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BC winery introduces wine for Chinese New Year


For the first time ever, a BC winery has released a wine specifically for the Chinese New Year.

A limited release (688 bottles) of the 2012 Haywire Pinot Noir’s beautiful yellow and red label features symbols of the horse and good fortune, to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year, and to welcome the Year of the Horse.

I haven’t tried the wine yet, but according to the winemaker’s tasting notes, it “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 choi.”

Alas, not yet for sale in Alberta, it can be found in BC at  St. Regis Fine Wines & SpiritsCrosstown Liquor StoreGarrison Wine & Liquor Merchants in Vancouver; and on Vancouver Island, at Hotel Grand PacificVintage Spirits, Village Liquor Store and Lucky’s Liquor Store. For more information, click here. To order the limited-edition bottling, contact Whitney Law at 1-604-800-0601 or email

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British TV show adds its name to celebrity wine

Oh, they’re everywhere these days: Sting, Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, Nascar guys, golfers, you name it.

And TV shows are getting in on the action, too. Downton Abbey — the hit British TV drama set in post-Edwardian England — now has an official wine. Well, two. (The show just wrapped up its fourth season; a fifth is in the works.)

The Downton Abbey wine collection is made by fifth-generation winemaker Jean-Marc Dulong, of Dulong Grand Vins, a family-owned winery in Bordeaux, France.


The 2012 claret (Of course it’s called a claret! It’s an English TV show!) is from Entre-Deux-Mers, and is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Pair with hard cheese, stews or red meats. I haven’t tried it but it’s so young — 2012 vintage, according to the site. I’d definitely decant it for a while. Or stick it in the cellar if you prefer.

And the white — a 2012 Bordeaux Blanc — is a blend of Muscadelle and Semillon grapes. If you get a chance to try it, expect notes of tangerine and apricots; it’ll pair with goat cheese dishes, shellfish or fish dishes, or simply enjoy chilled by itself as an aperitif.

The wines were announced a couple of months ago, but I only heard about them recently. Alas, as far as I know, neither wine is widely available. Nor do they come with a butler to serve them for you…although that would be a rather novel addition to the otherwise saturated celeb wine market.  Track them down in your travels, and let me know what you think, or contact the creators by clicking here.



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