Summerland’s Dirty Laundry Vineyard (DLV) is a must-see destination winery along the Bottleneck Drive wine route. Its appeal has grown from local to national cult-winery status (and beyond, check them out on www.tripadvisor.ca)!
Marketing manager Judi Skinner says, “2013 has been another fabulous year. We’ve broken sales records all year long, our new website is a total success, and we’ve ramped up production to 20,000 cases.”
Whether success (or sexiness?) inspired him, DLV is thrilled to have winemaker Mason Spinks (of See Ya Later Ranch) on board. An award-winning vintner in his own right,  Spinks is working alongside consulting winemaker Phil Soo to produce the coveted DLV brand.
“It’s great working here,” says Spinks. “2013 is going to be a great vintage.”
Spinks is helping create DLV’s newest wine: a blend of Merlot and Malbec perfect for those accustomed to the sweeter styles from Australia and Argentina.  Although the name is a secret, this red counterpoints DLV’s new “Secret Affair” white blend, which sold out five weeks after it’s inaugural release.
With the holiday season fast approaching, DLV has tempting gift ideas for every palate and persuasion. In addition to wines, there are fashionable, sexy, and oft-times humorous wine accessories, clothing, and so much more available on their easy-access website www.dirtylaundry.ca and wine shop. The wine shop is open for tasting and purchase until the end of December, check website for winter hours.

2012 Say Yes Pinot Gris $21.99
This Christmas, Judi Skinner wants a bottle of this,  “while wearing nothing but a ‘bling’ apron (from DLV’s on-line & Summerland store) as I’m cooking the Christmas turkey.”

2010 Bordello $41.99
Winemaker Mason Spinks is asking Santa for this bottle, saying “we need to treat ourselves to something special – it’s also a nice relief after shopping!”

~ Sarah Willard

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