Mosquito Fleet Winery is dedicating Feb. 9-10 for its “release party” celebration, when it will release its 2010 vintage wines.
But the weekend’s activities entail more than just opening the doors of the winery. Crew members at the winery, located at NE 21 Old Belfair Highway, also will roll out a spread of chocolates and cheeses, and they have hired chef Dustin Joseph of the Art House Café to create food pairings for each of their six wines.
“I am thrilled to be a part of this event,” Joseph said in a news release. “I’ve tasted through their lineup, and they are making some incredible wines.”
In addition, Mosquito Fleet contracted with Oh Chocolates of Mercer Island to create truffles with the winery’s port-style dessert wine.
“These Port truffles are absolutely delectable,” said Jacy Griffin, co-owner of the Belfair winery. “It’s fun to do a little something extra special to spoil our supporters.”
The winery will bring in a different band on each day. The doors will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. They will serve six wines, five still wines and a dessert wine that will be served in small Swiss chocolate cups.
The cost is $10 per person, and the winery will waive the fee if attendees purchase a bottle of wine.
Mosquito Fleet Winery has operated for four years but has only released one vintage thus far (2009).
“We are certainly wanting to remain patient and not release the wines before they are ready,” winemaker and co-owner Brian Petersen said. “We want to continue maximizing wine quality and creating a good first impression for the consumer.”
The Mosquito Fleet Winery 2009 vintage sold out in months and received many accolades. The owners are anticipating good sales this year, too.
The February release consists of 1,000 cases of wine, and some varieties are extremely limited.
“We are excited about the growing demand,” Petersen said. “We believe it’s a result of prioritizing quality over quantity ... a stronghold of the Mosquito Fleet Winery philosophy.”