Dirty Laundry Vineyard’s (DLV) new full-time winemaker Mason Spink is excited about his 2013 wines. Spink’s first solo vintage with DLV have the same consistently delicious style made popular by former winemaker Phil Soo, but this time, they’re employing the easy-access of screw caps on all  wines.

Spink was head winemaker at See Ya Later Ranch winery, before taking on his craftsmanship role at DLV this past August. He enjoys the authentic, boutique-style approach of his new job, saying, “so far, so good! It’s a small team who work hard. It’s real winemaking, real cellar work. Everything is hand-done.” A feat of passionate winemaking, considering their annual production now exceeds 19,000 cases!

This spring, DLV will be participating in a number of events in BC and Alberta. Supporting cancer research, the winery is a proud sponsor of the Kids for Cancer event in Calgary this March and the 10th annual Daffodil Ball at Sparkling Hills Resort April 26. Visit DLV at various festivals, events, and their Summerland wine shop (open year-round, special spring hours) – updates and tasting room hours available on their absolutely fabulous website: www.dirtylaundry.ca.

2013 Secret Affair $19.99
“Quality-wise, this one’s outstanding!” raves Spink. Really nice grassy notes from the Sauvignon Blanc, tropical character from the Gewürztraminer, and rich, mid-palate tannins from Viognier make this a remarkable blend. Thankfully, DLV has quadrupled production.. hopefully it will be available a little while longer in the wine shop this season (last year’s vintage sold out in 5 weeks)! A saucy little number herself, Secret Affair has a sexy red sibling, just waiting behind closed curtains…prepare for her unveiling next issue!

2012 Kay Syrah $25.99
Imparting traditional techniques from the Côtes du Rhône, this wine is a stand-out. Smooth and sensual, a wonderful wine to share only with really good friends…with benefits.

~ Sarah Willard


NOTE: There was an error in our ON THE COVER story in the winter edition of Food & Wine Trails Magazine. We did not provide the correct story about how the Dirty Laundry brand was created. Please see the correct version at www.winetrails.ca