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Haywire Lunar New Year White 2013

Haywire-LunarWhiteAnother great wine for food with a touch of spice is the Haywire Lunar White in which the winery blends Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, and Viognier to create a harmonious bottle of noodle-worthy wine. You’ll find aromas of peach, tropical fruit, and floral notes and similar fresh flavours along with pink grapefruit, lychee and some zippy acidity. Great with seafood.

pH: 3.66 | TA: 5.90 | RS: 4.70 | Alc %: 12.9
SKU: 538793 | Price: $19.90

Haywire Lunar New Year Red 2012

Haywire-2012LunarRedWe recently celebrated Lunar New Year with dim sum and sipped on this wonderfully paired Haywire Lunar Red. Made from Gamay Noir grapes and a touch of  Syrah, this wine has aromas of plum and raspberry along with some chocolate and spice. On the palate there is jammy raspberry and red currant flavours along with soft tannins, spice and juicy acidity.

pH: 3.92 | TA: 5.50 | RS: 10.0 | Alc %: 12.6

SKU: 738781 | Price: $22.90


Fraiche Restaurant Hosts Haywire Wines

5 course dinner will showcase warm weather cooking and grilling techniques. Each course will be paired with select wines from Haywire and Bartier Scholefield Wineries. Master wine maker Michael Bartier will discuss the wines and Chef Alvarez will explain his philosophy on the choice of dishes being served.

May 16, 2012 | 6:30 pm

Tickets $95 (tax and gratuity not included)
and includes the opportunity to win a case of OCP wine (value $240).

Call 604.925.7595 for reservations

Beachside forno features north shore winery owners

Five-course tasting menu hosted by Kurtis Kolt

‘Know Your Neighbours’  – Tuesday, July 26, 6:30pm

Spend the evening at Beachside Forno for another fun, food and wine-fuelled evening.   The second in a series of summer wine evenings designed and led by Vancouver’s affable and charming wine luminary, Kurtis Kolt, Beachside invites you to get to “know your neighbours.”

On Tuesday, July 26, at 6:30 pm, guests are invited to join us for a 5-course dinner paired to the wines of our talented North Shore neighbours.  Featuring Haywire Winery, Tantalus Vineyards and Painted Rock Vineyards,  get to know a few of the proprietors that are putting BC wines on the map.

“All this wine talent in Beachside’s own backyard,” says Kolt.  “Some exceptional winery owners and industry leaders live right here on the North Shore – definitely something worth celebrating.”

An accomplished and well-respected wine educator, consultant and judge, Kolt has a brand new wine column in the Westender and is a contributing writer to Wine Access magazine.  Recent career recognition includes being named “Sommelier of the Year” by both the 2010 Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival and Vancouver magazine, and being included as one of Western Canada’s “Top 40 Foodies Under 40” by Western Living magazine.

Tickets for this one-of-a-kind wine dinner are $65 per person and include all wine pairings (tax & gratuity not included). Purchase tickets in advance by dropping into Beachside Forno or by calling 604.926.3332.

Mark your calendar for the final summer wine evening led by Kolt.  On Tuesday, August 30, get a crash course in the finer points of “Old World vs. New World” in a more traditional sit-down dinner format.  All events will offer a taste of the unexpected and, of course, a good time!

Beachside Forno is a fun and friendly casual dining experience in West Vancouver’s Ambleside neighbourhood that capitalizes on the unbeatable seaside location and the talented chef’s local, regional and sustainable sensibilities.  A longt ime Ambleside neighbourhood favourite, Beachside Forno is an ideal spot for a romantic cocktail, friendly lunch, gatherings for family and friends and, of course, to watch the sunset from the seasonal patio.

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Okanagan Crush Pad Winery Launches for Custom Crush

A new Okanagan Valley custom crush facility will open its cellar in Summerland for crush 2011

Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie are pleased to announce the formation of a custom crush winery,Okanagan Crush Pad at their 10-acre Switchback Vineyard in Summerland, BC. Construction is underway on a new 7,750-square-foot facility, which will be ready for the 2011 harvest. WinemakerMichael Bartier will head cellar operations aided by internationally renowned consulting winemakerAlberto Antonini and wine advisor David ScholefieldOkanagan Crush Pad Winery will ultimately have the capacity to produce 25,000 cases annually. The licensed winery has been designed to facilitate production of multiple small lots of wine from many different sources. In addition to being the home of Haywire Winery, Okanagan Crush Pad is home to a new wine, which is a partnership between Bartier and Scholefield and set to be released in June 2011. Okanagan Crush Pad’s first client is Rhys Pender, a Similkameen grape grower, wine instructor, and Master of Wine, who will be using Okanagan Crush Pad to make the first wine from his Cawston vineyar

Okanagan Crush Pad Winery, set in Summerland, BC at Switchback Vineyard, offers a wide range of services for people new to the wine industry or those seeking fresh ideas. The facility will be the new home of Haywire, which launched in 2009. For more information, visit www.okanagancrushpad.com or contact Christine Coletta at 604-802-9005 or Alison Scholefield at 604-800-3738.

