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Taste Tourist eat a Pathway to the Peninsula

Taste Washington annually draws more than 6,400 wine and food enthusiasts to the Puget Sound to celebrate Washington wine and farm fresh food.

The most adventurous, and already sold out event, is the "Flyaway to Wine." This is where you’ll find me. You get to travel by floatplane to the Olympic Peninsula, touching down at the picturesque Resort at Port Ludlow. Greeted dockside with a taste, you’ll then be escorted to Finnriver Farm & Cidery, a 50-acre organic family farm, orchard and artisan cidery in Chimacum. Tickets without the floatplane ride are also on sale.

After the tour, enjoy a delicious lunch in the Cider Garden prepared by Chef Dan Ratigan of The Fireside Restaurant at the Resort at Port Ludlow. Featured wineries and cider include Waterbrook Winery (one of the oldest wineries in Walla Walla), Doubleback (Drew Bledsoe’s family winery) and Finnriver Farm & Cidery.

Limited Tickets are still available for 

Choice No. 2 is "Dining on Heyday Farm" on Bainbridge Island. Heyday Farms is a family-owned, 25-acre sustainable and historic farm. Diners will savor a delightful meal in the barn prepared by two local chefs, Tad Mitsui, executive chef and proprietor at Heyday Farm, and Chef Zoie Antonia.

 

YUM!

Pairing Wine and Food – a Primer for the Holidays

Thanks to the "Working Girls" at Olympic Cellars Winery for this "sip"sational primer on pairing holiday foods and the perfect wine! Just in time for our annual listing of just a few of the many delicious Thanksgiving feasts being prepared all around the LOOP. YUM! If you can’t visit Olympic Cellars, and  all the other OCL member wine and cideries this weekend for the annual Harvest Wine Tour, Olympic Cellars has put together a few suggestions and a three pack wine special to help you on your way.  This party pack of Dungeness White Riesling, Cranberry Jubilee and Dungeness Red is specially priced at $50.00.  Click here to order on-line.

On to the Pairing Principals!

Depending on where you are in your wine journey, the idea of pairing wine to food can be overwhelming.  This is especially true during the holidays when preparing a meal for several guests. Match Acidity with Acidity Acidic white wines, like our Madeleine Angevine have a crisp, citrusy tang. They pair well with any simply prepared shellfish, particularly oysters, but also seafood salad and vinaigrette. Acidic red wines, like our Dungeness Red Lemberger taste like a basket of fresh berries.  The acidity cuts through rich side dishes and doesn’t overpower lighter meats. Dungeness Red is delicious with a classic Thanksgiving Dinner. Offset Spice or Salt with Sweetness A slightly sweet white wine helps to cool spicy dishes.  Our Dungeness White Riesling pairs beautifully with Thai curry. Also, salty food like ham will pair well with a sweeter wine.  Think spiral ham glazed with cranberry orange sauce served with our Cranberry Jubilee. Yumm! Pair Light with Light Pork is a lighter meat, so you want to pair it with a medium bodied red wine.  Our 2014 Zinfandel is perfect with roast pork.  As a side note, Washington State Zinfandel is very different from California Zinfandel, which tends to be big and taste of purple fruits.  Washington Zin tends to be a little lighter and taste of red fruits like raspberries. These are dry red wines – not sweet Zinfandel Rose’ which is referred to as White Zin. Big Flavors with Big Red  Big reds, pair with hearty red meat.  A classic pairing is grilled steak with sautéed mushrooms and a Bordeaux Blend.  Our Winemaker’s Signature pairs beautifully with heartier foods. The tannins help balance the richness of a steak dinner allowing the flavors of the wine to shine. Sweet Wine with Dessert  The sugar in the dessert and the sweetness in the wine will balance.   My Sweet Syrah pairs well with anything chocolate, but pumpkin pie might be better with a fruitier white like our My Sweet Angevine or even Cranberry Jubilee.  Sweet Rose’ wine pairs well with creamy, mild desserts. Give Them What They Want If you know that Aunt Julie only drinks sweet, white wine, don’t bother trying to convince her that she will enjoy a full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with her Beef Wellington.  It just won’t work for her. Pick up a bottle of something you know she enjoys and don’t wine shame.

