NW Wine & Cheese Tour
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NW Wine & Cheese Tour
May 3 & 4, 2014
Say cheese! Or, better yet, local cheese -- the culinary operative for the Olympic Peninsula Wineries’ annual Northwest Wine & Cheese Tour. Food and wine enthusiasts are invited to enjoy sipping and savoring new wine releases and ciders paired with a variety of cheeses crafted by local artisan creameries, while reveling in the sights and sounds of nature reawakening on the scenic Olympic Peninsula. “Washington is home to a number of award-winning cheesemakers,” says Vicki Corson, president of the Olympic Peninsula Wineries Association, “some of which are internationally renowned. During the Northwest Wine & Cheese Tour, the Olympic Peninsula Wineries and eight local creameries will treat visitors to a truly local culinary experience, with interesting pairings that provide an authentic sense of place.”
Cheesemakers participating in the 2013 tour include Port Townsend’s own Whiskey Hill Farm and Mt. Townsend Creamery; Willapa Hills Farmstead of Doty; Black Sheep Creamery of Chehalis; Backcountry Creamery of Tacoma; and Golden Glen Creamery of Bow.
Tickets are available online or at participating wineries during the tour. Tickets for the self-guided tour are available for $30, and entitle the holder to a commemorative wine glass and wine and cheese tasting at all eight wineries. Independently, each winery charges a $5.00 tasting fee. 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.
Individual Winery Events (from the 2013 tour):
1. Harbinger Winery:
Harbinger Winery will be hosting an array of locally-made and globe-trotting gourmet cheeses, thus resulting in a world cheese tour housed under one roof. See how the Petite Fleur is quite possibly the most versatile and cheese-friendly wine in existence. Pair our Vibrant Viognier with a soft-ripened cheese that was aged to perfection near the banks of the Samish River. How about tasting our powerful yet elegant Merlot with a beautifully aged organic cheese from Tumalo Farms? Or be seduced by the intoxicating properties of our Blackberry Bliss (made from fresh locally-grown berries) with an award-winning blue cheese from “down under.”
Also featured will be Toga’s Soup House’s NW focaccia like you’ve never experienced before. Not enough, you say? Well for good measure we concocted a gourmet Smokey Blue & Bacon Mac & Cheese. We think it pairs with just about anything, from long walks on the beach with Viognier to a Blackberry Bliss spa day. Or wash it down with a sample of BarHop Brewery’s amazing IPA and call it dinner. The key to a successful “palatial” experience is proper pairing. Harbinger Winery has again gone “above and beyond” and put our own arteries on the line by trying all the wine and cheese combinations to ensure a grand slam tasting experience. But don’t take our word for it; stop by and judge for yourself!
2. Camaraderie Cellars:
Camaraderie Cellars is pleased to welcome back Willapa Hills Cheese from Doty, WA, west of Chehalis. Delicious bites of their famous bleu cheese as well as other varieties will pair well with a spring wine line-up including our Trinquer (white wine blend), a 2007 Merlot, a 2007 Triomphe (red wine blend) and the debut of the 2010 Tempranillo. We look forward to your visit to our beautiful garden setting where spring has sprung!
3. Black Diamond Winery:
We will proudly be serving cheeses from Golden Glen Creamery. In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, which falls on Sunday, we will be pairing our Boysenberry wine with Golden Glen’s Queso con Salsa medium cheddar. Golden Glen Creamery’s medium cheddar and sweet basil cheddar will be served with a selection of our estate grown wines. We look forward to seeing long time and new customers.
4. Olympic Cellars:
In continuing with our year of ‘Best Of’ Olympic Cellars will be partnering with Golden Glen Creamery of Bow, Wash. and Renaissance of Port Angeles. Golden Glen will be sampling their delicious cheddars in the cellar and Renaissance will provide us with cheeses from a variety of creameries. We combed through the selection of local creameries (all within 100 miles) to bring you the best of the best for our 2013 Wine & Cheese event. In our cellar, you can enjoy French Onion Soup garnished with greyer cheese and fresh baked local bread prepared by Dave Long of Oven Spoonful.
We will also be releasing our Madeleine Angevine 2012. Just bottled in April, this stunning wine represents the 101 days of sunshine the Dungeness Valley was blessed with in 2012. Grown less than 10 miles from our winery, this Madeleine Angevine wine expresses a heady floral bouquet, citrus notes and clean finish.
5. Wind Rose Cellars:
We'll be hosting Black Sheep Creamery from Chehalis. We'll pair our award winning wines with their artisan sheep cheeses. We'll pour our Pinot Grigio, Rosato, Bravo Rosso, Primitivo and Muscato. We'll also have a VIP area where visitors can taste our premium wines for an additional $5.
6. Eaglemount Wine & Cider:
We'll have Whiskey Hill Goat Dairy with their wonderful goat milk and Jersey cow milk cheeses. New releases include new reds and a new cider.
7. FairWinds Winery:
FairWinds Winery will be combining classic cheeses with the release of their 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon from Champeaux vineyards of the Horse Heaven Hills and their 2005 Merlot from Tom Judkins’ vineyards in Benton City. This will be the first time these wines are available to the public. In addition, there will be opportunities (drawings) for deep discounts on FairWinds’ wine and merchandise. Wine will be flowing from the fountain and don’t be surprised if you see the winery folks in top hats and tails—they may be “Puttin’ on the Ritz”.
8. Finnriver Farm & Cidery:
Finnriver celebrates spring with a new season of ciders, apple blossoms in the orchard, a delicious menu of cheese pairings and baby critters on the farm, including piglets and goat kids. Join us at the NW Wine & Cheese tour and sample select local cheeses handcrafted at MT. Townsend Creamery paired with our new Habanero, Farmstead and Honey Meadow ciders. Nibble on local bakery Pane D' Amore's famous cheese breadsticks warmed in the woodfire oven while walking the fields and our new Poetree Lane, to experience Spring beauty on the land.
Due to the limited facilities at our small wineries, groups of more than 15 cannot be accommodated during event weekends. Please call 1-800-785-5495 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.