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May 25, 2012

Feenie Goes Haywire

We are so excited to finally be able to share the news that we have been working in partnership with the team at Haywire Winery to launch our new wines: Feenie goes Haywire! Two wines, a custom-blended red and white, were made at Okanagan Crush Pad in Summerland, BC by winemaker Michael Bartier, with collaboration from Cactus’ Executive Chef Rob Feenie, and Cactus beverage manager Sam Savari and service director Sebastien Le Goff. Available exclusively at Cactus Club Cafe locations, the wines will cost between $36 and $40 a bottle.

“When we were deciding what to name the wines we knew we wanted to honour the relationship between Rob and Christine, as well as celebrate the already existing Haywire label,” shares Le Goff. “Also, we all recognize that in a kitchen it can get a bit ‘haywire’, so the name “Feenie goes Haywire” fit the bill.”

Christine Coletta met Rob Feenie years ago on a winery tour of the Okanagan. In the years since, a wonderful professional relationship was formed, and we are so proud that Rob selected the Haywire Pinot Gris as the accompaniment to his Gold Medal winning dish in the 2011 Vancouver Gold Medal Plates. We have come to learn over the years that Rob’s passion for food aligns with our commitment to making wine, so when it came time to create a signature wine for Cactus, it came together naturally. You can try the following “Feenie Goes Haywire” starting May 27, 2012:

We suggest the following “Feenie Goes Haywire” wine pairings:

  •   The Feenie Goes Haywire 2011 White, an aromatic and floral blend made from Gewürztraminer and a touch of Chardonnay, makes a great match for Korean style lettuce wraps, lingcod fish tacos, or the butternut squash and prawn ravioli.
  • The Feenie Goes Haywire 2008 Red, made from a bold blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah, offers a full mouth feel with red fruit and smoky notes, and is dynamite with burgers, peppercorn New York strip loin, or a short rib sandwich:


The Feenie Goes Haywire wines were featured on Shaw TV’s Urban Rush in a segment with Cactus Club chef Rob Feenie and sommelier Sebastien Le Goff on Monday. They featured both the Feenie Goes Haywire White and Red, as well as tasting the Bartier Scholefield Rosé on camera. Host Michael Eckford called the rosé “stunning.” Check out the clip below!