Delicious and affordable white wines for summer enjoyment

Congrats to Wind Rose Cellars for getting top listing in this great article by By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue, highlighting wonderful whites to sip this summer! Great Northwest Wine Make some room in your refrigerator because it’s time to keep a few bottles of delicious Northwest white wine and pink wines on hand. There is nothing quite like a chilled, refreshing glass of wine to enjoy on the back deck after a long, warm day, and we have compiled a list of eight affordable white and rosé wines using Northwest grapes. All of these are priced at $15 and below. We tend to look for wines that offer crisp acidity, which means they are more likely to pair well with a wide variety of dishes. Enjoy these versatile wines with fresh seafood and grilled meats, particularly chicken or pork. Ask for these at your favorite wine merchant or contact the wineries directly. Wind Rose Cellars 2015 Rosato, Yakima Valley, $15: Olympic Peninsula vintner David Volmut’s Italian-themed rosé focuses on fruit from Lonesome Spring Ranch. The blend of Dolcetto and Sangiovese offers an alluring strawberry/rhubarb color with aromas to match, including Rainier cherry, nectarine and a rub of dried herbs. The fluid is refreshing with delicate red fruit flavors akin to raspberry, Rainier cherry and cranberry. (12% alc.) http://www.heraldnet.com/life/delicious-and-affordable-white-wines-for-summer-enjoyment/

Now Taste the Magnifique Wine - and Way of Life - at Walter Dacon Winery

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[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="640"]walter dacon winery Ann Anderson welcomes tasters in their cozy setting at Walter Dacon Winery.[/caption]

"Life is Magnifique – Now Taste the Wine at Walter Dacon Winery"

By Mary Ellen Psaltis The sign on Highway 101 says, Walter Dacon Winery – Tourist Attraction. Delay your errand in Shelton and turn right on Skookum Road. It’s not far to the winery. Award winning wines accompanied by their down-to-earth vintners are ready to charm your taste buds, and then keep you coming back for more. Lloyd and Ann Anderson, owners of Walter Dacon Winery, are a two-person show. The grapes may be grown in Eastern Washington, but the crushing, crafting, bottling and labeling are done right on their property. The vintage tasting room is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m. Ann or Lloyd is there to talk with you about the wine, answer your questions and share a friendly visit. The official greeter is Beaux, their dog who is noticeably quiet but attentive. Their at-home winemaking enterprises blossomed into a business after years of coaxing by friends. Who imagined that that first bottle of wine they shared on a trip to Reno air show with mutual friends would end up with their marriage and a business? Both Ann and Lloyd had already had careers. Ann had retired from 25 years at the state and Lloyd had a forestry consulting business. The couple studied wine making and traveled to UC Davis to further their wine knowledge.
  Read the rest of this article: http://www.thurstontalk.com/2015/05/30/walter-dacon-winery/

Boys [and Working Girls] in the Boat - Olympic Cellars Connection to Olympic Gold

There's nothing like a good glass of wine to help wind a story into an epic experience.Kathy - Working Girl WG-header-2012.jpg Original Olympic Cellars "Working Girl", Kathy Charlton, invites readers to connect the historical (and sometimes hysterical) dots from:
  • Rowing Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics,
  • A near salad bar at TGI Friday’s survival story!
  • Best seller "Boys in the Boat's" connection between University of Washington and Sequim.
All to illustrate how dedicated collaboration: be it making wonderful wine, or beating all odds to win Gold , depends on tenacity and teamwork!
“Great crews may have men or women of exceptional talent or strength; they may have outstanding coxswains or stroke oars or bowmen; but they have no stars. The team effort—the perfectly synchronized flow of muscle, oars, boat, and water; the single, whole, unified, and beautiful symphony that a crew in motion becomes—is all that matters. Not the individual, not the self.” - George Pocock 
So pour a nice glass of Olympic Cellars wine, (I always try to keep a bottle of their "Handyman Red" on hand!) and  read Kathy's great post before you read - or re-read - Daniel James Brown's Boys in the Boat              A great summer adventure awaits!           Read Kathy's "Boys [Girls] in the Boat" post: http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=aaf43e68a3888a25147e63609&id=50af315b70&e=6951bd51d9  

