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Red Wine and Chocolate:
Olympic Peninsula Winery Tour
February 8, 9, and 15, 16, and 17, 2014
The Olympic Peninsula Wineries are taking the quintessential pairing of red wine & chocolate to new heights this year, featuring a host of never imagined sweet and savory combinations during the annual Red Wine & Chocolate Tour, Feb. 8-9 and Feb. 15-17 (Presidents’ Day Weekend) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
“Nothing is more delicious than a good red wine and the right chocolate shared amid the beauty of the North Olympic Peninsula,” says Association President Vicki Corson. “Participants who visit all nine of our wineries will be entered into a drawing for an elegant wine themed gift basket.” The Olympic Peninsula Wineries are pleased to welcome Marrowstone Vineyards to our group. Wine tastings at Marrowstone Vineryards will be included with your Red Wine & Chocolate Tour tickets.
Tickets may be purchased at participating wineries during the event, on a first come basis. The $30 ticket and glass package entitles you to a special commemorative wine glass, complimentary wine tasting at all nine OPW Wineries and delectable samples of chocolate at each winery during the Red Wine & Chocolate Weekends. New this year is the option of a $20 ticket. The $20 ticket includes tasting fees at four of the OPW wineries, special commemorative wine glass, and delectable samples of chocolate at each winery during the Red Wine & Chocolate Weekends. Four winery tickets are available online for $20. 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 are invited to enjoy chocolate samples at each winery.
Following is a rundown of the sensory experience that awaits tour goers this year.
Visitors heading to the Olympic Peninsula from the Seattle area via the Edmonds-Kingston or Bainbridge Island ferries may choose to begin their tour at Marrowstone Vineyards, the newest winery on the Red Wine & Chocolate route. Beautifully situated overlooking the Puget Sound , Whidbey Island and the Cascade Mountains, this micro winery annually produces a total 500 cases of red and white wines in the Alsatian style, characterized by dryness and crisp acidity.
Owner/winemakers Ken and Judith Collins will treat tour goers to a sampling of two Pinot Noir wines, one produced from grapes grown in Washington and the other from grapes grown in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, as well as a dry, white Madeleine Angevine, also produced from Washington grown grapes. The wines will be paired with chocolates by the Port Townsend Chocolate Company, as well as an exquisite handmade toffee by the Heavenly Taste Toffee.
While sipping wine, visitors can admire local art displays in the winery tasting room and upstairs gallery. Marrowstone is currently featuring ceramics from Marrowstone Pottery, highly crafted woodwork from Benchmark Woods, and the photography of Kathryn Nichols.
Getting to Marrowstone Island
Immediately after crossing the Hood Canal Bridge, take the first right turn onto Paradise Bay Road. Follow Paradise Bay Road into Port Ludlow and turn right onto Oak Bay Road. Follow Oak Bay Road about ten miles and turn right onto Flagler Road (Rt. 116) following signs towards Fort Flagler and Nordland to get onto Marrowstone Island. The winery is on Meade Road, which is a right turn off of Flagler Road (Rt. 116).
Feel the Love – and the Heat – at Finnriver Farm & Cidery. Retracing their path off Marrowstone Island with a right on Oak Bay Road, followed by a left at the next intersection in Port Hadlock, tour goers will be en route to visit Finnriver Farm & Cidery and Eaglemount Wine & Cider.
A 33 acre organic family farm and artisan cidery located in Chimacum, Finnriver produces hard ciders, dessert wines and spirits from organic and homestead fruits. This year owners Keith and Crystie Kisler welcome Red Wine & Chocolate Tour-goers to sample two decadent special releases in their "brandy wine" line. Ripe, red Raspberry Wine, making a beautiful splash in the "Love and Bubbles" Champagne Cider Cocktail, and Brandy & Cacao, a rich, warm, bittersweet dessert wine that melts in the mouth and heats the heart; a sweet dream come true thanks to friends a Theo Chocolate. Succulent gourmet sipping chocolate by Jennifer Michele Chocolat will be available for tasting in the pavilion while locally baked tarts by Crust, made with chocolate and Finnriver’s Black Currant Brandy, come hot out of the wood fire oven.
New this year, guests can enter Finnriver’s "Have a Heart" prize drawing for some big treats, including a romantic two-night stay in the delightful Huckleberry House retreat cottage at Finnriver.
Nearby Eaglemount Wine & Cider crafts fine wines as well as hard ciders made from apples grown on its homestead orchard. Apple varieties include Gravenstein, Winter Banana, Jonathan, Roxbury russet, and more. Visitors can sample new wine and cider releases paired with chocolates by Chocolate Serenade.
