For Mothers Who Like Wine

April 30th, 2012

Anyone whose mother likes wine need worry no more about how to celebrate Mother’s Day. Treat mom to a day of wine tasting on the Olympic Peninsula.

Mother's Day wine tasting Olympic Peninsula

Nice weather? Treat mom to a picnic on the beach.

Eight Washington State Wineries and Cideries call the Olympic Peninsula home. Some of the wines they produce are made from grapes and other fruits grown right here, on the peninsula. Come learn all about what they do during a Mother’s Day outing.

Have fun finding your favorite wines. Do you and Mom prefer sweet whites or robust reds? Perhaps you like dry whites or softer reds. Have you tried artisinal hard cider?

Make a weekend of it so you can take your time and wine taste at your leisure. Stay in a hotel overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Port Townsend, a vacation rental in Sequim, or a historic Bed and Breakfast in Port Townsend. Discover the many fine restaurants that call the Olympic Peninsula home: the Alderwood Bistro in Sequim; Fins Coastal Cuisine in Port Townsend; the Ajax Cafe in Port Hadlock. Get picnic fixings at the Port Townsend Farmer’s Market, or the Chimacum Corner Store.

You’ll find many varietals at our member Olympic Peninsula Wineries. Help your mom find her favorite during a Mother’s Day weekend wine tasting extravaganza!

 

Visit a Marine Sanctuary

April 22nd, 2012

The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary encompasses 135 miles of coastline. It’s located on the Olympic Peninsula, in the northwest corner of Washington State, and much of it is remote and wild. We’re fortunate to live and work so close to this national treasure.

Kalaloch Sunset - Olympic National Park

Sunset at Kalaloch, in the Olympic National Park.

Many of the people who visit our 8 member Olympic Peninsula Wineries and Cideries are either coming from- or going to- the coast. They come from the greater Seattle area and they come from east of the Cascade Mountains. They travel from Canada and they come from points farther south and east. People are drawn to the Washington Coast. We’re not surprised.

Some visitors want to walk to the tip of Cape Flattery, the most northwestern point in the lower 48. Others come to see the sea stacks off the beaches of La Push, or to hike from Ozette Lake to the coast. Some dream of running on the wide, sandy beaches of Kalaloch. Others dream of digging for clams on the beaches of Moclips.

Whatever your reasons for visiting the Olympic Coast, we hope you’ll take time to visit some of the Washington State Wineries located on the Olympic Peninsula. Sample some of the wines made here, and when you find one you like, bring it with you. Share it while camping or bring it back home and, as you sip it, remember the magnificent Olympic Coast.

Highlights of the Wine and Cheese Tour

April 11th, 2012
NW Wine and Cheese Tour Olympic Peninsula

Wine and cheese. Yum.

Join Washington State Wineries and Cideries on the Olympic Peninsula for the 2012 NW Wine and Cheese Tour, April 14 and 15.

Read on for a list of what not to miss. Additional information is available on our Olympic Peninsula Wineries Events page.

Black Diamond Winery

  • Sip 2007 Syrah and Muller Thurgau with three types of Golden Glen Creamery Fresh Curd.
  • Finish with Plum and Raspberry wines.

Camaraderie Cellars

  • Sip Trinquer, a delicious white blend, and nibble amazing blue cheese cookies from Spoonful Caterers.
  • Try the newly released Malbec with several cheeses from Wilapa Hills Creamery.

Eaglemount Wine & Cider

  • Sample the new Cabernet Sauvignon and hard cider.

FairWinds Winery

  • Try Back Country Creamery’s Trailblazer with a glass of Gewurztraminer.
  • Enjoy Summit House with a glass of the Cabernet/Merlot blend.
  • Discover the wonderful combination of Camp Chego and Mead.

Finnriver Farm & Cidery

  • Enjoy spring goat cheeses from Mystery Bay Farm with glasses of sweet wine and sparkling cider.

Harbinger Winery

  • Try the 2010 Rose with any cheese.
  • Sip the Reserve Syrah with cheddar aged near the banks of the Samish River.
  • Pair Raspberry Bliss (made from locally grown berries) with a smokey blue cheese from the Rogue Valley.

Olympic Cellars

  • Enjoy the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon with Golden Glen Creamery’s Double-Cream River Cheddar.
  • Try the 2009 Chardonny alongside a Wine and Cheese Soup and artisan bread with Golden Glen butter.