Finnriver's "Spirited Apple" Ginner Hot Toddy!

HOT  'Spirited Apple'  GINGER TODDY RECIPE
Here's a perfect finishing touch to a cold, winter day...a hot toddy with warming ginger and Finnriver's Spirited Apple Wine. There are many recipes out there for a hot toddy, but here's one we've adapted from  Serious Eats:
In a medium saucepan, add water, ginger root slices and optional cloves. Squeeze lemon juice into the saucepan, adding lemon halves into the liquid. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce to medium heat, so the liquid is bubbling. Cook for 10 minutes, until the mixture has reduced and has enough of a gingery taste to your liking. Strain, removing cloves, lemon halves and ginger from the liquid. Pour into two mugs. Add enough honey and Spirited Apple Wine to your tastes. Garnish with lemon slices, a sprinkle of cinnamon if you like, and serve.  Relish the warmth!
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Washington winemakers prep for another record harvest

Delicious news for Olympic Peninsula Wine lovers!

Andy Perdue of www.greatnorthwestwine.com reports that with wine grape harvest getting into full swing in another week to 10 days, Washington wine grape growers and winemakers anticipate another record harvest.
Experts expect this year's harvest to yield at least a 10 percent increase in grapes, which would put this fall's total at about 230,000 tons. This will easily surpass last year's record harvest.
Read more and then get ready for LOTS of wonderful swirling, sipping and spitting!

Dungeness Crab Cakes - Recipe from Westport Winery

Kim Roberts of Westport Winery shares this seasonal recipe from the coast.  Adding this tip:

"Best paired with Willapa WhitePinot Gris -- or Riesling while listening to 'Wanted: Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi' "

 

Crab Cakes

Finely dice:Crab Cake (Westport Winery)

1 c celery

1 c onion

1 c carrot

1⁄2 c garlic

Saute in garlic butter and cool.

In a bowl, mix together:

7 eggs

1 lemon zest and juice

2 T Worcestershire sauce

1-1/2 T parsley, chopped

7 green onion, chopped

2 T salt

2 T Old Bay

Combine with the sautéed ingredients and add:

3 lb fresh Dungeness crabmeat, picked over for shells and cartilage

4 cups Panko

Let sit 1⁄2 hour.

Rounding the LOOP! Catching up with Clallam County

MapCvrImageTilt+ShadowOf the 4 counties comprising the Olympic Culinary Loop. Clallam County boasts some the most densely concentrated market basket of delicious places to eat and experience in both Port Angeles and Sequim! Download onto your phone, or print off at home, or pick-up - just about ANYWHERE - a current copy of the Culinary Adventure Map and get ready to dine well in Clallam County! Here's what's happening right now at a handful of our most active Clallam County OCL members are up to:

 The Lodges of Olympic National Park and Forest - Lake Crescent Lodge Restaurant has been designated a 3 Star Certified #Green Restaurant!  They did this by implementing 77 steps in Six Environmental Categories: Energy, Water, Waste, Food, Disposables, and Chemicals. Learn more at http://bit.ly/1mnj58K

