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Red Wine and Chocolate:
Olympic Peninsula Winery Tour
February 13, 14, 15 & 20, 21, 2016


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A scrumptious red wine perfectly paired with just the right chocolate can bring out the romantic in anyone. The Olympic Peninsula Wineries will take that perfect pairing to another level this year, bringing together new release varietals and blends created with premium Washington grapes and decadent chocolate delights that will make you a better wine lover! Don’t miss the Red Wine & Chocolate Tour, which will take place over two delicious weekends, Feb. 13 - 15 and 20 - 21 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Enjoy a leisurely drive through the scenic Peninsula towns of Chimacum, Nordland (Marrowstone Island), Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles where TEN artisan wineries will delight your senses!

Ticket and glass package entitles you to a special commemorative wine glass, complimentary wine tasting and chocolate samples at all TEN OPW Wineries. Online tickets are $40, and remaining tickets will be sold for $45 at participating wineries, on a first come basis, during the Red Wine and Chocolate 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 $7 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.  Visit www.olympicpeninsulawineries.org for further information.

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 10 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 NW Wine and Cheese Tour in May. 


Following is a rundown of the culinary experiences that await tour-goers this year.

Finnriver invites you to drink in the love and the beauty with a visit to our Chimacum family farm!  Enjoy a sip of our seasonal Love & Bubbles cocktail, featuring our succulent Raspberry Brandywine and award-winning, hand-riddled méthode Champenoise Artisan Sparkling Cider.  We'll also offer tastes of our aged 'crew selection' Black Oak cider, our Cacao Brandy Wine, and our special release Red Currant 'Liberry' Wine featuring locally grown currants from Tahlequah Farm in Agnew and offered as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Jefferson County library. Fresh baked tarts by Crust Bakery hot out of the wood fire oven. And local chocolatier Elevated Candy will offer their custom-created truffles, made with select Finnriver brandywines. Bundle up and wear your boots for a walk on the land!  We would LOVE to see you here…

At Alpenfire we will be uncorking our new release of Cinders.  You will not only taste but see the traditional champagne process of neck freezing, disgorging and corking.  With Cinders we will serve dark chocolate truffle from Good Food Award winning Arrowhead Chocolates of Wallowa Oregon.   Hot Cakes of Seattle, another Good Food Award winner, will be providing samples of their molten cakes with a special vinegar caramel sauce they make with Alpenfire's Vinegar.  This cake will be served with our earthy, darkly sweet Ember Bittersweet Cider.   We will also be serving our Apples & Chocolate martini made with Dungeness Cider and Chocolate liquor and Pirate's Plank Bone Dry Cider.   Both delicious with a bite of Theo Chocolate.  Recipes and reduced price bottles of Dungeness cider will be available!  Hot spiked cider and coffee will be available as a warm up and yes we will have heaters!!

For 2016 Harbinger Winery has brought some of your favorite outdoor summer activities into the tasting room by introducing a gourmet S’mores Bar, complete with all the staples.  Graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate…and not just any ol’ chocolate! Try a bacon chocolate s’more with the Dynamo Red and you’ll feel like you just got away with something illegal!  And the salted chocolate caramel S’mores with the Bolero?  Be prepared to have your world rocked…it’s that good!  And we’re just getting started!  This event marks the heavily anticipated release of our Boysenberry Port, which has been barrel-aging to perfection in the cellar for the last 6 years.  Paired with a death-by-chocolate brownie seems like the perfect way to seal the bond.  Are you a lover of the beer world?  Try Port Townsend Brewery’s Chocolate Porter and fall in love all over again.  Are you in the mood for something special and beyond the ordinary?  Dare to step through the velvet curtain into the Kitty Kat Lounge, and prepare to be seduced with a Harbinger reserve wine and  artisan aphrodisiac chocolate pairing! And this year we’ve introduced a game-changer in the form of a reality-altering  Magic Chocolate Mushroom!  Pains are taken each year to find the most mind-blowing combinations…it is hard work but we are willing to take it on for you.  Bring a little more love into your life and visit us in the Kitty Kat Lounge!  The cost is $10/redeemable with a reserve bottle sale.  We guarantee the only disappointment will be when you finish your last sample, and you know you have to leave soon…

In Port Angeles, Olympic Cellars theme is Romance and Elegance.  Our cellar will be decorated with chandeliers and red velvet.  We know it’s called Red Wine & Chocolate but we couldn’t resist releasing our very limited production White Port for this event.  This Port -Styled wine is made from locally grown Madeleine Angevine grapes and fortified with brandy distilled in Port Townsend from our Madeleine Angevine wine.  It’s absolutely delicious and redolent of flavors of exotic fruits.  We only have 50 cases of this wine and it will sell out very quickly.   You do not want to miss this opportunity to taste and purchase our Sailing Moon White Dessert Wine.  It will be the epitome of elegance and romance paired with white chocolate, brie and strawberries.   Our activity for the event is a Love Lock fence.  You can bring your own lock or purchase one here from a local non-profit and lock your love in place at Olympic Cellars.  The fence will then be installed in our vineyard.  Our vision is a vineyard full of love locks with people revisiting their locks year after year as their love grows.  We will also be hosting artists in our Gallery of Love.  Jennifer Bright and Pam Dick will be displaying and selling locally made art in the cellar.  Winemaker Greg is very excited to pour his current favorite wine, our Neuharth’s Legacy 2013.  It’s a Tempranillo Souzao blend bottled in a magnum (1.5L).  A lush deep purple color, it offers complex aromatics of black currant and violet with the flavors of plum, clove vanilla and caramelized sugar. 