Wind Rose Cellars

  • Sample a variety of Black Sheep Creamery cheeses with the 2011 Pinot Grigio, the 2010 Barbera dry rose, and the 2010 Dolcetto.

 

 

Olympic Peninsula Wineries Photo Contest

April 3rd, 2012
Olympic Peninsula Wine and Cheese Tour

Participate in our upcoming photo contest.

The Olympic Peninsula is a scenic place.

Bring your camera to the Olympic Peninsula Wineries NW Wine and Cheese Tour on April 14 and 15, 2012. All are invited to participate in our first annual “Sip Wine and Cider, Say Cheese” Photo Contest.

Our wineries and cideries are located in some truly lovely spots.

  • Olympic Cellars’ historic barn, with the Olympic Mountains in the background. Finnriver Farm & Cidery’s rolling fields and orchards.
  • Camaraderie Cellars’ expansive patio and lush gardens.
  • Harbinger Winery’s cool, industrial setting.
  • Black Diamond Winery’s acres of grapes overlooking Tumwater Creek.
  • Eaglemount Wine & Cider’s lovely historic homestead and orchards.
  • FairWinds Winery overlooking the Olympic Mountains outside Port Townsend.
  • Wind Rose Cellars’ cozy tasting room in the heart of downtown Sequim.

 

Washington State Hard Cider.

Finnriver Farm and Cidery.

Take photos of the scenery, the Washington wine, hard cider, the cheese. We’re looking for memorable photos to mark the occasion. The top 3 entries will be posted on the Olympic Peninsula Wineries website and Facebook page. Winners will receive a pair of tickets to the 2012 Harvest Wine Tour, November 11-13.

NW Wine and Cheese Tour photo contest

The historic barn at Olympic Cellars.

 

 

A Very Brief History of Cheese

March 27th, 2012

Cheese has been enjoyed for thousands and thousands of years. It predates history. Anything that has that kind of staying power has got to be good.

Olympic Peninsula Wine and Cheese Tour.

The NW Wine and Cheese Tour, April 14 & 15, 2012.

It is widely believed that the first cheese came into being shortly after the earliest domestication of sheep and goats. It was most likely discovered by accident. Milk was frequently stored in animal skins, which contain rennet; the combination of rennet, movement, and time caused the milk to separate into curds and whey.

Once there were curds, cheese was on its way.

The years have been good to cheese. Ancient Romans were among the first to elevate cheese making to a fine art, but they were not the last. Over time, one civilization after another experimented with cheese, playing with flavors and textures.

Recent years have witnessed a resurgence in farmstead and artisanal cheese making. Those of us who live in Washington State are blessed to have many such fine cheese makers among us.

Join Olympic Peninsula Wineries and Cideries the weekend of April 14-15, 2012, for the Northwest Wine and Cheese Tour. Discover enchanting combinations of Washington State Wine and Cheese. And raise your glass in thanks to the first people who thought to store their goat milk in animal skins.

A Locavore’s Dream: Washington Wine and Cheese

March 20th, 2012

Wine is a wonderful. It can be enjoyed on its own and it can bring out the best in food. For every meal, there is a wine. For every moment, there is a wine. Yes, wine is wonderful.

2012 NW Wine and Cheese Tour

We're looking forward to trying the cheese from Black Sheep Creamery.

It’s hard to think of a more perfect combination than wine and cheese. Perhaps that’s because both wine and cheese are so diverse. There are big, bold Cabernets and there are light, effervescent, whites. There are delicate goat cheeses and strong blue cheeses. It would be easy to devote a lifetime to finding perfect combinations of wines and cheeses, and people have. The right combination can be out-of-this-world.

The Wineries of the Olympic Peninsula are looking forward to trying new combinations of Washington State Wines and Cheeses during our upcoming Northwest Wine and Cheese Tour, April 14-15, 2012.

Read on for a list of participating cheesemakers, and make your plans to attend the Olympic Peninsula’s 2012 Northwest Wine and Cheese Tour. Read the rest of this entry »

Bless the Trees That Bear Fruit

March 14th, 2012

Wine and cider depend upon healthy fruit. This is true whether they’re made in Washington State, France, or Australia. Without an abundance of healthy fruit, winemakers and cider makers have nothing. We know it, too, and we are eternally grateful for the bounty of Mother Nature.

Washington State Cider from Olympic Peninsula.

Trees. Blossoms. Fruit. We are blessed.