 Camaraderie Cellars - Invites YOU inside with wine and a tasting room full of new friends!
Photo: Chilly outside but not inside with wine!
 Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles Crab House -  Be it for a wedding, sea kayaking or delicious dining. Visitors are regularly rewarded with beautiful evening light at the Red Lion Port Angeles!
Photo: A beautiful evening at the Red Lion Port Angeles!
 Kokopelli Grill - is preparing for their next winemaker dinner! Thanks Michael and Candie for making everyone feel at home! They have as much fun hosting and cooking as we do eating!
 Michael's Fresh Northwest Seafood & Steakhouse - You just can't beat the classics! Yum! Steak Oscar!
Beef tenderloin topped with Dungeness crab meat, pan roasted cauliflower and mashed baby red potatoes all drizzled with Bernaise.
Photo: Beef tenderloin topped with Dungeness crab meat, pan roasted cauliflower and mashed baby red potatoes all drizzled with Bernaise. Voila-Steak Oscar!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
You just can't beat the classics!
 Bella Italia - Tuesday's Tastings are always a great way to survive the work week! Recent Tuesday Tasting  #101 featured OCL member Lullaby Vineyards- Hosted by Virginie Bourgue! http://conta.cc/1hWf881
   
 Cafe' New Day - Here your eyes and ears are fed as well as your taste buds! On-going "artist in residence" program combined with LOTS of live music make Cafe New Day a brand NEW experience every time you dine! Here's a recent combo: Have a perfect new day with John Manno on Harp today from 11-2pm.
Photo: Have a perfect new day with John Manno on Harp today from 11-2pm.
 Olympic Cellars Winery - Join us! This Sunday, June 1 at noon, we will be hand bottling our new Sailing Moon Ruby Dessert Wine. Greg is looking for 10ish volunteers to help. It should take about two hours and volunteers will have the first opportunity to purchase this limited release Port Style wine. Call the winery at 360-452-0160 to sign up.
 Blondies Plate - Tonight Chef Carlos has prepared Pork Roulade stuffed with Umami Pesto, Crusted and Deep Fried to make the most incredible crunchy coating around delicate Pork with a Savory punch!!
Photo: Tonight Chef Carlos has prepared Pork Roulade stuffed with Umami Pesto, Crusted and Deep Fried to make the most incredible crunchy coating around delicate Pork with a Savory punch!!
 Nourish Sequim - offers your daily serving of YUM! Here's a sampling:
  • Open Mic Wednesday evening featuring Food Related songs come and join the fun from 6.00 ...
  • This week's Dine-at-Home menu offers you some tasty options...moving towards lighter foods while still offering a beef stew for the days when our Sequim sun is not shining. As always all fish and shrimp are wild caught, meats are pasture raised and local. Try the almond lemon cake, it is a new recipe, based on the Almond carrot cake that everyone enjoys. If Nash's strawberry's are ready we will include them in the scones..."if".http://www.nourishsequim.com/food/dine-at-home-dinners/
  • Sunday Brunch with Chez Jazz June 1st reserve your table now to avoid missing them, We are filling up fast 11.30 - 1.30
  • Chefs at play (daily!) in the herb garden
    Nourish Sequim's photo.
 Alder Wood Bistro - Some of today's wood-fired delights…
Country Loaf, Focaccia, Apple Pie and Nash’s loaf w/Theo’s coco nibs
Photo: Some of today's wood-fired delights…<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Country Loaf, Focaccia, Apple Pie and Nash’s loaf w/Theo’s coco nibs
 Nash's Organic Produce - Fresh from the field; Come on down! Strawberries, amazing spinach, asparagus, all going fast!!! Check out our Grab bags for only $6.50.. First berries of the season coming atcha this weekend at our Farm Store, select farmers markets and produce, grains, and flours on your plates or on the racks at the following fine PNW establishments this weekend. Many thanks! We're so lucky to have such amazing food communities right here in the PNW. Michael's Fresh Northwest Seafood & Steakhouse Nourish Sequim Bastille Cafe & Bar Stoneburner Tilth Preston Hill Bakery Agrodolce GoodFood World!
Photo: I didn't get a chance to snap a photo this morning, but it looked pretty much like this, but with a little more drizzle.  First berries of the season coming atcha this weekend at our Farm Store and select farmers markets!

