Harvest Wine Tour
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Harvest Winery Tour & Scarecrow Contest
November 9, 10, and 11, 2013
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 9 – 11, Veteran’s Day Weekend, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Seven artisan wineries located in the Peninsula towns of Chimacum, Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles will pair new and current wine releases with locally grown and prepared cuisine that celebrates the season, from pumpkin soup to hearty stews to miniature caramel apple hand-pies. Visitors can vote for their favorite of the “wine scarecrows” that greet them at each venue, explore an onsite local marketplace, experience a winemaker dinner, enjoy an evening of jazz music and more!
“Fall is spectacular on the Olympic Peninsula,” says Wineries Association President Vicki Corson. “The long Veteran’s Day Weekend is a great opportunity to get away, taste some fantastic new wines and discover delicious new pairings for your holiday table.”
In the spirit of fun, the Harvest Wine Tour is B.Y.O.G. (Bring Your Own Glass)! “We all have a favorite wine glass that brings back fond memories or just makes the wine taste a little better,” explains Corson. “The tour is an opportunity to show off that glass and spark some interesting conversation. But no worries – we’ve got you covered if you forget!”
Tickets for the self-guided tour are available for purchase at participating wineries for $30.00. Independently, each winery charges a $5.00 tasting fee. Children are permitted in the tasting rooms, however visitors must be 21 years old to purchase a ticket and participate in wine tasting. Tour-goers who get their ticket stamped at all seven wineries are eligible to enter a drawing for a wine-themed gift basket.
2013 Harvest Winery Tour Highlights:
Wind Rose Cellars: Sequim, will pair its award winning wines with delicious harvest treats from Alder Wood Bistro. Visitors can sample five wines, Pinot Grigio, Dolcetto, Bravo Rosso, Primitivo and Muscato at the tasting bar, and then step into the VIP Room for an extended tasting experience. Saturday is Jazz Night, so come and rock downtown Sequim until 9 p.m.!
Harbinger Winery: 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 locally foraged wild mushroom stroganoff, wild-caught “Smoked Salmon Croquettes,” prepared to match exceptionally with a selection of wines including the 2012 Rhone Rose’, 2012 Off-Dry Riesling, 2010 Bolero (Tempranillo Blend), Cranberry Bliss and more!
Olympic Cellars: Port Angeles, will be pre-releasing its 2009 Cabernet Franc and 2009 Syrah, both award winners at the Denver International Wine Competition. These wines will then go back to the cellar until their official release in late spring. Chef Gabriel of Alder Wood Bistro will prepare a special Lamb Stew to pair with the 2009 Cabernet Franc. On Sunday and Monday guests can savor the winning clam chowder from the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival’s inaugural chowder cook-off. Outside on the patio, relax and enjoy mulled Dungeness Red wine paired with berry shortbread bites, and make a “baby scarecrow” using child/infant-sized clothing. Veterans receive complimentary tasting on Sunday and Monday.
Finnriver Farm & Cidery: Chimacum, will honor the autumn with several new releases including Spirited Blackberry Wine and Forest Ginger Seasonal Cider. Visitors will taste true cider tradition in the limited release Golden Russet and Appleblueberry ciders, produced from heritage cider apples. Miniature caramel apple hand-pies baked in the wood fire oven will be available to enjoy along with hot spiced “Chai-der,” featuring Dragonfly Chai and organic apple juice. Wear your farm boots and take a walk in the fields!
Eaglemounrt Wine & Cider: Port Townsend, tour-goers will enjoy new releases of Malbec, the Raven Bordeaux Blend and Cabernet Franc Port. A large cider selection will feature two new releases, Rhubarb and Quince ciders. The winery will further showcase the “misunderstood quince,” a pome fruit resembling a pear, with quince appetizers and a quince display.
FairWinds Winery: Port Townsend, FairWinds Winery will be serving a locally sourced pumpkin soup accompanied by a hot spiced wine, and sampling some up-and-coming wines straight from the barrel! On Veterans Day Monday, a videographer will be on site filming visiting vets who choose to “tell their story,” and there will be free hot dogs for all! After editing, the veterans’ stories will be posted on the winery website.
Camaraderie Cellars: Wine and food, food and wine – it’s what Port Angeles’ Camaraderie Cellars is all about; great wine paired with delicious food. The fall tour will mark the release of the 2011 vintage of Madrona, a proprietary blend that is a fan favorite. It pairs nicely with the root vegetable and beef stew that will be cooking in the winery’s wood fire oven. Guests will enjoy Camaraderie’s onsite local marketplace featuring local red and white wine vinegars made with Camaraderie wines, locally grown honey, Chef Steve Corson’s Cocoa Spice Rub and more. The winery’s beautiful garden setting is in its fall splendor. Come and visit!
Black Diamond Winery: Due to a family emergency Black Diamond Winery is not participating in the Harvest Winery Tour
Complementary Culinary Events
Reserve your table to experience the magic of combining four of the best Olympic Peninsula wineries with the best of Northwest food. Saturday, November 9 at Nourish in Sequim!
Incorporating the wines in glass and infused on plate will feature: Harbinger Winery, Finn River Cidery, Camaraderie Cellars and Wind Rose Cellars. All coming together with Nourish’s two menus of locally fished, farmed, raised and prepared foods…come celebrate the Harvest, dine and mingle with the Wine Makers at table. Enjoy Live Classical Jazz Guitar by Jason Popelka!
Harvest Wine Trail Passport holders will enjoy five-course banquet of either:
Hunter Menu $60 plus $15 beverage flight option, featuring main course entree choices of Duck, Pork or Salmon,
Gatherer Menu $50 plus $15 beverage flight option, featuring main course entree choices of Carnival Squash stuffed with quinoa and vegetable or Field Roast with Nash field peas! For a detailed menu click here
For those unable to participate in the Winemaker Dinner, Nourish will be cooking under the inspiration of the local “Harvest Trail” during their Champagne Brunch on Sunday, Nov. 10, served 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Show your Wine Trail Passport and save 10% off Brunch Sunday 11/10! Call for reservations, 360.797.1480.
The Olympic Peninsula Wineries Association is pleased to partner with the Holiday Inn Express & Conference Center for the Harvest Wine Tour event. The Inn is extending tour-goers a special standard room rate of $119.00 plus tax for the evenings of November 8 – 11. Located in Sequim, the Holiday Inn Express is the perfect “base camp” for relaxing and enjoying an extended weekend on the Olympic Peninsula. Make your online reservations early – this special rate will sell out quickly!
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.