 Welcome to Marrowstone Vineyards!  Our view of Puget Sound and the snow-capped Cascades is lovely, even in the middle of February!  Come and taste our NEW RELEASE--our Black Dog Barbera--with our rescue dog, Ginger, gracing the label. 10% of the sales of this red wine is donated to the Humane Society of Jefferson County.  Our Chocolatier for the Red Wine and Chocolate Festival is the fabulous Port Townsend Chocolate Company. We are pairing dark chocolate with our Barbera and Pinot Noir, white chocolate with our Riesling and Gewurtztraminer. For the Festival, our White Wines are on SALE!


Wind Rose Cellars will be serving 5 wines this tour: Pinot Grigio, Dolcetto, Barbera, Bravo Rosso and Muscato.  We will have local Chocolatier Yvonne Yokota from Yvonne's Chocolates. We'll pair three of her locally made chocolates with three of our delicious wines. All wines being served will be 15% off. Cases 20% off. Select wines will be discounted even more. We'll also have a VIP bar where visitors can taste more wines for an additional fee.  We have music planned as well all shows 6:30-8:30:

Feb 12th: "Sarah Shea & Chez Quartet" vocal jazz

Feb 13th: Three Fools for Love :Jazz Linda Dowdel, Ted Enderle and Ed Donahue

Feb 19th: Jeremy & Anna local duo performs acoustic tunes from 60s-present

Feb 20th: "Malcolm Clark Trio" Blues


Ahoy!  Welcome aboard the double dip decadence voyage at FairWinds Winery.  We will be featuring not one – but two giant chocolate fountains!  One will be flowing with smooth, rich, dark Belgian chocolate and one with silky, creamy white chocolate.  Two new wines are offered this year for pairing with the chocolate:  Captain’s Port O’Call to pair with the dark chocolate and The Captain’s Lady Raspberry Liquor to savor with the white chocolate.  Two new wines, two chocolates to pair plus goodies for dipping!    Yikes!  We will also offer our current releases as usual and a pirate photo booth for your selfies.  In addition a Vertical Tasting of three Champoux Vineyards Cabs for an extra tasting fee of $10.00—not to be missed.


The Red Wine and Chocolate event is a favorite every year … and for good reason.  When else can you celebrate and enjoy two of life’s best things for you and that taste SO good?  Camaraderie Cellars has a full line up of chocolate-inspired foods but more on the savory side.  You won’t find truffles here but you will find chocolate and cherry infused scones, dark chocolate cookies, and our crowd-pleasing wood fired oven pulled pork dry rubbed with cocoa and chili spices.  Our chefs are local stars:  David Long of Rolling Bay Baking Company, Molly Woodruff of Molly Baby Baking Company fame, and our own chef Steve Corson, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.  Celebrate the beginning of the end of winter with our warm welcome around the big fire pit and match our food offerings with great red wines from our cellar.  Don’t miss the Quadra, our Spanish-inspired rich wine that is perfect with your favorite chocolate and a loved one.

 

Eaglemount Wine and Cider welcomes guests to our new tasting room in the historic Palindrome just outside of Port Townsend.  There will be new releases of red wines, ciders, and a special apple wine.  Our wines and ciders will be paired with chocolates and caramels from Chocolate Serenade from Sequim.  Guests will learn about the history of our new home and future plans for our winery, event and wedding center, and vineyard.   

 

This year at Lullaby Winery, you will be greeted with a taste of our newly released Morning Light, a unique nutty white wine served with a white chocolate and sea salt almond butter lollipop. To follow, we will serve the Rouge de Virginie, our fruity and delicious blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and our other newly released dessert red wine Carbon, made with Grenache Noir. It will be paired with a dark chocolate and cherry cupcake.  For your pleasure; Virginie has curated a selection of chocolates that will be available for purchase, along with the lollipops and the cupcakes.  We will host a Reserve Tasting separately where we will open the 2010 Lalayee and the 2010 Syrah. For $10, you will have a chance to taste wines that are produced in very limited quantity.  Our tasting room is small, we are a very small team, and we appreciate your patronage and your patience in weekends like the Red Wine and Chocolate.  With gratitude!  



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.

The Olympic Peninsula Wineries encourage responsible wine touring and recommend that you have a designated driver in your group.

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