Drink Good Wine. That is my motto and I really want to help you drink good wine. What is good wine? That can be a different thing for each people. Some people prefer red wines. Some only like Cabernet Sauvignon.

Some people are very price sensitive, while others have near unlimited budgets. There is good wine at all price points for red/white/sparkling/fortified wines. I want to help find these wines for you, and post them on MyWinePal.

I have taken the internationally recognized wine education courses offered by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET). The UK-based WSET is recognized as the pre-eminent professional wine and spirit educational institute and is the gold standard in wine education. I am serious about wine and love to share my experience with you.

My expertise is in southern hemisphere wines, but I am also increasing my knowledge in wines from British Columbia (Okanagan), Washington, Oregon and California to give you better advice and insights to the wines from these regions.

I also love to cook and to travel, and combine these with wine. So check out my food and wine reviews both locally, across the border, and around the world.

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What is on Your Canadian Bucket List?

  Robin Esrock has visited every corner of the earth as far as I can tell.  For over a decade he has searched for one-of-a-kind, bucket-list worthy experiences around the world, from picking Ceylon tea in Sri Lanka to cage diving with crocodiles in South Africa to seeing the Northern Lights in the Arctic.  He…

Savouring White Wines from Taste Washington

Seattle is only a 3 hour drive from Vancouver.  Many Canadians go down for soccer or NFL football games at Century Link Field.  But you can also go down for wine tasting.  Every year around the first week in April is Taste Washington, held at Century Link Field. Taste Washington brings together over 225 wineries, 70…

Quelle Surprise! Dostana Gewurztraminer 2012

Have you ever tried any wines from Kalala Organic Estate Winery?  It is one of my favourite, and still fairly unknown, organic wineries located in West Kelowna. They try to show people that you can produce very good wines from organic grapes, at a reasonable price.  One of their labels is called “Dostana”, which means “friendship,” and…

My 5 Favourite Wines from Cornucopia 2015

Cornucopia, Whistler’s Celebration of Food + Drink, finished almost one month ago, but why does it matter?  Well there were many very good BC, and foreign, wines that attendees were given a chance to taste at various dinners, walk-about events, and seminars.  I spent many hours in seminars over the 2 weekends at Cornucopia and…

Ancora Dining – Where Peru Meets Japan in Vancouver

Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio, is Vacouver’s newest upscale eatery, located in the former C Restaurant space, and located along the False Creek seawall, looking directly across at Granville Island.  What makes this restaurant interesting is that it combines West Coast sustainable cuisine with Peruvian and Japanese touches. Managed by Vescovi, the former manager and…

Giusti – Where Italy and Canada Come Together

For those of you that attended the Vancouver International Wine Festival, there was a winery from Italy showing off their range of Proseccos.  And it had a Canadian connection that I did not know about.  The winery in question is Giusti Wine, from Veneto, Italy. Veneto is known for their Proseccos, Italian style bubble that…

Some Sparkling Options for New Years Eve

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, you are having a party with family and friends, but what festive wine to buy?  Champagne, Cremant, Prosecco, other?  Fortunately there is a wide variety of sparkling wines from around the world that you can choose from.  Below are a couple that won’t set you back too…

A Quick Sangria Recipe for a Hot Summer Day

It’s summer time, hot, and hard to be productive.  Don’t you agree?  Sipping a nice refreshing Sangria on your patio would be a great way to spend the afternoon.  I recently went to Spain and enjoyed some Sangria at a restaurant there.  Back in Vancouver, the pitcher can be filled with slices of oranges, lemons,…

A California Conundrum Worth Tasting

Last week in Vancouver was the California Wine Fair, which comes every year at this time, with proceeds to support the Arts Club Theatre Company.  It is always interesting to try the big California Cabernets and Chardonnays that they are famous for, but there are also Pinot Noir, sparkling wines, and blends that should not…

Give Grenache A Chance

When someone asks if you like red wine, what do you think of?  French Bordeaux? Australian Shiraz? Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon? Argentinean Malbec? What about Grenache? Grenache is a red grape variety of note from the Rhone Valley (as well as Spain where it is known as Garnacha), that has spread across the world.  You…

Harpers Trail Inaugural Cabernet Franc 2012 Release

Article courtesy of Karl Kliparchuk MyWinePal Harpers Trail Cabernet Franc 2012 For those of you who have not heard of the Harper’s Trail winery, they made news across BC as they started the first winery in the Kamloops area. Not knowing if the vines would last the winter, they tried and were successful. The weather…

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