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Karl MyWinePal

Hi, I'm Karl MyWinePal. Welcome to my profile!

MyWinePal was started by Karl Kliparchuk. He has been the president of the South World Wine Society (SWWS) in Vancouver, BC since 2003 and an executive member since 2002, but now retired from that post in order to spend more time on MyWinePal. At the SWWS he made wonderful relationships with agents and consulates here in Vancouver. He helped bring in guest speakers from the wine Trade, host events, write reviews and manage the SWWS website, and lead some tastings.

Karl has 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. He has 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.

His expertise is in southern hemisphere wines, but is also increasing my knowledge in wines from British Columbia (Okanagan), Washington, Oregon and California; New World and Old World (j'aime France).

Karl MyWinePal's Background

Karl MyWinePal's Experience

GIS technician at Hatfield Consultants

2009 - 2010

Senior GIS analyst

GIS & Remote Sensing Manager at McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd

March 2000 - August 2009

Managed a team of geomatics staff. MapInfo Professional, ER Mapper, encom Discover software, and GeoEye satellite image sales. GIS User Needs analysis and implementation for mining companies.

GIS Business Manager at McElhanney Consulting

2000 - 2009

GIS Business Manager

Owner at

I help people find wines that they can enjoy at all price points. I also hope I tweak your interest in travelling around the world to different wine regions. Travel vicariously with me.

BCIT GIS Instructor at BCIT

August 2009

GIS data compilation and analysis. High res IKONOS and GeoEye-1 satellite image sales and processing. Stereo satellite image compilation. TerraSAR-X, ASAR and other radar satellite image analysis. Experience in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore. MapInfo Professional and ArcGIS specialist.

Karl MyWinePal's Education

University of Alberta

1985 – 1987


Karl MyWinePal's Interests & Activities

Food, wine tasting, and world travel. Loves wines of Burgundy, BC, Washington state, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Prefers gluten free foods.

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