they were pouring at this event.  I interviewed 4 winery principals and created YouTube videos which are shown below for your education and…

IVSA favourite wines January 2019

New Wines in BC to Enjoy for 2019

 mywinepal  February 1, 2019

My first Trade tasting for 2019 was this week, with agents showing the latest new wines they have brought to Vancouver or new vintages of wines that are currently in our market.  I was quite surprised by how many sparkling wines I had a chance to try.  I normally see a peak interest in sparkling wine leading up to the…

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Learning More about Washington State Wines at WBC18

 mywinepal  September 11, 2018

I recently posted an article about Washington and Oregon wines that will be at EAT! Vancouver in November, and provided you with some background information on the signature grapes and wines produced in these two states.  I have also attended Taste Washington a few times over the past years, and have visited Walla Walla.  I do have a fairly good…

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What Do You Know about Washington and Oregon Wines? Check Out EAT! Vancouver

 mywinepal  September 10, 2018

We all love drinking our BC wines.  Although we do have a hotter climate in the South Okanagan, we still are overall a fairly cool climate region, doing well with aromatic white varieties, along with Pinot Noir and Gamay, as you move north or along the coast.  Our mountainous interior limits the extent of our vineyards but if you cross the…

Flight of Charles Smith Wines bottles

Rock & Roll at VanWineFest with Charles Smith Wines

 mywinepal  February 19, 2018

The Vancouver International Wine Festival 2018 is almost here, and the theme countries are Spain and Portugal, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the other wineries from around the world visiting us.  Some are even next-door.  Take for example Charles Smith Wines from Walla Walla, Washington. Who is Charles Smith? Charles Smith is known as the “rock star” of…

Brown Earth Dog 2018

Celebrate Chinese New Year: Brown Earth Dog Feb 16, 2018

 mywinepal  January 31, 2018

2018 Chinese New Year is arriving on February 16, 2018. That is the 4715th Chinese year. The zodiac sign of 2018 is the Dog. According to the Chinese Horoscope calendar, 2018 is the Male Earth Dog year. Brown is connected to the earth. Therefore, 2018 is also called the Year of the Brown Dog.  According to chinesefortunecalendar.com “According to the…