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, the Olympic Peninsula Wineries’ Northwest Wine & Cheese Tour will treat your taste buds to a realm of seasonal delights! Ten 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 are available on Eventbrite until noon May 1 for $25 plus service fees. Remaining tickets may be purchased at participating wineries during the event for $30. The ticket and glass package entitles you to a special commemorative wine glass, complimentary wine tasting at all ten 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 have 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 2015 NW Wine & Cheese Tour:
1. Harbinger Winery will pair some of its award-winning wines and new releases with the raw, organic cheeses of Cascadia Creamery, located at the foot of Mt. Adams in the town of Trout Lake, Wash. "The Northwest Wine & Cheese Festival is by far our favorite event," says Winemaker Sara Gagnon. "Wine and cheese are soul mates, and we are always excited to share our research when it comes to creative pairings!" Try cheese samples with alluring names such as Sleeping Beauty, Glacier Blue, and Cloud Cap. Harbinger will also pour its wine made from locally grown grapes, Sieg-MA. "This wine has such an aromatic appeal; it is hard to put down the glass. Match that with the right cheese, and you may as well pull up a chair and call it dinner," adds Gagnon.
2. Camaraderie Cellars will host Willapa Hills Creamery - delicious cheeses made from sheep and cow’s milk. Visitors can also savor tasty bites of Northwest mac and cheese with smoked salmon from Michael’s Seafood and Steakhouse. New wine releases include the 2012 Malbec and 2012 Madrona.
3. Olympic Cellars is celebrating with a Cinco de Mayo theme! Jeremy from Golden Glenn Creamery of Bow, Wash. is back this year with samples of cheese favorites including Lavender Cheddar, Dill & Garlic Cheddar, and some new taste sensations like such as a Jalapeno spiked cheese. New wine releases for pairing include Madeleine Angevine 2014 made with locally sourced grapes; Chardonnay 2014, Unoaked with fragrances of mango, lemon peel and a fleeting whiff of truffle; and Dungeness Red – Lemberger 2013, an “Old World” grape with origins in Austria and Germany, this is Olympic Cellar’s heritage wine. Chef Dave from Bella Italia will prepare Chili, and Rose City Pepperhead’s Pepper Jelly with Cream Cheese will be available for sampling. Local jazz musician Al Harris will perform from Noon – 2 p.m. on Saturday.
4. Wind Rose Cellars will be pairing its award-winning wines with the award-winning cheeses of Chehalis’ Black Sheep Creamery. A new vintage of Bell Bottom White, a delicious off dry Muscato, will be released for the tour. On Saturday at 7 p.m., the winery will host jazz singer Jenny Davis and award-winning pianist Eric Verlinde. Both are Seattle natives, recording artists, and long-time stewards of jazz in the Pacific Northwest and Canada.
5. Eaglemount Wine & Cider will be pairing its wines and ciders with cheeses from Whiskey Hill Goat Dairy, a small local producer of several varieties of aged goat milk cheese, and Crimson Cove Smoked Specialty, a smoke house located in Poulsbo specializing in smoked cheeses. New releases include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Rhubarb Cider and Raspberry Ginger Cider.
6. Alpenfire Cider will pair three hard ciders with Chimacum Valley Dairy’s West Valley Wheel Cheese and nut-based pastries from Port Townsend’s Pastry Design by Anca. Ciders include Spark! Semi-Sweet, a refreshingly light customer favorite made with a combination of Alpenfire’s traditional cider apples and Lazy J’s heirloom varieties; Calypso Blackberry Rum Cider, a full-bodied cider made from heirloom apples fermented with fresh Greysmarsh Farm blackberries and bottle conditioned; and Smoke Barrel Aged Cider, a smoky-oaky after dinner tipple style cider fermented in whiskey and mead barrels. Alpenfire’s organic small batch hard cider vinegars will also be available, from Orleans style to a bright, fermented raspberry wine vinegar made with berries from Greysmarsh Farm.
7. FairWinds Winery sample the Gewürztraminer with a cheesy fondue. Appetizers served with Mt. Townsend Creamery cheeses will be paired with the latest wine releases. Discover your own favorite combination of wines made with FairWinds’ innovative approach and Mt. Townsend’s one-of-a-kind cheeses.
8. Lullaby Winery will feature a curated selection of cheeses from France and the Pacific Northwest for pairing with its wines. The patio will be open and visitors will be able to purchase wines by the glass to enjoy with cheese platters.
9. Marrowstone Vineyard located in the town of Nordland on Marrowstone Island, is teaming up with Mt. Townsend Creamery to offer pairings of three new wine releases with delicious, locally made cheeses. Visitors can sample Cirrus, a Pacific Northwest variation on the traditional French Camembert, paired with 2014 Wedding Day Chardonnay; Seastack, an earthy and complex cheese, paired with the 2014 Riesling Come Home; Off-Kilter, a cheese made with Pike Brewing Company's Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale that pairs nicely with the 2014 Gewürztraminer; and Red Alder, aged and nutty with the 2013 Black Cat Pinot Noir.
10. Finnriver Farm & Cidery is celebrating the sweetness of Spring with the release of its Honey Meadow botanical cider and honey-fermented Cyser. Enjoy these sips of the season with beautiful bites of chèvre from local goat dairy, Mystery Bay Farm, a small scale, family farm operating on five acres on nearby Marrowstone Island. Mystery Bay produces award-winning farmstead goat milk cheeses using only the milk of their animals, which are raised with rotational grazing on pasture. Visitors will also enjoy Pane D'Amore cheese sticks hot out of the oven! Cheese, cider, spring…what more could one ask?
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.