Wine, Cider & Chocolate Tour
February 18th, 19th, & 20th 2017 // 11am - 5pm
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 in 2017, 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 Wine, Cider & Chocolate Tour, which will take place over two delicious weekends, Feb. 11th & 12th and 18th, 19th, & 20th from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Enjoy a leisurely drive through the scenic Peninsula towns of Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, Chimacum, and Nordland (Marrowstone Island) where NINE 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 NINE OPW Wineries & Cideries. Online tickets are $40, and remaining tickets will be sold for $45 at participating wineries, on a first come basis, during the Wine, Cider 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 $10 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.
Participants who have their ticket stamped at all 9 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.
The Olympic Peninsula Wineries encourage responsible wine touring and recommend that you have a designated driver in your group.
Wineries & Cideries participating in this Tour:
Finnriver invites you to join us at the Cider Garden this Valentine’s to delight your senses with a tantalizing taste of our sumptuous special release brandy wines, including the limited edition and vibrantly pink Huckleberry Wine. Finnriver shares our farmcrafted ciders and wines alongside samples of locally crafted truffles featuring Finnriver flavors from Elevated Candy Company and with Port Townsend Chocolate Company miniature dark chocolate cups. Enjoy a small glass of Elevated’s sipping chocolate to warm the heart. Sugar Hill Confections will also be on hand with a sampling of their lovingly-made fudges and other delectable selections. Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons we welcome La Crepe de Quimper with Brittany style crepes and Saturdays we offer our Local Bratwurst Special. Live Music Saturday evenings from 5:30-8:30 in our heated outdoor pavilion. Sharing the love at Finnriver!
Marrowstone Vineyards will be releasing three new red wines for The Wine, Cider & Chocolate Tour. A 2013 Cabernet-Franc, The Dirty Red Blend 50% Syrah 50% Tempranillo, and the much anticipated, showcase wine, our 2015 Malbec, made with grapes from Two Coyote Vineyard. These amazing new red wines along with our great, flavorful, dry white wines, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Gewurtztraminer, will be paired individually with an exquisite variety of chocolate from Lynn LeMaster of The Port Townsend Chocolate Co. We also have all new breathtaking art displayed in the tasting room, and the gallery, to go along with our views from the deck.
Help guarantee a successful 2017 harvest at Alpenfire's Organic Late Winter Wassail. Toast our tree's with cider, visit the bonfire and sip hot Lamb's wool cider. Find an apple tag on a tree and see what you win, maybe a free tasting or 50% off a case of cider! Choklatude will be here with samples of their amazing and delicious brewing cacao. Along with cider favorites old and new we will be serving chocolate covered apple caramels and molé bites. See you soon!
Eaglemount Wine & Cider is excited to partner once again with local Olympic Peninsula favorite Chocolate Serenade. They will pair their artisan wines, ciders, and fruit meads with Jim's delicious hand-dipped chocolates, truffles, and caramel sauce. Eaglemount will also feature an array of colorful ciders and wines that will bring out your Valentine's spirit, including Raspberry Hopped Cider, Cranberry Mead, Rhubarb Cider, Cab Sauv Dessert Wine, and more! They will release Petit Verdot in honor of the season as well as Honey Pear Mead, and might have another surprise or two up their sleeves. They will also be planting their new cider orchard during parts of the event and they welcome participants to jump in and help with orchard planning, soil preparation, planting bare root trees, pruning, and more!
Come visit FairWinds Winery’s Pirate’s Den during Wine, Cider & Chocolate! Arrgh—no grog here, only award-winning wines from FairWinds Winery. Taste our current releases as well as our Platinum award winning Lemberger! FairWinds will have its seven current releases available for your enjoyment along with a couple of “special” pours. Sample the chocolate fountain with a range of “dippers” from salty pretzels to sweet strawberries. Slip out of your wine tasting self and slip into a variety of pirate personae for a selfie. Participate in a simple, probably silly, but fun game to win a taste from the barrel of the next cabernet to be bottled. Just remember--whatever happens at FairWinds Winery—goes on Facebook! Wine, chocolate and pirates. Oh Yeah!
