THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH AT DIRTY LAUNDRY VINEYARD

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THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH AT DIRTY LAUNDRY VINEYARD

By Roslyne Buchanan.

Borrowing loosely from the lyrics of the old Herman’s Hermits tune, there’s a kind of Hush at Dirty Laundry Vineyard in Summerland. To come clean about it, there are now two selections in Winemaker Mason Spinks’ line of Hush.

Box set of Hush White and Rosé at Dirty Laundry Vineyard. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

White Hush was unveiled in October by Director of Sales and Marketing Paul Sawler on a gorgeous autumn day on the Patio at Dirty Laundry with Spinks on hand to speak to the winemaking. Amid a backdrop of fall splendour in the vineyards, guests at the exclusive release party were treated to generous pours of the new White Hush paired with cheese and selections of Dirty Laundry’s delicious Forno pizza and accompanied by the music of talented Mandy Cole. There was also an opportunity to clean up on some great door prizes featuring local partners. Plus, you could head inside to browse the merchandise and hear a Summerland history lesson during complimentary tastings of other Dirty Laundry wines.

Couldn’t wait for a bite of Forno oven pizza at Dirty Laundry Vineyard. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

The Hush White joins the wildly popular Hush Rosé 2018, which is a blend of Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet combined with a cold soak of Pinot Gris on skins for 12 to 24 hours to maximize colour extraction and aromatics. With a delicate pink hue, it’s crisp and dry with bright and balanced acidity displaying ripe strawberries and pink grapefruit.

Checking out the merchandise and tasting bar at Dirty Laundry Vineyard. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

This latest creation of Hush White 2018 blends Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc grapes sourced from Dirty Laundry’s Summerland vineyards. Move over Rosé because when you put White Hush to your lips “the only sound that you will hear” is wine lovers “fallin’ in love”. What’s not to love about a well-balanced blend with aromas of pear, lemon, honey and herbs? Flavours feature Meyer lemon, orchard fruit flavours and a hint of honey with an immediate effervescence on your tongue.

Grapes in the Dirty Laundry Vineyard of Summerland. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

The label, of course, is in keeping with Dirty Laundry’s mischievous theming. On the back of the bottle it states: “During the gold rush era, our town’s laundry seemed innocent enough. Little did anyone know of the naughty business that went on behind the scenes. Perhaps it is best that we keep this little-known part of Summerland history as hush-hush.”

Colourful and inviting tasting room at Dirty Laundry Vineyard. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

Provocative short quotes by famous personalities such as Mae West, Burt Reynolds and Rita Hayworth adorn the bottle in curvaceous lines just as on the Hush Rosé. The price point, too, won’t wrinkle your shirt at $18.99 for the Hush White, $19.99 for Hush Rosé.

Lauren Selfridge, Dirty Laundry Vineyard, is testament the tasting room is fun. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

Visiting the tasting room is always fun and tasty. Wine competition awards and TripAdvisor accolades confirm the wines are well crafted and a great addition to any cellar.

A covered tasting bar on the Patio also offers “Laundry Suds” craft beer available by the glass and in. Brewed by Bridge Brewing in North Vancouver especially for Dirty Laundry, the lineup includes Dirty Blond Kolsch, Brunette IPA, Red Head Wheat Ale, Full House Pale Ale, Scantily Clad Pale Ale, and Peaches and Cream.

Signage at Dirty Laundry Vineyard in Summerland leverages the laundry theme. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

Activities such as live music on the Patio, lobster dinners and elevated tastings get put stashed with the linens in the fall so check dirtylaundry.ca and plan now to include it to your summer itinerary. Don’t miss Bottleneck’s Drive Light Up the Vines festivities, November 23, and November 30 and December 1.

bottleneckdrive.com/events/light-up-the-vines/) in which Dirty Laundry is a keen player.

Featured photo: Covered tasting bar on the Patio at Dirty Laundry Vineyard offers “Laundry Suds” craft beer. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

 

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Roslyne Buchanan (aka Roz) Roslyne Buchanan is a regular freelance contributor to food, travel, wine, home and lifestyle magazines. Her work has appeared in Food & Wine Trails, WestJet Magazine, OpenRoad Driver, Savour, Niche, Destinations Travel Magazine, My Van City, and blog.hellobc.com. Based above BC’s Naramata Bench in Penticton, she enjoys spectacular views of forests, vineyards, lakes, and hills beyond and regular visits from wildlife. Enchanted by the food and beverage industry and all things culinary as well as recreational pursuits such as travel, golfing, skiing, hiking, tennis and snorkeling. For her it’s the perfect balance to pursue her passion for writing with integrity and joy to share firsthand experiences. Most of her adventures are shared with her husband, Mark and when they’re not out exploring, they are managed by two felines Baja and Floyd. Find her personal blog at www.rozsmallfry.com, follow her on twitter @RozDB and Instagram @roslynebuchanan

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