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:
Easy to drink
No crazy after-taste
For a non-wine drinker – not offensive to a sensitive palette
Easy to share
Need pairing tips from Okanagan Crush Pad?
Do bear the overall flavour of the dish in mind when seeking a wine to go with Asian food, instead of paying attention to the base ingredients.
The acidity in sparkling wines and bubbles pairs very well with a wide selection of food. When in doubt, grab the bubbles.
Aromatic, sweeter wines pair well with hotter, spicier dishes.
Crispier, drier whites enhance lighter dishes without overpowering the flavour and texture.
Reds with light or moderate oak go well with soy or oyster based dishes.
Juicy, fruit-forward reds with depth and complexity match nicely with intense flavoured dishes, deep-fried or braised.
Acidity and sugar are good counterbalances to spices so look for those in a wine that will stand up to fiery dishes.
Pork, mushrooms, bean paste or hoisin sauce can conflict with red wines with dry tannins; look for red wines with little or no oak that delivers delicate, fruity and little residual sugar notes.
Okanagan Crush Pad, producer of Haywire and Narrative, has quickly built a reputation as a premium winery and has received unprecedented awards and accolades with chief winemaker Matt Dumayne at the helm. Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie built Okanagan Crush Pad in scenic Summerland, BC, on Switchback Organic Vineyard, a site that is home to roaming sheep, chickens and ducks. Dumayne crafts natural wines using state-of-the-art concrete tanks, native yeast and minimal additives. The wines reflect the region’s unique high mountain/northern desert setting noted for its intensely hot, short growing season with hallmark cool evenings. In their constant pursuit of innovation, the team added a line of wine-based spirits under the Narrative label in 2015. Visitors discover a guest center, built into the heart of the winery, offering a rare glance into the art of winemaking and a place where they can sample and purchased a wide range of wines and spirits.