Harvest Wine Tour
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Harvest Winery Tour & Scarecrow Contest
November 9 & 10, 2013
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Olympic Peninsula Wineries will put their creative grape juices to the test at this year's annual Harvest Wine Tour, with each winery displaying its own artistic interpretation of the "Wine Scarecrow" for visitors to enjoy. Limited only by their imaginations, the wineries will strive to design the most unique vineyard watchman ever to scare (or commune with) a pesky bird! Visitors can vote for their favorite scarecrow while tasting the best of the vintage.
The $30.00 ticket for the self-guided tour can be purchased at participating wineries during the event. Tickets entitle participants to a commemorative wine glass and complimentary wine tastings at each winery during the event weekend.
A tasting fee of $5.00 per winery will apply to non-ticketed visitors. Get your ticket stamped at all eight wineries and be eligible to enter our gift basket drawing. While children are allowed in the tasting rooms, 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 encourages responsible wine touring and recomends that you have a designated driver in your group. Why not make it a weekend? We invite you to stay overnight in local lodgings and enjoy two delectable days on the peninsula. The Travel Guide provides a list of local lodging and dining options on the Olympic Peninsula.
Individual Winery Details from the 2012 tour:
Wind Rose Cellars: In celebration 2012 harvest Wind Rose Cellars will be offering some great discounts on wine, including the 2010 Dolcetto at 15% off per bottle and 25% off per case. They will also be featuring a special Harvest Soup from Alderwood Bistro that will be paired with the 2009 Bravo Rosso.
Harbinger Winery: To celebrate the end of harvest Harbinger Winery & Brew House will be pouring our latest releases while sampling Wild Mushroom, Roasted Squash and Brussels sprout Focaccias. Topped with farmstead cheese, this harvest sample will provoke your senses and dazzle your taste buds! We couldn't call this a harvest tour if it didn't include apples...our state fruit! Also to be poured for the weekend will be our 2008 Columbia Valley Syrah, 2010 Chardonnay, and the 2009 Bolero, a Tempranillo blend. Harvest Tour also kicks off Harbinger's annual fundraiser for the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society. A kayak will be raffled off (compliments of Adventures Through Kayaking), and all profits from sales of Menagerie, a Merlot blend, will go directly to the local Humane Society.
The fall season is also a time to celebrate the variable cornucopia of outstanding seasonal beers. And it just so happens that the Bar Hop Boys have been very creative in their endeavors; so you'll just have to stop by and see what sort of surprises they've concocted! All four food groups can be found here: Wine, Chocolate, Cheese and Beer!
Olympic Cellars: At Olympic Cellars, Sassina, our sassy Sasquatch scarecrow will greet guests at the patio which will be decorated with hundreds of pounds of pumpkins, hay bales, and of course propane heaters. Inside the tasting room guests will be treated to a fall harvest soup made with local grains and wild mushrooms, prepared for us by Chef David Long of Ovenspoonful, local apple butter and bread from Pane d Amore'. We will have 10 wines open and guests can choose 5 to taste. A harvest word puzzle will stump all but the cleverest guests. Any who guess the secret word will be entered in a drawing for one of our fabulous wine purses, the season's hottest gift.
Finnriver Farm & Cidery: Finnriver will celebrate the Harvest season with a range of hardciders and fruit wines capturing the orchard essence of Autumn. Special release of our seasonal Forest Fir botanically-infused cider, as well as warming sips of our Sweet Apple Wine. With each tasting we will offer a slice of artisan baked woodfire pizza by Dented Buoy, featuring the savory combination of apples, cheddar, spinach and optional bacon with an herbed garlic-olive oil sauce. Additional pizzas available for purchase at $10 per pie. Wine & cider tasting and pizza will be served in our new outdoor pavilion overlooking the green fields of Center Valley, and presided over by Pomona, ancient goddess of the apple orchard.
Eaglemounrt Wine & Cider: Visitors will enjoy harvest related bites and sample new wine and cider releases featuring apples from Eaglemount's orchard.
FairWinds Winery: Visit FairWinds Winery and try our latest releases and harvest hotmulled wine. Mulled wine is a traditional holiday treat in many cultures and consists of red wine, with spices and served hot.
Camaraderie Cellars: Camaraderie Cellars will extend International Tempranillo Day which is Nov. 8 and will highlight our great Tempranillo along with other red wines to pair with hearty fall and winter meals. Cooking in the wood-fired oven and serving harvest stew for your tasting pleasure. Special pricing for holiday gatherings and gifting will be available, so stock up now!
Black Diamond Winery: The array of fall colors on the grounds at Black Diamond Winery is stunning! Visitors will enjoy sampling the latest vintage of Plum, Cranberry, Raspberry and Syrah wines along with a selection of artisan breads. Watch out for our cranky scarecrow.
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
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.