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Haywire Winery Introduces BC Wine to Asian Community

January 13, 2014


[Summerland, BC] While many wineries in Canada hope for exports to China, few have made concentrated efforts to reach the local Asian community. Summerland based winery, Okanagan Crush Pad, owned by Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie, and home to their Haywire wine, is known and awarded for its innovation. Proving this again, for the first time, a BC winery will introduce a guide to pairing BC wines with Asian cuisine, and offer a specially labeled Haywire wine crafted for BC's Asian community to celebrate 2014 as the Year of the Horse.

Read on to learn about this special bottling, dos and don'ts for pairing, and to access recipes and photos click here.

A Special BC Wine

A limited release of only 688 bottles of the 2012 Haywire Pinot Noir ($24.90) has been labeled depicting the symbol of the horse and good fortune in celebration of the Lunar New Year and to welcome the Year of the Horse.

The wine was gently aged in old French oak barrels and bottled in its purest state and has lovely cherry aromas and fruit-forward flavours, with soft texture and light tannins. It pairs well with pepper and onion sauce pork rib as well as seared sablefish with sweet soy sauce and baby bok choy.

At the time of this release, the wine is available at the following locations, with more to come:

Lower Mainland
St. Regis Fine Wines & Spirits: 678 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
Crosstown Liquor Store: 568 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Garrison Wine & Liquor Merchants: #5 - 45555 Market Way, Chilliwack

Vancouver Island
Hotel Grand Pacific: 463 Belleville Street, Victoria
Vintage Spirits: 653 Pandora Avenue, Victoria
Village Liquor Store: #4 - 575 North Rd, Gabriola
Lucky's Liquor Store: 3296 Island Hwy North, Nanaimo

To order the wine or learn where else to find it, contact Whitney Law at the winery at 604-800-0601 or

A Delicious Initiative

Coupled with this wine release, Haywire has also developed a food and wine pairing initiative for the Asian market. The team worked with well-known food author and broadcaster Stephanie Yuen and journalist and food stylist Nathan Fong, to develop a program and guide of how to pair flavours from various parts of Asia with the flavour profiles that emerge from BC wines. The results are truly delicious and are aimed to get people to think of pairing wine with Asian cuisine both at home and while dining out.

There are misconceptions that only sweeter wines or big bold reds are the only choices that are made for Asian cuisines and entertaining situations.

Try this at home:

As an example of the program, consider Hot and Sour Soup, paired with Haywire Gewürztraminer, or Seafood and Tofu soup with Chinese chives paired with Haywire Pinot Gris. The winery has made it easy: click here for recipes by Nathan Fong, photographed by John Sherlock.

Hot Tips for At Home and Dining Out: Pairing Do's and Don'ts for Asian Cuisine

The team at Haywire has developed some basic food and wine pairing do's and don'ts to consider when picking the best wine to go with Asian cuisine for the Year of the Horse.

  • 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 counter-balances 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 deliver delicate, fruity and little residual sugar notes.

Okanagan Crush Pad Winery, located in Summerland, BC, is home to Haywire and Bartier Scholefield wines, and also makes wines for other BC vintners who are seeking to establish their own wineries. The winery team focuses on crafting natural wines that are pure expressions of the vineyards they were grown on. The winery is open seasonally June 1 to Sept. 15 and by appointment off season. For more information, visit

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