Happy CNY everyone! How is the start of your Year of the Monkey? It’s been a great start with our family, having our annual tradition of a home-cooked holiday meal with my traditional visit with BBQ Duck.

Okanagan Crush Pad’ s Haywire Winery returns for the third annual release of Lunar New Year Red and White wines, this time in celebration of the Year of the Monkey.

Made from Gamay Noir and Syrah, the Lunar Red is fresh and juicy on the palate with slight carmel notes. Loaded with meaty, white pepper aromas and a long, earthy finish, this wine is best enjoyed with stir fried vegetables, grilled sable fish or BBQ duck. 

The food highlight from my family gatherings is the ability to pick up a freshly HK style BBQ duck. With this red blend, this is our overall impression of it from a tasting from a group of avid winos and novice wine-drinkers: