Happy Wine Wednesday! It’s time for our 2nd annual Rosé Smack Down!
The Gloves are Off for a Rosé Smack Down
Michael Bartier and David Scholefield are once again defending their favourite rosés. Michael Bartier is on team Haywire while David Scholefield is putting up a fight for Bartier Scholefield. Here’s what they have to say about their favourite rosés:
Michael Bartier on the Haywire Rosé:
Wine should be judged on its ability to evoke and articulate its origin. The 2011 Haywire Gamay Noir Rosé is a wine of the Okanagan Valley, specifically the Secrest Mountain Vineyard. Being from there, we know it is grown in glacial till rich in minerals, with calcium carbonate, granite, and basalt present.
Our lexicon includes the words “fresh”, “pristine”, “beautiful”, “clean”, “bright”, “crisp”, “bountiful”, “refreshing”, and so on.
With the Gamay Noir Rosé, we have a wine with aromas of minerality, fresh berries and tree fruits, and with a remarkable and pristine refreshing structure. To conclude if this is a great wine or not, I’ll simply refer to a quote from a great man, “Great wine articulates, great wine evokes, and of course, great wine tastes great.”
David Scholefield on the Bartier Scholefield Rosé:
For us in the Okanagan, if place matters, rosé matters.
We believe that Okanagan rosé can be one of the world’s classic cool-climate wine styles, proving once and for all that rosé can be very much more than sweet, concocted ‘vino-pop’.
BS Rosé is 100% Gamay, always destined to be pink not red, with the belief that rosé is the highest and best use of this fruit. The wine is lipsmackingly crisp, with tangy, cranberry/raspberry fruit and a lovely leafy/earthy undertone. Like all great rosés, it has the tannic grip that proclaims seriousness; but it also has the astonishing glossy texture that makes great rosé such a joy to drink, and finishes with a sage-y savoury note that is pure Okanagan DNA.
Who will win this battle? You be the judge!
Can you beat our #selfies?! We are collecting selfies for your chance to win great prizes from Okanagan Crush Pad! Take a photo of yourself with your favourite Haywire or Bartier Scholefield Rosé. Post your picture to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #rosesmackdown. The top three pictures that gain the most likes will each win a prize. Spread the word and get your friends and family selfie-ing!
Here’s how you can try our wines & have fun doing it
Thursday, April 10 – 5pm – Summerland, BC
Mike West will be at Local Lounge & Grille pouring Okanagan Crush Pad wines for Girls Night Out! Compete against your fellow friends in a blindfold wine tasting competition and win a spectacular prize There’s no better way to spend a Thursday night!!
Friday, April 11 – 4pm to 7pm – Vancouver, BC
Rebeka Eriksson, Okanagan Crush Pad’s newest team member, will be doing an in-store tasting at Legacy Liquor Store! Try our Bartier Scholefield White 2011, Haywire Pinot Noir 2012, and Haywire Switchback Pinot Gris 2012!
Saturday, April 12 – 8:30pm to 11:30pm – Vancouver, BC
The Vancouver team will be at Aveda for a special fundraising event, Celebration for Water! Come taste Haywire, Bartier Scholefield, and Bartier Bros. wines! This is also a great chance to take a #selfie for our Rosé Smack Down contest. Tickets are available here.
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