Wind Rose Cellars is proud to be hosting local Olympic Peninsula chocolatier Yvonne Yokoda from Yvonne's Chocolates. She'll be on hand both weekends to talk about her chocolates as well as offer tasty samples from the variety of chocolates she produces. We will be pouring some new wines this tour: 2015 Pinot Grigio, 2014 Hunter's Red (Grenache & Cab) 2013 Bravo Rosso (Italian blend) , 2014 Field Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon) and our 2013 Primitivo. We'll pair three of our wines and with Yvonne's chocolate hoping to delight and test your senses. We'll also have our VIP bar for an additional tasting fee where you can talk with the winemaker about his passion and winemaking process. Join us for Live Music both weekends. Friday Feb 10th "Bread and Gravy" (rock/blues), Saturday Feb 11th "Malcolm Clark Trio" (Blues), Friday Feb 17th "Me and the Boys" (Bluegrass/newgrass) and Feb 18th "Craig Buhler Trio" (Westcoast jazz). Music show are 7-9pm each night.
Olympic Cellars will feature new releases of their dessert wines. Sailing Moon Ruby is made from a blend of Portuguese/Spanish grape varietals, including Tempranillo and Souzao. It’s rich and warming and pairs beautifully with cuddling by a fire and enjoying a piece of chocolate. Sailing Moon White 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. Our brand new Sailing Moon Rose’ is made from locally-grown Regent Grapes. This wine tastes of fresh berries with a lovely acid/sweet balance. Join us in the cellar where nibbles of mild cheeses and decadent spreads will enhance your tasting. Also, ‘We Do Fudge’ of Sequim will be on-site pairing the perfect fudge flavors with our wines. Winemaker Greg will be on hand to help the adventurous among our guests bottle a 750 ml bottle of Ruby Dessert Wine for $40.00. This very special activity will be limited based on crowd size and demand. As always, Olympic Cellars will have a variety of Red and White wines open from which you may to choose to taste. Wine Discounts for Both Weekends: Mix and Match 4 Bottles 10% Discount. Mix and Match 6 Bottles 15% Discount. Mix and Match 12 Bottles 20% Discount
We are celebrating history at Camaraderie Cellars. This is our 25th year of making great wine in a beautiful spot. There will be tastes of older vintages, pulled from our cellar and the debut of our newest varietal, Dolcetto. We bring back favorite savory chocolate tastes by firing up the wood-fired oven for the Cocoa Spiced pulled pork, serving the delicious bittersweet chocolate heart cookies, and some crunchy biscotti. Cozy up to the blazing fire on the patio and share Camaraderie wine memories. Special anniversary pricing for this event: 25% off all wine purchases. Roll the dice to win a special gift!
As the rain gauge fills and the cabin fever spikes, the Wine, Cider & Chocolate Festival has the cure for the northwest winter blues. Harbinger Winery will be once again showcasing some newly released red wines paired with “off-the-radar” wine and chocolate pairings. Try the Triple-C cookie that was designed to pair with a myriad of wines as well as conquer small countries. Or our gold medal Barbera coupled with a layering of chocolate flavors that will make the most cynical heart throb…Experience what roses and Rose’ may have in common besides color and beauty. And why on earth would anyone put pop rocks into chocolate?? Find all these answers and maybe even the meaning of happiness during the Wine, Cider, and Chocolate Festival! And for the more daring souls we are again hosting the VIP reserve wine and aphrodisiac chocolate experience behind the velvet curtains in the Kitty Kat Lounge. Sample our Gold and Double-Platinum offerings while being seduced by Theo’s Chocolates and hand-made delectables. Also being sampled for the event is Port Townsend Brewing’s Chocolate Porter, a full-bodied beer offering visions of dancing cupids just after one glass! Our doors are open and we look forward to your visit.