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Haywire Winery Lunar Red 2021

Haywire 2024 Lunar Red to Celebrate Chinese New Year of the DragonPR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  January 17, 2024

In celebration of the upcoming Chinese Year of the Dragon, BC’s Haywire Winery is releasing its limited edition wine, Haywire Winery Lunar Red 2021.  It is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s made to pair with a broad range of Asian cuisines such as stir-fried vegetables, pan-seared sablefish, and BBQ duck according to the winery.  This…

Big Head Wines big Nebuchadnezzar bottles

Be Amazed by Ontario’s Big Head WinesPR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  September 29, 2023

I knew nothing about Ontario’s Big Head Wines until it was suggested to me to visit by Talia Mendelsohn from the Bacchus Group Inc. in Toronto, but this winery in particular truly impressed me with their wines and their winemaking methods.  If you ever get a chance to visit the Niagara region, do not miss visiting Big Head Wines. The…

Haywire Pinot Noir 2011 with a miniature concrete egg in the background

Back to the Future with Concrete and Clay for Wine Making

 mywinepal  July 5, 2023

The history of using amphora and concrete tanks for winemaking dates back centuries. Amphorae, large clay vessels with narrow necks and handles, were widely used in ancient civilizations such as the Greeks and Romans for storing and transporting wine. These vessels provided an ideal environment for fermentation and aging, as the porous nature of clay allowed for a gentle exchange…

Haywire Switchback Vineyard Pinot Gris 2021 and Chardonnay 2021

Spring Into Haywire Pinot Gris and Chardonnay 2021

 mywinepal  February 17, 2023

The days are getting longer and we are looking forward to Spring and the sprouting of crocus and snowdrops in the lower mainland.  Our thought may also start to move toward enjoying white wines.  I have two white wines from Haywire Winery in the Okanagan: the Haywire Switchback Vineyard Pinot Gris 2021 and Haywire Chardonnay 2021.  The wines were both…

Okanagan Crush Pad Narrative Syrah Viognier 2018 and Haywire Pinot Noir 2020

Clay Amphora and Concrete Vessels Making Wine At Okanagan Crush Pad

 mywinepal  April 2, 2022

Clay and concrete vessels are two more historical materials that have been used to ferment grape must into wine. But both have been having a comeback in the last few years. I have two wines from Okanagan Crush Pad. The Haywire Pinot Noir 2020 is fermented in concrete and stainless steel vessels, and Narrative Syrah Viognier 2018 is fermented in…

Narrative 2 Pinots 2020 and Haywire Secrest Mountain Vineyard Gamay Rosé 2020

A Vegan-Friendly 2 Pinot Blend and a Rosé from Okanagan Crush Pad

 mywinepal  March 20, 2022

I have a Pinot blend and a Gamay Noir Rosé today for you from Okanagan Crush Pad; their Haywire Secrest Mountain Vineyard Gamay Rosé 2020 and Narrative 2 Pinots 2020 (a blend of Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc grapes). Both wines are fermented in concrete. Both wines also are vegan-friendly. Let me tell you about them. If you were planning…

Narrative Cabernet Franc and Non-Fiction 2018

Two Narrative BC Reds 2018 – Concrete Fermented and Aged

 mywinepal  March 1, 2022

Narrative is a collection of wines by Okanagan Crush Pad that tells the story of what is most exciting about the Okanagan Valley: geological & climatic diversity.  The two red wines I received to review are the Narrative Cabernet Franc 2018 and Narrative Non-Fiction 2018, the latter a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.  Both are fermented and…

Karl MyWinePal with Frédéric Chaudière

Let’s Talk Wine, Viticulture and More with Frédéric Chaudière from Château Pesquié

 mywinepal  September 10, 2021

Today I have another lesser-known AOC in the southern Rhone Valley – AOC Ventoux.  You may be very familiar with one of the wineries from AOC Ventoux, Château Pesquié.  Their wine labels in solid blocks of colour should be very familiar to you when you check on the shelves in the BC Liquor Stores and elsewhere across Canada.  I have…

Haywire Garnet Valley Ranch Pinot Noir 2018 and Narrative Malbec 2018

Two Concrete and Amphora Aged Red Wines, Pinot Noir and Malbec, from Okanagan Crush Pad

 mywinepal  July 8, 2021

This summer has gone haywire with all the forest fires. I hope they get under control soon. But Haywire wine is something we can all enjoy now. I received a bottle of Okanagan Crush Pad‘s Haywire Garnet Valley Ranch Pinot Noir 2018 and their Narrative Malbec 2018 to review. Both are wines that age in concrete or clay amphora and…

Okanagan Crush Pad's Narrative Riesling 2018 and Haywire Secrest Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay 2018 with wine in glass

Let’s Have a Narrative About Riesling Before I Go Haywire With Chardonnay!

 mywinepal  June 11, 2020

Okanagan Crush Pad has a few different labels that they produce wine under.  I think they like being able to produce different styles of wines through these different labels. Two labels are Narrative and Haywire. They describe Haywire as “Haywire offers pure, lively, wines that reflect the unique cool climate terroir of Canada’s Okanagan Valley.” and Narrative as “Narrative tells…