Harvest Wine Tour
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Sip and savor the flavors of fall, enjoy seasonal activities and marvel at nature’s vibrant palate during the Olympic Peninsula Wineries’ Harvest Wine Tour, November 7 and 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ten artisan wineries are located in the Peninsula towns of Chimacum, Nordland, Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles. “Fall is spectacular on the Olympic Peninsula,” says Wineries Association President Vicki Corson. “The Harvest Tour Weekend is a great opportunity to get away, taste some fantastic new wines and discover delicious new pairings for your holiday table.” Visitors will be greeted by signature scarecrows at each winery, enjoy live music and even create their own festive “pumpkin rock!” Come out and celebrate the season!
Ticket and glass package entitles you to a special commemorative wine glass, complimentary wine tasting at all ten OPW Wineries. Tickets are available online for $25 plus service fees. Any remaining tickets will be sold for $30 at participating wineries during the Harvest Tour. 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.
Participants who have their ticket stamped at all ten of our wineries will be entered into a drawing for an elegant wine themed gift basket. The gift basket winner along with a second and third place winner will receive two tickets to the Red Wine & Chocolate Tour in February.
Please Help Us With Our Goal Of Responsible Wine Service...
- Be prepared to show your photo I.D. at each winery, you must be 21 to participate in wine tasting
- It is ILLEGAL in Washington State for a winery to 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
- We encourage you to take advantage of dump buckets provided for excess wine
Wine Tour Highlights:
Finnriver Farm & Cidery, , Chimacum, is celebrating the fullness of fall with a harvest of farm-crafted hard ciders and fruit wines. Come enjoy a taste of the winter seasonal Cranberry Rosehip Cider, featuring locally wild-harvest rosehips and organic cranberries from the Washington coast, along with sips of our sumptuous Brandy Wines. We'll also have freshly baked soft pretzels coming hot out of the oven with Bob's famous cider mustard and spiced hot toddies to keep folks warm.
Marrowstone Vineyards, located in Nordland (Marrowstone Island), will feature Mama's Harvest Tamales (chicken, veggie and cheese, and vegan) and Heavenly Taste Toffee's Pumpkin Pie Toffee! Overseeing the celebration will be Marrowstone Vineyard's Black Cat Scarecrow, modeled after the Black Cat that graces our Pinot Noir label! Paired with the tamales will be our Dry Riesling, Dry Gewurztraminer, and Chardonnay, and the toffee will be paired with our Pinot Noir.
Making its Harvest Tour debut, visitors to Lullaby Winery in Port Townsend will be greeted on arrival by Tazl the Scarecrow! The winery will feature the two newest additions to the Lullaby family of wines: Morning Light, a very unique white wine inspired by Spanish dry sherry and Carbon, a dessert red wine made with Grenache. Winemaker Virginie Bourgue will serve a delicious, seasonal snack to pair with the wines. For an additional tasting fee ($10), Lullaby’s current releases will also be available for tasting: Rouge de Virginie, 2010 Lalayee, 2011 Viognier and the very limited production 2010 Syrah. In anticipation of the upcoming holidays, there will be a curated selection of stocking stuffers for all.
Also in Port Townsend, FairWinds Winery will feature a locally prepared squash bisque paired with harvest vegetable appetizers. To help reduce inventory, all wine and tasting room gifts will be offered at a 20% discount, with a 30% discount on all cases of wine purchased during the Harvest Tour weekend. Special wine surprise in the cellar! Come and visit!
It’s fall! The apples smell wonderful, the sky is blue and the season is beginning to wind down. At Alpenfire Cider, Port Townsend, we are celebrating with our dried apple scarecrow, fresh mulled cider, fresh doughnuts and other savory treats. We will be sampling Spark! Ember and Pirate's plank ciders. In the tasting room will also have our new release for the holidays, Cinders. This flavorful, crisp pink champagne-style cider (hand riddled and aged over 15 months) gets its beautiful color from the Hidden Rose apple, nothing else is added. Come take a stroll through the orchard!
Eaglemount Wine & Cider will welcome visitors to its new tasting room at the historic Palindrome right outside the city limits of Port Townsend, to enjoy new releases of red wines and ciders paired with harvest inspired snacks.
Wind Rose Cellars will be pouring six of its Italian-style wines, including the 2014 Pinot Grigio (20% off per bottle & 25% off cases); 2014 Rosato (25% off and 30% off cases); 2013 Dolcetto; 2012 Barbera; 2013 Primitivo (New Release!); and 2014 Muscato (buy 2 at 25% off; 20% off cases). Additional red wines will be available for tasting in the VIP Bar. Wine samples will be paired with local harvest goodies from Alderwood Bistro. On Saturday night the "Jenny Davis Quartet,” a very talented vocal jazz band featuring Jenny Davis, Chuck Easton, Ted Enderle, and Ed Donohue, will perform from 6pm – 8pm.
In Port Angeles, Olympic Cellars is all about celebrating this year’s fantastic harvest of grapes that are “absolutely perfect,” according to Winemaker Greg Vogtritter. Four new releases will be featured, including the 2012 Syrah, 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Mount Olympus and 2014 Lemberger. A selection of white wines will also be available for tasting. Chef Michael from Kokopelli Grill will create a delicious Harvest Stew to pair with the Double Gold Medal winning 2012 Syrah. For dessert, warm, spiced Dungeness Red will be paired with Working Girl Randi’s yummy cranberry, shortbread bites. Jazz and wine are natural complements, both deep and complex. On Sunday from 2pm – 4pm local musicians Al Harris (keyboard) and Elaine Gardner-Morales (bass guitar) perform with jazz vocalists in the cellar. After sampling the wine and food, spend some time on our patio decoration station creating your own pumpkin rock to take home!
The season of harvest is apparent at Camaraderie Cellars The season of harvest is apparent at Camaraderie Cellars, Port Angeles. From the beautiful fall foliage in the gardens to the delicious smells coming from the wood-fired oven to the smoky fire pit to the taste of great, full-bodied red wines -- it is a treat for the senses. The Harvest Tour will feature a new release of 2013 Sangiovese and a delicious Turkey Pumpkin Chili, along with some other favorite reds and tasty bites. Special discounts will help visitors select some wines for the upcoming holidays. How about a lovely rose for that turkey dinner or a cabernet franc that does with just about anything?
Drink in the spirit of the season by joining Port Angeles’ Harbinger Winery for some eclectic offerings that will make you look at wine and staples of the fall harvest through fresh, new eyes. Everything about that last sentence makes us think of potatoes. And take apples; for example; Harbinger is going to do things to these little cherubs that will make you rethink an American classic dish. Matched with the right wine, you’ve got all four food groups covered! And a harvest celebration wouldn’t be right without the underground crimson gem we call beets. You haven’t experienced these wine and food pairings before, nor will you soon forget them!
Fall also marks the release of the 2012 Malbec, a wine that’s flavors meld merrily with the hearty flavors of the season. And did we mention blackberry lemon pound cake? Try it paired with Blackberry Bliss! There will be live music provided by talented local artists on Saturday from 4pm - 6pm.
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.