Dockside Grill on Sequim Bay - As I type this, Josh Souza is filleting FRESH HALIBUT from the Strait of Juan de Fuca (less than an hour old) for your meal at Dockside Grill. It doesn't get fresher than this!!

Personalities Around the LOOP - Don & Vicki of Camaraderie Cellars

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="120"] Don & Vicki of Camaraderie Cellars[/caption] Meet Don & Vicki of Camaraderie Cellars! View their brief video postcard:   http://youtu.be/Dc8LtDkD8wc
Answer the 3 content quiz questions below in the MESSAGE box and be entered to win an OCL  prize package drawn at random from all correct "Personalities Around the LOOP" entries.
Camaraderie Cellars quiz: (Tip: simply cut-n-paste questions into Message box, add your answers and press SUBMIT. Good luck!)
  1.  Story behind the name Camaraderie?
  2.  Most people tell time in years, Don instead counts what?
  3.  Besides grapes what other art form shows-off Don's talents?
[bestwebsoft_contact_form] Personalities Around the LOOP is a series of video postcards highlighting some of the unique people that make-up the delicious Culinary Adventure found all around the Olympic Culinary Loop!

Walla Walla’s Lullaby Winery moves to Port Townsend

Welcome Lullaby to your new home in the Olympic Peninsula! Reprint from Great Northwest Wine PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. – A Walla Walla Valley winery has relocated to this Victorian town on the northern Olympic Peninsula. Port Townsend, a harbor town that traces its history back to the 1790s, is almost as far away from Washington’s vineyards as possible, but it is home to Virginie Bourgue, a longtime Washington winemaker who owns Lullaby Winery. Bourgue, who has worked for such wineries as Chateau Ste. MichelleBergevin Lane andCadaretta, said she moved closer to Seattle because she self-distributes her 700 cases of annual wine production. “I did not want to live in the city, so I went to the peninsula because it is really appealing,” she told Great Northwest Wine. “The elements here are in harmony. It reminded me of my childhood.” Bourgue was raised in Bonnieux, in the south of France. She worked in Provence, the Loire Valley and Champagne before emigrating to the United States in 2002. She joined Bergevin Lane in Walla Walla in 2003. Three years later, she left Bergevin Lane to start Lullaby Winery and craft highly regarded wines for Cadaretta. Bourgue left Cadaretta in 2010 to focus her energy on Lullaby Winery, which was beginning to enjoy critical and consumer acclaim. In 2011, she moved to Port Townsend, though she kept her production at Artifex, a winemaking facility in Walla Walla. During that time, she also was a consulting winemaker for Olympic Cellars near Sequim, about 30 miles to the west of Port Townsend.

Lullaby Winery to be open by appointment

Lullaby Winery is in Port Townsend, Washington. Lullaby Winery makes eight different wines and is open by appointment, (Photo courtesy of Lullaby Winery) During last fall’s harvest, Bourgue was able to find a suitable production facility near Port Townsend and now will move her entire operation to the Olympic Peninsula. Because she is a one-person company, she will not have a tasting room with regular hours, though she will be open by appointment for individuals and small groups. Bourgue, who makes eight different wines, said she hopes to be able to serve small bites of food with her wines because she wants visitors to experience a more complete food-and-wine experience. Though Port Townsend is several hours’ drive from the Columbia Valley and its vineyards, it is in a wine destination region. Lullaby will join eight other wineries on the northern Olympic Peninsula. Another seven wineries are on Bainbridge Island, less than an hour to the south. And a handful of others are scattered along the southern Olympic Peninsula and among the San Juan Islands. “Port Townsend is a destination on its own,” Bourgue said.

[ To read the rest of this great post, go to Great Northwest Wine ]