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.
Who is MyWinePal?
MyWinePal was started by Karl Kliparchuk, WSET. I have been the chair of the South World Wine Society in Vancouver, BC since 2003 and an executive member since 2002. I left the SWWS as of July 2010 so that I can spend more time on MyWinePal. You can find me at public and private wine events, as well as food events across Vancouver and in Washington state. Food and wine are a natural paring.
The SWWS has showcased the wines of Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa. By being part of this Society, I attend many Trade events, trying wines that are not yet available to the general public, as well as wines just coming to market. I also have made wonderful relationships with agents and consulates here in Vancouver. I also help bring in guest speakers from the wine Trade, host our events, write reviews and manage the SWWS website, and lead some tastings. Sadly the SWWS has closed, but the knowledge continues through me.
I have also worked for the Mark Anthony Group, which represents the Mission Hill Estate Wines, Prospect Winery and Sonora Ranch, to name a few.
I also have been taking 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 have taken the WSET Foundation, Intermediate, and Advanced certificate courses. With the Advanced course, I received a “Pass with Distinction”, which is the highest level for this particular certificate. I am serious about wine and love to share my experience with you.
My expertise is in southern hemisphere wines, but I am also quite knowledgeable in wines from British Columbia (Okanagan), Washington, Oregon and California giving you better advice and insights to the wines from these regions.
What Others Have Said About MyWinePal
I am glad to have met many people that have become friends in the food, wine, and travel trade here in BC and beyond. One of my friends, Richard Wolack, aka @vanfoodster talked about my wine curation abilities on The Best and the Foodiest on CKNW January 27, 2015 Part 1 Give it a listen, and if you need help with organizing your wine at your restaurant, or you want to build a small collection at home, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org