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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

Road 13 Vineyards Welcomes New Winemaker

J-M Bouchard joins Road 13 team

Road 13 Vineyards is excited to announce the arrival of their new winemaker, J-M (Jean-Martin) Bouchard to their Oliver vineyards. Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Bouchard has wine experience achieved in three wine continents. For more information about Road 13 Vineyards, visit www.road13vineyards.com.

As winemaker Michael Bartier transitions to a consultant role, Road 13 is excited to announce their new winemaker J-M Bouchard. Hailing from Montreal, Bouchard is a Canadian winemaker who has worked in cellars around the world perfecting his expertise. First enthralled by wine while working in hospitality roles, Bouchard worked in Australia and eventually studied wine science there as well. Through his work in Australia, Europe, and in the Niagara region and the Okanagan Valley, Bouchard is an international success. Road 13 Vineyards is very pleased to have him join their tight-knit team.

Owner Pam Luckhurst notes the staffing changes. “We are thrilled to have had a winemaker of Michael Bartier’s calibre for the past five years, and are happy for him that he is working towards his personal goal of having his own winery,” she says. “We wish him every success in his new venture and appreciate his assistance with our succession plan.”

“And, we are excited to have J-M join us at Road 13,” she continues. “We all know that he has big shoes to fill but we are confident that he will lead the winemaking team into the next chapter in Road 13’s story.”

Bouchard is enthusiastic about his new winemaking position at Road 13. “I am excited to join the team,” says Bouchard “I had admired the work being done here, as the winery’s approach is close to mine. Like Michael, I like to focus on non-interventionist and terroir-driven wines,” he continues. “As I transition into my role and Michael leaves, we will work together to ensure that the wines that everyone loves from Road 13 are maintained.”

About Road 13 Vineyards:

Owned by Pam and Mick Luckhurst since 2003, Road 13 Vineyards is an Okanagan sensation. The wines express the special character of the South Okanagan’s renowned Golden Mile Bench. Their motto, “it’s all about the dirt” reflects their belief that great wines start in the vineyard. The winery offers award-winning wines in three distinct tiers: a rose, and red and white blends called Honest John’s; a varietal series of red and white wines under the Road 13 label; and a premium tier of small lots and blends called Jackpot. In 2010 two premium blended wines were added to great success: Rockpile, a blend of red varieties; and Stemwinder, a blend of white varieties. Road 13 is located south of Oliver, BC on Road 13 off Highway 97. Open year round, the wine shop offers small lots and back vintages in addition to current releases. To find out more, please visitwww.road13vineyards.com.