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Haywire Wines Pinot Noir 2022 and Naramata Bench King Family Vineyard Merlot 2022

Drink Red for Summer with Haywire Wines Pinot Noir and Merlot 2022PR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  June 15, 2024  0 Comments on Drink Red for Summer with Haywire Wines Pinot Noir and Merlot 2022PR SAMPLE 

I’ve been talking about white and rosé wines lately, but we should not forget about enjoying red wines over the summary.  I have two Okanagan red wines from Haywire Wines to tell you about.  I received their Haywire Wines Pinot Noir 2022 and Haywire Wines Naramata Bench King Family Vineyard Merlot 2022 to review.  The grapes are organically grown and…

Ben Bryant at 1 Mill Road inspecting a wine barrel (Image courtesy 1 Mill Road)

An Interview with Ben Bryant from 1 Mill Road

 mywinepal  November 22, 2022

There is a constant growth in the number of new wineries in BC. One winery that I started to hear about this year is 1 Mill Road Winery, located on the Naramata Bench. They recently reached out to me for an interview. I was delighted to speak with Ben Bryant, co-owner and winemaker for 1 Mill Road. Below is my…

Foxtrot Vineyards flight of 2020 Pinot Noirs and a Chardonnay

Sampling Foxtrot Vineyards 2020 Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay

 mywinepal  August 24, 2022  1 Comment on Sampling Foxtrot Vineyards 2020 Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay

2020 was a challenging vintage in the Okanagan, with a wet, cool Spring that resulted in fewer blossoms set to form grapes.  The Summer had average temperatures, not too hot, and a later veraison.  And then the Fall was a great surprise with warm weather and no rain so that the small number of grapes that did form, ripened perfectly…

Creek & Gully Pink Lady and Newtown Granny Apple Ciders

Pink Lady and Newtown Granny Apple Ciders from Creek & Gully Cider

 mywinepal  June 24, 2022

As promised, with the start of summer and summer sunshine, I opened up two bottles of apple cider by Creek & Gully Cider from Penticton. I have their Creek & Gully Newtown Granny 2020 and their Pink Lady 2020 made from organically grown Granny Smith + Newtown-Pippin and Pink Lady apples respectively. Both ciders are sparkling made via pet-nat method….

Upper Bench Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Quick Review: Upper Bench Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

 mywinepal  October 21, 2021

I checked the 7-day weather forecast for Vancouver, and it is RAIN every day. So time for me to open a big red wine. In this case, I opened the Upper Bench Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017. It is 4 years old already and has many years left in it. This wine does have 5% Merlot in the blend to…

Mayhem Wines Rosé and Pinot Gris 2020 in cans

Pinot Gris or Rosé in a Can To Go from Mayhem Wines

 mywinepal  May 15, 2021

Canned wines in BC seem to be the next big thing. I see many either on BC winery websites or other vendor sites. This week I tried my 2nd and 3rd BC canned wines. The Mayhem Wines Rosé 2020 and Pinot Gris 2020. They come in 250 ml cans. As it was a sunny day when I tried these two…

Roche Wines Tradition Pinot Gris 2018 and Texture Pinot Gris 2020

Two New Pinot Gris from Roche Wines – What’s the Difference?

 mywinepal  May 5, 2021

I have two organically farmed Pinot Gris from Roche Wines, both coming from their Kozier Organic Vineyard located north of their winery on the Naramata Bench. Their 2018 Tradition Pinot Gris comes under cork with a heavier glass bottle, while their 2020 Texture Pinot Gris has a lighter bottle and is under screwcap. I spoke with Dylan Roche about the…

Skip Stothert from Coolshanagh and Karl MyWinePal

My Interview with Skip Stothert from Coolshanagh – Inspired by Burgundy

 mywinepal  April 16, 2021

To follow up on my tasting notes for the Coolshanagh Chardonnay 2017, I had a chance to interview Skip Stothert, owner, about some of the history of this winery and how COVID has affected them.  Enjoy. My Interview with Skip Stothert Karl: What were you doing at the winery or your plans when we had the COVID 19 shut down…

Naramata Bench Wineries Association logo

Staying Home with Naramata Wines

 mywinepal  March 27, 2020

Are you getting low on your BC wine supply at home?  I think most BC wineries are offering online shopping and delivery of their wines to you.  I was reminded of this by the Naramata Bench Wineries Association.  There is everything you may want here; big bold reds, delicate Pinot Noir, aromatic whites, and cheese! Yes, one winery here also…

Upper Bench Winery's latest wine and Grey Baby cheese

Getting the Goods on Upper Bench’s Wine and Cheese

 mywinepal  December 3, 2017

If you have never tried wines from Upper Bench Winery & Creamery from the Naramata Bench you should. They are a small, family-run winery, owning 7 acres of vineyards, is naturally farmed, and takes a minimalist approach to winemaking; using indigenous yeast where possible.  I have been tasting their wines for the past few years and I always enjoy the…