On to FairWinds – Where the Chocolate Fountain Flows Again! For the eighth year in a row, Port Townsend’s FairWinds Winery will feature what owner/winemakers Mike and Judy Cavett have dubbed the “tallest chocolate fountain known to man!” Dark European chocolate will once again bubble out the top and cascade down the fountain’s sides enticing visitors to dip strawberries and other delightful sweets into its ebony decadence. FairWinds Port O’Call will be paired with the chocolate fountain while other wine releases are waiting to be sampled. Guests who deliver the “secret phrase” to a cellar helper can sample something special from a barrel.
Italian–style Wines at Wind Rose Cellars - Heading west from Port Townsend to Sequim, wine enthusiasts won’t want to miss a stop at Wind Rose Cellars. Owner/winemakers David Volmut and Jennifer States will be teaming up with Master Chocolatier Yvonne Yokota of Yvonne’s Chocolates, pairing five of their signature Italian-style wines, including the new release Bravo Rosso, with a unique selection of single source chocolates. Additional wines will be available for tasting in Wind Rose’s VIP area.
Getting to Wind Rose Cellars
1. From Highway 101 take the Sequim Ave exit
2. Turn onto S Sequim Ave, northbound
3. Turn left onto W Washington St (the first stoplight)
4. Wind Rose Cellars will be on the left near the middle of the block at 143 W Washington St, Sequim, WA 98382
A “Gold Medal Experience” and More in Port Angeles
This year’s Red Wine and Chocolate Tour happens to coincide with the start of the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. That said, and in the spirit of “going for the gold,” Port Angeles’ Olympic Cellars will release and sample all four of its 2009 gold medal winners, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Syrah. A special Gold Medal Box Set including all four wines will be available for $110.00 throughout both tour weekends.
“Chocolate Bark” produced by Yvonne Yokota will be paired with the award winning red wines as well as a selection of whites and rosés. The bark is designed to melt in the mouth, melding with the wine and enabling one to fully experience each pairing. Yokota will also create a port infused truffle featuring a barrel sample of Winemaker Greg Vogtritter’s 2013 Port O’Angeles.
An onsite “Love Is In The Air” Gallery featuring the work of photographer Eric Neurath, Chilean printmaker and painter Monica Gutierrez-Quarto, painter Jeff Tocher, and abstract media artist Patrick Loafman, and a photo booth filled with fun props for do-it-yourself photos will round out this gold medal experience.
From Olympic Cellars, a 10 minute westward drive along Hwy. 101 will take visitors to Black Diamond Winery, situated on 20 acres overlooking Tumwater Creek. Black Diamond specializes in fruit wines made with locally-grown fruit and berries. Tour goers can enjoy sampling Boysenberry, Raspberry and Strawberry wines, as well as Muller-Thurgau, a slightly sweet white wine with aromatic undertones. The wines will be paired with assorted chocolates.
Continuing westward on Hwy. 101 and turning left on Benson Road, tour goers will traverse the natural setting that surrounds beautiful Camaraderie Cellars where Winemaker Don Corson crafts the fine red wines for which the winery is known. Classic favorites including Cabernet Franc, Merlot and some blended wines will be available for tasting during the tour. The winery will debut its new enclosed crush area – a wonderful gathering space complementing the outdoor garden – where wines will be paired with a savory treat featuring a secret family BBQ sauce recipe with a chocolate twist. Reserve tastings of some older vintages will be available for an additional $5.00.
At neighboring Harbinger Winery, Winemaker Sara Gagnon and crew will host a celebration of several great things -- the survival of another cold, dark January, and the anticipation of romance, red wine and just plain fun! Visitors are invited to indulge in a “Hall of Fame” sampling, that pairs the popular Dynamo Red wine with Harbinger’s own chocolate potato chip invention; the 2009 Rapture with a new secret chocolate combination from Chuao; the 2010 Bolero with the “Chocolate Rocket,” and the not-to-be-missed Raspberry Bliss with a chocolate confection that will “transport one to Blissville.” Those whose taste buds are left screaming for more can step into the Kitty Kat Lounge and try the VIP aphrodisiac chocolate and wine sampling – guaranteed to leave one with a new appreciation for chocolate and aspirations to be a better wine lover.
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.
The Olympic Peninsula Wineries encourage responsible wine touring and recommend that you have a designated driver in your group.