NW Wine & Cheese Tour
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NW Wine & Cheese Tour
May 2 & 3, 2015, 11am to 5pm
From new release fruit wines and ciders to locally-made artisan cheeses to Garden Minestrone Soup and Northwest Foccacia, the Olympic Peninsula Wineries’ Northwest Wine & Cheese Tour will treat your taste buds to a realm of seasonal delights! Nine wineries located between Chimacum and Port Angeles will partner with local cheese-makers to create unique pairings that signify the flavors of the region, complemented by tasty tidbits prepared by local culinary talent. This savory event will take place on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 from 11 am – 5 pm. Wine specials will be available throughout the weekend.
“Our regional cheese-makers are producing some fantastic goat, sheep and cow milk cheeses that pair exceptionally well with our new wine releases,” says Vicki Corson, president of the Olympic Peninsula Wineries Association. “We invite wine lovers from around the Sound to come and discover some new favorites.”
Online ticket sales will begin in March, tickets may be purchased at participating wineries during the event, until sold out. The $30 ticket and glass package entitles you to a special commemorative wine glass, complimentary wine tasting at all nine OPW Wineries and delectable samples of cheese at each winery during the NW Wine & Cheese Weekend. This event does not take place at one location. You travel from winery to winery, visiting the ones you are interested in exploring. Tickets are not required to attend this event. A $5.00 wine tasting fee will be charged at each winery for non-ticketed visitors. You must be 21 or over to purchase tickets and/or participate in wine tasting. All ticket sales are non-refundable.
The Olympic Peninsula Wineries encourage responsible wine touring and recommend that you have a designated driver in your group. Designated Drivers will be offered other beverages to drink and are invited to enjoy all cheese samples at each winery.
- Be prepared to show your ticket at each winery you visit to let us know you’ve checked-in.
- Be prepared to show your photo I.D. at each winery
- Please do not bring dogs to NW Wine and Cheese Tour. Some wineries welcome dogs on NON-EVENT days.
- Each person in your party will need to be present when checking in, so the winery can check ID's and distribute tickets
Please Help Us With Our Goal Of Responsible Wine Service...
- No winery will continue to serve or sell wine to any guest who appears intoxicated, even if they have a limo or designated driver.
- Be aware of those around you as you wait at the tasting bar for your sample, make room for others to enjoy the experience as well.
- We recommend limiting the number of wines you sample at each winery and we encourage you to take advantage of dump buckets provided for excess wine.
Wineries Participating in the 2014 NW Wine & Cheese Tour:
2015 Details Coming Soon
1. Harbinger Winery of Port Angeles will host a “Whirled Cheese Tour,” featuring an array of locally-made cheeses from Samish Bay Organic Farmstead Creamery in Bow, Wash. Taste the highly versatile and cheese-friendly Petite Fleur wine; pair the vibrant Viognier with a soft-ripened cheese that was aged to perfection near the banks of the Samish River; and savor the in-house favorite El Jefe’ with a beautiful organic cheese that was aged for up to nine years. Also featured will be Toga’s Northwest Focaccia, and the winery’s signature Smokey Blue Cheese & Bacon Mac & Cheese. Yum!
2. Assorted cheeses from Willapa Hills Creamery of Doty, Wash., home of Big Boy Blue, Pluvius, and Ewe Old Cow cheeses made from both sheep and cow’s milk, will be paired with the newly released 2011 Cabernet Franc and 2011 Madrona, a red wine blend, at Camaraderie Cellars in Port Angeles. On Saturday Olympic Onion Farm will offer samples of their dried onion powder, a delicious complement to a variety of dishes. Tasty cheesy bites prepared by Oven Spoonful will also be available for sampling.
3. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Black Diamond Winery of Port Angeles will pair Queso con Salsa, Chives and Onion, and Medium Cheddar cheeses from Golden Glen Creamery with its Shiro Plum, Boysenberry, Strawberry and Raspberry wines.
4. Olympic Cellars will be partnering with Golden Glen Creamery from Bow, WA., to feature some unique twists on the hottest trend in the artisan cheese industry – curds. Jalapeno, Sundried Tomato & Basil, and Garlic & Cheese curds will be paired with new release 2012 Dungeness Red Lemberger and 2013 Dungeness White Riesling wines. Fresh Garden Minestrone Soup will also be available for sampling. There will be live music in the cellar on Saturday afternoon with Stringology, featuring Gypsy Jazz performers Terrianne Stratton and Eric Bogart.
5. Wind Rose Cellars will pair its new release 2013 Rosato, a dry rosé, and Bell Bottom White, a funky blend of Muscat and Pinot Grigio, plus its series of award-winning Italian-style wines with a selection of sheep cheeses from Black Sheep Creamery of Chehalis. Additional wines will be available for tasting at the VIP bar. Live music starts at 7pm on Saturday featuring Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz.
6. On Saturday, Port Townsend’s Eaglemount Wine & Cider will be featuring Whiskey Hill Farm a small local producer of several varieties of aged goat milk cheese. Crimson Cove Smoked Specialties, a smoke house located in Poulsbo, will showcase their smoked cheeses, smoked olive oils, and other smoked products on Sunday. New releases including Rhubarb Cider and Quince Cider, as well as current release red wines, will be paired with featured cheeses.
8. Finnriver Farm & Cidery Seasonal Honey Meadow Cider and new release 2014 Finnriver Fire Barrel Cider will be paired with sheep’s milk cheeses from Glendale Shepherd Cheeses of Whidbey Island and shortbread by Anca’s Pastries. Sunday kicks-off the Woodfire Pizza series, and don’t miss the “posse of piglets” at Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Chimacum.will pair with from Whidbey Island.
9. New release Gray Cat Oregon Pinot Gris, Come Home Riesling and Yellow Truck Apple Wine, made with apples grown on Marrowstone Island, will be paired with a variety of goat cheeses by Mystery Bay Farms at Marrowstone Vineyard on Marrowstone Island.
Take a spring drive to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula and enjoy a tour that’s too good to miss!
Due to the limited facilities at our small wineries, groups of more than 15 cannot be accommodated during event weekends. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a special group tour for another time.
The Olympic Peninsula Wineries encourage responsible wine touring and recommend that you have a designated driver in your group.