Rare wines from Naramata at Coolshanagh

Using hand-picked grapes from a northern vineyard site off Naramata Bench, Coolshanagh which means a meeting place of friends, is making incredible single varietal Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. These are special, rare and limited wines that contain pure expressions of terroir from this region and are a must try!

The 2016 Chardonnay is aged in two separate ways: (1) a percentage were whole cluster pressed into new oak puncheons to ferment (2) the remainder were fermented in a concrete egg. The wine went through minimal handling and had lees stirring and bottling without fining or filtration. This elegant wine has aromas of straw, green apple and lychee.

The 2017 Pinot Noir was fermented using 50% whole cluster in two 600L vinification barrels before basket pressing and neutral oak aging. Like the Chardonnay, this wine was bottled without fining or filtration. On the palate, fresh plum flavours and bright acidity.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the fundraising events for the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) were cancelled. The BCHF relies heavily on funding from these events and Coolshanagh is trying to help raise funds by donating $10 per case sold to the cause.

To order your case today, please contact Trialto at orders.bc.rialto.com or call 778-331-8992.

OK Crush Pad presents Bizou+Yukon

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Okanagan Crush Pad is located in Summerland, BC and is home to Haywire, Narrative and Free Form wines. Led by powerhouse Christine Colleta, they have been changing the BC Wine scene since its inception in 2011 and guess what, they’ve done it again. They’ve become the first BC winery to devote an entire brand and concept after their furry friends, with fun stories and all!

When Okanagan Crush Pad opened its doors, it was the first custom crush facility in Canada and has been known for use of different types of vessels in their winemaking process, including large format tanks from Italy and concrete eggs from California.  With a few awesome brands under their belt, they decided to do something completely new (and fun!) and started a new brand featuring their two beloved Great Lyrenees, Bizou + Yukon.


Bizou + Yukon represents the only two dogs (that I know of!) that turned  their vineyard roaming paws into cellar hands! The brand features three different wines- a white, rose and red- each with a  colourful costum-illustraed label (there’s 12 different ones!) that relates back to their homeland, Summerlandia and the ranch where these two live, play and explore the magical world around them.

The approachable, easy-sipping and enjoyable wines in this collection include:

  • Savvy Gris is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris made with wild yeast in concrete tanks.
  • Pinkie Rose is a mix of several white and red wine varieties from the Okanagan. This is a perfect patio sipper for summer!
  • Savvy Franc is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc made with wild yeast in concrete tanks. I enjoyed the Savvy Franc this past weekend with Tuscan style BBQ chicken and it was delicious- a great wine to compliment your BBQ feast!

These wines are available now as a mixed case only, direct from the winery for $275 per case (with taxes and a $20 shipping credit). Once the winery re-opens, these wines will be available for purchase by the bottle at Okanagan Crush Pad! A perfect bottle to open up with your dog-loving friends or if you appreciate a fun approach to BC Wine!!

Cheers to the team at Okanagan Crush Pad who are always thinking outside the box and developing creative, fun ways to celebrate what BC wine has to offer.