Two Delicious Weekends
Eight award-winning artisan wineries will present the 2020 event of the season: The Olympic Peninsula Red Wine, Cider & Chocolate Tour. Take a mid-winter road trip to this scenic region of Washington and shake off the winter chill tasting new wine and cider releases expertly paired with sweet and savory chocolate delights. The tour will take place over two delicious weekends, February 8-9 and 15-17 (President’s Day holiday) from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tickets for the self-guided tour are available for $40 online or $45 at the door of each participating winery. A commemorative wine glass, wine tasting and food pairings are included in the ticket price. Visitors without tour tickets will be charged a $10 tasting fee at each venue.
Consider starting your tour on Marrowstone Island, a hidden gem connected to the mainland via a bridge near Port Hadlock (Hwy. 116), 15 miles outside of Port Townsend. There you will find Marrowstone Vineyards in a spectacular setting atop a hill overlooking the Puget Sound and Whidbey Island. Sample handmade chocolates by local chocolatier Amy’s Decadent Chocolates paired with a variety of red wines or the winery’s first-ever port. Sip and stay warm at the winery’s outdoor bonfire.
In Port Townsend, Eaglemount Winery & Cidery will host Chocolate Serenade and feature new release ciders and wines for pairing with chocolates and caramels. Next stop en route, Port Townsend Vineyards, where you will sample a brand new 2018 Merlot. Then it’s on to FairWinds Winery to indulge in the chocolate fountain and pair dipped treats with award-winning wines. You can also play games to win discounts and take a photo in FairWinds‘s pirate boat.
Continuing north on Hwy. 101, be sure to visit WindRose Cellars in Sequim. Local chocolatier Yvonne Yakota of Yvonne’s Chocolates will be on hand both tour weekends to offer a variety of chocolate samples that pair deliciously with WindRose’s Italian-style wines, including the 2015 Dolcetto, the 2014 Bravo Rosso and other reds, as well as some white wines. There will be live music at WindRose from 7-9 pm on Friday and Saturday night both tour weekends. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 360-681-0690.
Port Angeles is home to three wineries on tour. Olympic Cellars, housed in a historic dairy barn just off Hwy. 101, will host We Do Fudge of Sequim to pair the perfect fudge with a selection of wines including the 2018 Dungeness Rosé, the 2016 Petite Syrah and other varietals and blends. Red wine is Camaraderie Cellars‘s forte. There you will encounter something for every red wine lover paired with healthy chocolate bites. Experience the 2014 Sangiovese with a heart-healthy trail mix of nuts, dried berries and dark chocolate. The 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon will enhance Rocky Road brownie bites. And, because chocolate is also a savory ingredient, cocoa-spiced pulled pork will be back by popular demand, paired with a newly released 2016 Cabernet Franc.
The last stop on tour (or first stop, depending on which direction you go), is Port Angeles’ Harbinger Winery. Start your visit in this sheet-metal-chic venue with white chocolate and apple bread pudding paired with the refreshingly crisp La Petite Fleur. Then try the bite-sized “pan au chocolates” (think buttery croissants filled with a tube of dark chocolate) with the award-winning Dynamo Red. And there will be Devil’s food dark chocolate mini cupcakes paired with the newly released 2014 Bolero. If that’s not enough to satiate your chocolate craving, Harbinger will again be featuring the reserve wine and Theo Chocolate’s aphrodisiac pairing behind the velvet curtain of the VIP room.
Need Some Ideas for an Extended Olympic Peninsula Road Trip?
Check out olympicpeninsula.org/road-trips for two, three and five-day suggested itineraries, and wrap the wineries in. There’s even a suggested playlist to put you in the mood for winter on the Olympic Peninsula.
For more information, visit olympicpeninsulawineries.org.