Finnriver Farm & Cidery is leaving nothing to chance. All are invited to join them on Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 2:30 to 4:30 for their annual Community Apple Orchard Blessing.

This is a festive occasion. The Apple Orchard Blessing includes a bagpipe processional through the apple orchard, story-telling, hot cider, songs, and tree blessing. All ages are welcome, from babes in arms to older folks leaning on elbows and canes.

March is Washington State Wine Month. In honor of this, folks who visit the Tasting Room at Finnriver Farm and Cider will receive 15% off any purchase of the following cider & fruit wine cocktail pairings.

     Pear Squared. Celebrate the elegance of the pear.

     Pear in Love. Features Finnriver’s newly released Raspberry Brandy Wine.

     Black Currant Kir Finnriver. A local twist on the classic kir.

The 2012 Port Townsend Victorian Festival

March 6th, 2012
Port Townsend WA Victorian Festival

A Victorian masterpiece--the Ann Starret Mansion, in Port Townsend.

March 23-25, 2012, is the 16th annual Port Townsend Victorian Festival. Immerse yourself in a different time for one weekend. Return to the present only to refresh yourself with a glass of Washington Wine from one of the Olympic Peninsula Wineries in and near Port Townsend.

What can you do during the Victorian Festival? You can:

  • Study Victorian architecture.
  • Attend a Temperance Meeting.
  • Watch a 19th Century Fencing Demo.
  • Speak with a Victorian Naturalist.
  • Learn about the Victorian Corset.
  • Watch a Fashion Show.
  • Watch an 1800s style Prize Fight.
  • Have a Victorian Tea.
  • Dress up.
  • See dressed-up people.
  • Attend a Victorian Ball.

If you are enchanted with the Victorian age, come to the Port Townsend Victorian Festival, March 23-25. It’s fun.

Remember the occasion with a bottle of Washington State Wine from the Olympic Peninsula.

2012 NW Wine and Cheese Tour

February 27th, 2012

If you had fun during the recent Red Wine and Chocolate Tour, mark your calendars for the upcoming NW Wine & Cheese Tour, April 14 and 15, 2012.

2012 Wine and Cheese Tour on the Olympic Peninsula.

Save the date! The NW Wine and Cheese Tour takes place April 14 and 15, 2012.

Olympic Peninsula Wineries will serve a selection of local, artisan cheeses alongside new releases of red and white Washington State Wines and hard ciders. Visit one winery/cidery, or visit all eight participating Olympic Peninsula wineries in Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, and Chimacum.

Expect to savor cheese from Mystery Bay Farm, Mt. Townsend Creamery, Whiskey Hill Farm, Pleasant Valley Dairy of Ferndale, Willapa Hills Farmstead, Gothberg Farm, Golden Glen Creamery, and Samish Bay Cheese Company.

Bring your appetite and a designated driver!

 

The Winter Wonderland of Hurricane Ridge

February 20th, 2012

Hurricane Ridge is truly a winter wonderland. You can cross country ski, downhill ski, snowboard, telemark, snowshoe and sled there. Novice winter sports enthusiasts will feel comfortable here, and experts can find a challenge. On clear days, the sun is warm and the views seem endless.

Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

Beautiful Hurricane Ridge, in the Olympic National Park.

Rangers offer guided snowshoe walks out of Hurricane Ridge on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays at 2 p.m. Expect to be out for 90 minutes, and to donate $5 for the snowshoes and the talk. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with the area, and with safety issues. Once you feel comfortable walking on snow, the winter world of Hurricane Ridge will open to you.

Nearby trails cover some 20 miles of the Olympic National Park. They run along ridges, parallel creeks, and head into valleys. The Switchback Trail is 1.6 miles long and goes from 4,400 feet to 5,900 feet. The Hurricane Ridge to Switchback Trail is 2.8 miles long and goes from 5,300 feet to 5,100 feet. The Lake Angeles – Klahane Ridge Trail spans 6.3 miles, going from 1,850 feet to 6,000 feet in elevation. The Heather Park Trail has the same elevations but is a touch shorter and steeper.

If you live in the Seattle area, the snow-capped Olympic Mountains smile down on you on clear days. Get to know them more intimately. Spend a few days on the Olympic Peninsula and visit Hurricane Ridge.

Sipping a glass of Washington State Wine from the Olympic Peninsula is the best way to conclude a day spent playing on Hurricane Ridge. Several wineries are located at the base of Hurricane Ridge, in Port Angeles. Stop by and try a glass or two.

 

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