Haywire Winery

Haywire Winery is the well tended wine project brought to us from marketing consultant Christine Coletta her husband, Steve Lornie, a well-known construction manager.  David Scholefield is the winery’s consultant and, as anyone in the BC wine industry knows, he comes with a bank full of applicable knowledge and industry connections.

On the winemaking side, the first vintage (2009) was made by Michael Bartier (previously at Road 13).  In August 2010 the winery added some international flair as Alberto Antonini joined the team as the oenologist.  Antonini studied in Bordeaux and at UC Davis and has names such as Antinori, Frescobaldi and Mondavi on his resume.  Antonini and Mark Wendenburg combined forces to make the 2010 vintage and for 2011 Bartier will be back in the wine cellar with Antonini.

In 2005 Haywire purchased an old orchard in Summerland with the mindset to plant vineyards and produce quality vino in the area, a region which had already proven to yield quality grapes and produce wines of distinction.

In 2010 a 2009 Pinot Gris was released and there will be more of this varietal in 2010, along with some Pinot Noir made from grapes grown in the Skaha region, close to Penticton.

Coletta and Lornie named the vineyard Switchback to celebrate the switch from losing money as apple growers to losing money as grape growers. This mixed up logic is why they have called the winery “Haywire”, referring to the mangled manner in which hay is bailed.

Let’s hope they at least have fun doing this, and while they may jest about financial loss, the pair are planners and I can’t imagine this couple randomly stepping out into anything other than a venture that looked profitable in some manner – perhaps even financial.

Coletta Consultants, Christine’s company, has successful and more importantly, creatively, marketed many other BC Wineries.  With some descent growing seasons and care in the vineyards, this up-and-coming winery will be one to watch, and the chance for Coletta to directly apply the knowledge she previously only shared with others.

Haywire Winery Pinot Gris 2009

A light-bodied and fresh number, the first from this Okanagan Winery.  Floral, green apple and peach aromas with flavours of lemon, lime, apple, peach.  A somewhat tart finish, this is a typical Gris from younger vines.  With another year to develop, these plants should produce wines of more depth, but there’s nothing preventing you from enjoying the inaugural vintage with some fresh oysters – accompany with a granny smith mignonette and you’re set for patio weather.

Technical Information:

Vintage: 2009
Status: VQA
Vineyard: Switchback
Variety: 100% Pinot Gris
Clone: 52
Fermentation: 100% Stainless Steel

Alcohol: 13.0
pH: 3.29
RS: 1.3
T.A.: 7.60


The Haywire Winery team is pleased to announce that Alberto Antonini has agreed to act as consulting oenologist for British Columbia’s newest winery.

Antonini toured the Okanagan Valley for the first time this past weekend, visiting vineyards (including the Switchback Vineyard and Hollenbach Vineyard) and working with owners Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie, and advisor David Scholefield to finalize winery construction plans and wine making protocols. Antonini was lured to the region by Scholefield, a long-time colleague and friend who has dreamed for years of finding the right place for Antonini to make wine in Canada.

“We are both delighted and humbled to have a person of Alberto’s global stature working with us here in the Okanagan,” Coletta said. “We were overawed at first. But hearing Alberto say ‘it’s essential to make wines that talk of the land, that have a sense of place and are more related to the people and their stories’ was very reassuring and validating after decades of hearing David Scholefield talk about ‘place not grape!’ and ‘wine is narrative!’ We know that the Okanagan has a great story to tell, and we know that Alberto is the perfect person to help us tell it.”

Alberto Antonini was born near Florence, Italy, and earned a doctorate degree in agricultural studies from the University of Florence. He later studied oenology at the Université de Bordeaux and UC Davis. His experience includes working as senior winemaker at Antinori and Frescobaldi in Tuscany, and at Robert Mondavi, Au Bon Climat and Qupé in California. He and partner Attilio Pagli founded the hugely influential consulting agency Gruppo Matura in 1996. Today, Antonini consults in many wine regions in Italy, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, California, South Africa, Portugal, Spain and Australia. At home in Tuscany, he lives at Poggiotondo, his 50-hectare estate in the western hills of Chianti, with his wife and three children.

