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OC Harvest Winery Tour & Scarecrow Contest
November 8 and 9, 2014
11 a.m. - 5 p.m

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 8 and 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The eight 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 can take a photo with their favorite of the “wine scarecrows” that greet them at each venue, enjoy an evening of jazz music and more!

Ticket and glass package entitles you to a special commemorative wine glass, complimentary wine tasting at all eight OPW Wineries. Tickets are available online for $25 plus service fees (until 11/7/14 at noon). 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.

These local restaurants have offered generous discounts when you present your Harvest Wine Tour Ticket:
•Michael's Seafood and Steakhouse, 117 B East First St, Port Angeles WA, 98363: 10% off your check and a free corkage for any OPWA wine
•Bella Italia, 118 East First Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362: 10% off your check plus a free dessert
•Nourish, 101 Provence View Lane, Sequim, WA 98382: 10% off your check
•Cafe New Day, 102 W Front St, Port Angeles, WA 98362: 10% off your check 

 This year we are putting a fun twist on our annual Scarecrow Contest.  Visitors are invited to take photos with the “wine scarecrows” that greet them at each venue.  Like us on Facebook and submit your best scarecrow photo from the wine tour.  We will select our favorite photo to feature on the Olympic Peninsula Wineries website and invite the winner and a guest to the Red Wine & Chocolate Tour in February 2015.

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 eight 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, will honor the season with several new releases including Spirited Blackberry Wine, Forest Ginger Seasonal Cider and a brand new limited edition Cyser, fermented with honey. Visitors can enjoy a cup of hot ginger toddy featuring Finnriver’s Spirited Apple Wine, and snack on locally made wood-fired pretzels with tangy cider mustard. All are invited to pose with Pomona, Goddess of the Orchard, in her new fall fashion. Wear your farm boots, dress warmly and take a walk through the fields!

Marrowstone Vineyards, located on Marrowstone Island, will be serving mini apple cupcakes made with their apple wine, and baked by "That Takes the Cake" in Sequim.  Be sure to sample the hot mulled wine while taking in the view! The winery is also featuring a "Cat" Scarecrow, modeled after one of the cats from its wine labels.

There’s lots to do, see and taste at Port Townsend’s FairWinds Winery! Elvira the scarecrow is back and she brought her boyfriend this year! Come and see them both decked out in Harvest Tour style. Visitors will enjoy FairWinds’ ever-popular Lemberger mulled wine accompanied by savory squash soup and special crackers. Wine jellies are back and there’s plenty in stock for purchase! Bring a friend and enter a special cork drawing.

Eaglemount Wine & Cider, also located in Port Townsend, will celebrate the harvest with new release hard ciders, meads, and red wines paired with harvest inspired treats. Seasonal hard ciders available on tour will include Rhubarb, Raspberry Ginger and Quince. Wine enthusiasts can enjoy Eaglemount’s popular Bordeaux-style blends and varietals. Come see the wine scarecrow and participate in the activities!

Wind Rose Cellars, Sequim, will be pouring the 2013 Bell Bottom white, 2013 Rosato, 2012 Primitivo, 2013 Malbec (new release) and 2012 Dolcetto.  A VIP bar will offer guests a chance to taste additional wines. The winery will also be open at night with live music planned on Friday, 11/7 and Saturday, 11/8: no cover! Friday night 7-9pm Twisted Roots: Americana/folk/rock; Saturday night 7-9pm Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz: Jazz.

The festivities will begin on Friday, Oct. 7 at Port Angeles’ Olympic Cellars, with an evening of “Jazz in the Cellar.” Details at www.olympiccellars.com. During the wine tour, visitors will enjoy Nash's Carrot Soup, creamy, sweet and delicious, paired with Dungeness White Riesling. Winemaker Greg Vogtritter will be on site to discuss the ups and downs of the 2014 harvest, and a couple barrel samples will be served – Winemaker’s Choice. The 2007 Neuharth’s Legacy, a full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon blend and the Opus of Olympic Cellars’ former French winemaker, Benoit Murat, will be available for tasting. Solve the scarecrow's puzzle to be entered to win an Olympic Cellars gift card!

Wine and food, food and wine – it’s what Port Angeles’ Camaraderie Cellars is all about; great wine paired with delicious food.  Camaraderie will celebrate the harvest season with wines to pair with hearty fall meals. Visitors can savor vegetables roasted in the winery’s wood-fired oven and tasty bites from Oven Spoonful. These will pair nicely with Trinquer, a white wine blend, and with big reds such as a newly released 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, the beautifully smooth Elegance (a Bordeaux-style blend), and some other favorites.  Check out the great assortment of vinegars, olive oils, smoked sea salts, and onion powders in the gift shop - all perfect for holiday gastronomic creations.  

While the main focus at Port Angeles’ Harbinger Winery is producing mind-blowing wines, Winemaker Sara Gagnon and her team believe strongly in the beauty and goodness of locally grown and prepared foods. In a celebration of the region’s bounty, the winery is serving up a locally-grown menu of seasonal sensations.  Try a hearty Hubbard Squash and Chanterelle Bisque with Panini-Style grilled Cheese Fingers paired with the 2012 Viognier and 2013 Rhone Rosé, Sunrise Meats Smoked Andouille Bites with the newly released 2011 Malbec, and fresh Cranberry Tarts that will leave one's palate pining for Thanksgiving!  Think of it as a palatial tour of the northwest bounty! 100% Local, 100% Delicious! These dishes have been prepared to match exceptionally with Harbinger wines. We are excited to share this gastronomic occasion with you! 

Please Note:
Due to the limited facilities at our small wineries, groups of more than 15 cannot be accommodated during event weekends. Please email info@olympicpeninsulawineries.org to schedule a special group tour for another time.

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