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

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. 7-8 and 14-16 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 nine artisan wineries including Lullaby Winery, a new wine destination, will delight your senses!

Ticket and glass package entitles you to a special commemorative wine glass, complimentary wine tasting and chocolate samples at all NINE OPW Wineries. Online ticket sales have now ended,remaining tickets will be sold for $30 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 $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.  Visit 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 nine 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 Farm, a 33-acre organic family farm and artisan cidery located in Chimacum, will be serving-up “Love and Bubbles,” a champagne cider cocktail featuring a splash of ripe red Raspberry Brandy Wine. Visitors can also enjoy the new Passionate Currant Cocktail, featuring Finnriver’s Good Food Award-winning Black Currant Cider. If it’s chilly outside, the rich, warm and bittersweet Cacao Brandy dessert wine will melt in your mouth and heat your heart.  "Spice It Up" tea with cacao and cinnamon from Pippa's Real Tea will be available in the pavilion, where locally baked tarts by Crust made with Finnriver’s Raspberry Wine, Theo Chocolate and Fresh Breeze Cream will come hot out of the wood fire oven. Bundle up for a beautiful visit to the farm!

Marrowstone Vineyards
Taste the wine, savor the chocolate, peruse local art and enjoy the fabulous view of Puget Sound, Whidbey Island, and the Cascades! 
Owner/winemakers Ken and Judith Collins will host local chocolatier Lynn Hamlin-LeMaster of the Port Townsend Chocolate Company. Together they have carefully paired Hamlin-LeMaster’s dark chocolates, white chocolates and caramels with the winery’s newly released 2013 Black Cat Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gray Cat Pinot Gris, and Yellow Truck Apple Wine. Visitors can sip, savor and admire local art displays in the winery tasting room and in the upstairs gallery. A percentage of the proceeds from sales of these wines support the Humane Society of Jefferson County and Washington State University.

Lullaby Winery, Port Townsend – NEW TOUR DESTINATION!
Owner/winemaker Virginie Bourgue’s vision for Lullaby Winery is that of a destination where visitors will enjoy a unique experience in the “universe of gastronomy and well-living.” A native of Provence, France, Bourgue’s winemaking mission is “to handcraft wines that have personality and a sense of place.” Her Red Wine & Chocolate Tour debut will feature four handpicked wines, the Rouge de Virginie First Edition (a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon); a barrel sample of her newest creation, a fortified red wine; Lullaby Viognier and Mi Amor, a sweet Viognier. The creations of two artisan chocolatiers, La Maison Jovaud of Provence, and Petits Noirs of Walla Walla, will be paired with the wines. During the tour, visitors will be invited to participate in a mindful artistic collaboration titled, The Ceiling of Wishes or The Sky is the Limit. Based on a Japanese custom, origami cranes containing a person’s written wish for the year will hang from Lullaby’s ceiling throughout 2015. During the last week in December, the cranes will be burned to make room for the following year’s wishes.

For the ninth 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.

Also located in Port Townsend, Eaglemount Wine & Cider is excited to share its newest releases during the tour. This includes Quince mead, deliciously sweet and filled with an abundance of complex fruit flavors; a delightful Dandelion wine; and its newest vintage of Cabernet Franc. Visitors can also enjoy tasting crisp and refreshing craft ciders and additional award-winning wines paired with locally made chocolates, hors-d'oeuvres, and sweet specials.

In Sequim, Wind Rose Cellars will feature two new releases, the 2013 Dolcetto and the 2012 Bravo Rosso, paired with Yvonne's Chocolates of Sequim. Regional chocolates from Hawaii, Columbia and other locations will also be available. Guests can step into Wind Rose’s VIP Bar to taste additional wines paired with Yvonne's truffles.
The fun continues into the evening on both tour weekends. Wind Rose will remain open with food specials, wine and live music from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 7      Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz vocal jazz
- Friday, Feb.13         Mary Tulin Celtic Fret Noir
- Saturday, Feb.14     "Lush Life" Jazz Trio with Trevor Hanson, Jim Rosand and Joey Lazzaro

In Port Angeles, Olympic Cellars will morph into the late 19th century Moulin Rouge, where visitors can taste award-winning wines and elegant chocolates while lounging on velvet covered sofas under the red lights of Paris. De Novo Chocolates, known for imaginative flavor combinations, will be paired with the new release 2012 Zinfandel; the 2009 Merlot, a gold medal winner; the 2009 Syrah, also a gold medal winner; and Sailing Moon, a 2013 Port-style blend of four Portuguese grape varietals.

De Novo will donate a portion of its proceeds from Red Wine & Chocolate to the local Humane Society, which will be on site during the tour to answer questions and accept donations.

Camaraderie Cellars, also in Port Angeles, will celebrate tradition and something new during the 2015 tour. Known for delicious red wines, Camaraderie will feature the 2009 Merlot along with some great blends. New to the line-up is Quadra, a red wine blend with a bit of port added -- perfect for after dinner sipping with a great piece of chocolate!  Molly Babies chocolate cookie, a perennial favorite, makes a tasty pairing. Back by popular demand is the pulled pork with cocoa-spiced rub cooked in the winery’s wood fire oven.  A new touch to this favorite will be cocoa shavings from owner/winemakers Don and Vicki Corson’s Costa Rica trip. Special pricing for the tour weekends will help you take the memories home!

The Red Wine and Chocolate Tour is your ticket to unabashedly celebrate several great things at the same time; the survival of another cold, dark January, the anticipation of romance, and the indulgence of red wine and gourmet chocolate. The crew at Port Angeles’ Harbinger Winery has gleaned through old notes, picked out some of favorite pairings, and added a few new pleasures.

This year Harbinger Winery is proud to feature Christina & Charles Norman of “We Do Fudge,” located in Sequim. The Normans will showcase a myriad of fudge flavors that sing in harmony with the red wine pairings. Be prepared to savor the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt and Caramel Fudge with the Dynamo Red, a Chocolate Pecan Fudge with the Malbec, or a Blackberry infused fudge with just about any wine. Enter the wine and chocolate “Hall of Fame Sampling” by trying the crowd-pleasing Dynamo Red with Harbinger’s signature chocolate/potato chip “haystack;” it’s a grand slam!  And no pairing is complete without the Blackberry Bliss, whose sole existence cries chocolate. Not enough, you say?  Feeling a little amorous?  Visit the Kitty Kat Lounge and try the VIP Aphrodisiac Chocolate and Wine Sampling.  You will leave with a new appreciation for chocolate and ambitions to be a better wine lover. 


Please Note:
Due to the limited facilities at our small wineries, groups of more than 15 cannot be accommodated during event weekends. Please email 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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