Haywire Winery is located in Summerland, BC, where owners Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie established Switchback Vineyard in 2006. Their inaugural release, a 2009 Pinot Gris, hits the Vancouver market in August 2010. David Scholefield is a key member of the Haywire team, acting as wine advisor and industry liaison. His vast experience and invaluable relationships in the international wine community bring a fresh perspective to wine making in the Okanagan Valley. For more information visit www.haywirewinery.com.

To learn more about Haywire Winery, visit www.haywirewinery.com

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Haywire Winery Launched


In short:

After more than 20 years guiding the strategic and marketing activities of wineries from BC and beyond, industry consultant Christine Coletta, along with her husband Steve Lornie, is launching Haywire Winery. Their first wine will be a 2009 Pinot Gris from the duo’s Switchback Vineyard located in Summerland, British Columbia (CSPC#147009 $22.90).

In full:

For Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie, the snap decision to purchase an unproductive 10-acre orchard in Summerland, BC, followed by the progression to planting grapes and ultimately making wine, has been a long journey with many twists and turns.

“It was never our intention to make wine, but as we got further into the project – financially and emotionally – something took hold and gave our common sense a good shake,” remarked Coletta, who is never above a good laugh at her own expense. “We have managed to hold on to our sense of humour about our move into the winery game, but we are very serious about the wine we will be making. This is the beginning of something: we hope our wine will sit proudly next to the other great wines made in the Okanagan Valley.”

On a whim, Coletta and Lornie bought an old orchard in 2005, but one season of growing Red Delicious apples and apricots that were unsuitable for canning or hand eating was enough for both. They planted the entire site to Pinot Gris in 2006 and settled back, keen on merely growing grapes and keeping their day jobs. They optimistically named the vineyard “Switchback”, to celebrate the switch from losing money as orchardists to losing money as grape growers. Coletta noted, “It will take seven years of profit to pay for the tractor alone.”

Along the way, they received interesting and conflicting advice from friends and industry associates. To Lornie, who has run a construction company for 30 years, it appears there is no wrong way to do anything, just hundreds of right ways. “Really, on a daily basis, seasoned professionals would arm-wrestle their points until we were all downright dizzy,” Lornie commented. “So when it came time to name the winery, ’Haywire‘ seemed an obvious choice.”

The expression ‘haywire’ is derived from the wire, once used for baling hay, which tended to tangle in a chaotic way. The term also aptly describes Coletta and Lornie’s transition from city slickers to farmers to winery owners, which they have chronicled in a journal available on the winery’s website www.haywirewinery.com.

This year, they will release a small lot of 2009 Pinot Gris from their Switchback Vineyard (CSPC#147009 $22.90), with wine style being directed by David Scholefield. With three decades of experience in the wine industry and an international reputation for his palate and knowledge, Scholefield has been instrumental in convincing Coletta and Lornie of the potential of their vineyard site and encouraged them to take the leap into winemaking. Scholefield will remain actively involved as a spokesperson and advisor. He is currently selecting a consulting winemaker.

Looking forward, more Switchback Vineyard Pinot Gris will come from the 2010 harvest, along with a Pinot Noir sourced from friend Fritz Hollenbach’s Skaha vineyard in Penticton. Down the road, Haywire Winery hopes to add a rosé and a sparkling wine; but whatever the mix, it will be small lots.

Christine Coletta has been in the wine industry for more than 20 years, where her role evolved from implementing BC’s VQA program to strategic brand planning, marketing wine regions and promoting wineries big and small. With Haywire Winery, she will finally have the chance to personally test her own marketing skills. She will still consult to others through Coletta & Associates, a Vancouver-based wine marketing and communications partnership.

As its sales agency, Haywire Winery has appointed Landmark Selections of North Vancouver. This medium-sized British Columbia wine agency is operated by partners Chris Perry, Dean Davis and Jaime Kowan. Landmark Selections now sells over 65,000 cases a year in British Columbia and is highly respected in the trade.

To learn more about Haywire Winery, visit  www.haywirewinery.com or connect on Twitter @haywirewine.

Haywire is represented by Landmark Selections 604-986-4000

Media Contact: Leeann Froese, Coletta & Associates 604-800-0603 | leeann@ccltd.ca