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Olympic Peninsula Wine Tour Showcases Bounty of the Harvest November 9, 10, 11

2017-12-08 10:12:32

OCL members - Olympic Peninsula Wineries invite you to enjoy: Food, wine, fun – and scarecrows!

  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. Eight 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!” Advance tickets for the self-guided tour are available online 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 eight wineries are eligible to enter a drawing for a wine-themed gift basket. Wine Tour Highlights 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!   In 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. At Eaglemount Wine & Cider, also located in 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.   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.! Special for the Harvest Tour, 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 complementary on Sunday and Monday.  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!   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!                                                                    Most wineries will offer special pricing throughout the tour weekend.   Complementary Culinary Events Nourish Sequim, a garden-to-plate restaurant with a mission to raise awareness of local food sources, sound nutrition, and sustainable living practices will host a Winemaker Dinner beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, featuring wines and ciders from Harbinger Winery, Wine Rose, Finnriver Farm and Camaraderie Cellars. Guests can choose between two five-course set menus, one designed around a “Hunter” theme, featuring duck, roasted pork loin or salmon as the entrée; the other designed around a “Gatherer” theme, featuring two different vegetarian entrées that highlight fresh, local seasonal produce. The region’s ciders and wines are celebrated in the preparation of each course. The dinner is specially priced at $50.00-60.00 per person for Wine Tour ticketholders; $60.00-70.00 per person for non-ticketholders. A full flight of the featured wines, specially paired to accompany each course, is an additional $15.00 per person. Required reservations can be made online through Friday, Nov. 8. Seating is limited. 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. Simply show your Harvest Trail "Passports" for a 10% savings off of Sunday Brunch. Call for reservations, 360.797.1480. Lodging 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!   For more information, visit