Port Angeles, WA – Nine wineries located between Chimacum and Port Angeles will partner with local cheese-makers to create unique pairings that exemplify the flavors of the region Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wine specials will be available throughout the weekend.
“Our regional cheese-makers are producing some fantastic goat, sheep and cow milk cheeses that pair exceptionally well with our new wine releases,” says Vicki Corson, president of the Olympic Peninsula Wineries Association. “We invite wine lovers from around the Sound to come and discover some new favorites.”
Advance tickets for the self-guided tour are available online for $30.00, and include wine and cheese tasting at all nine wineries plus a commemorative wine glass. Independently, each winery charges a $5.00 tasting fee. For more information and to purchase tickets go to Olympic Peninsula Wineries’Northwest Wine & Cheese Tour
Highlights from this year’s tour include:
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Seasonal Honey Meadow Cider and new release 2014 Finnriver Fire Barrel Cider will be paired with sheep’s milk cheeses from Glendale Shepherd Dairy of Whidbey Island and shortbread by Anca’s Pastries. Sunday kicks-off the Woodfire Pizza series, “posse of piglets” at Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Chimacum.
New release Gray Cat Oregon Pinot Gris, Come Home Riesling and Yellow Truck Apple Wine, made with apples grown on Marrowstone Island, will be paired with a variety of goat cheeses by Mystery Bay Farm at Marrowstone Vineyards on Marrowstone Island.
At FairWinds Winery in Port Townsend, sample current wine releases paired with a selection of cheeses by award-winning Mt. Townsend Creamery. Enjoy a winery tour plus an exclusive barrel tasting.
Saturday, Port Townsend’s Eaglemount Wine & Cider will feature cheeses from Whiskey Hill Goat Dairy, a small local producer of several varieties of aged goat milk cheese. Crimson Cove Smoked Specialties, a smoke house located in Poulsbo, will showcase their smoked cheeses, smoked olive oils, and other smoked products on Sunday. New releases including Rhubarb Cider and Quince Cider, as well as current release red wines, will be paired with featured cheeses.
Wind Rose Cellars of Sequim will pair its new release 2013 Rosato, a dry rosé, and Bell Bottom White, a funky blend of Muscat and Pinot Grigio, plus its series of award-winning Italian-style wines with a selection of sheep cheeses from Black Sheep Creamery of Chehalis. Additional wines will be available for tasting at the VIP bar. Live music starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday featuring Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz.
In Port Angeles, Olympic Cellars will partner with Golden Glen Creamery of Bow to feature some unique twists on the hottest trend in the artisan cheese industry – curds. Jalapeno, sund dried tomato & basil, and garlic and cheese curds will be paired with new release 2012 Dungeness Red Lembergerand and 2013 Dungeness White Riesling wines. Fresh Garden Minestrone Soup will also be available for sampling. There will be live music in the cellar on Saturday afternoon with Stringology, featuring Gypsy Jazz performers Terrianne Stratton and Eric Bogart.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Black Diamond Winery of Port Angeles will pair Queso con Salsa, chives and onion, and Medium Cheddar cheeses from Golden Glen Creamery with its Shiro plum, boysenberry, strawberry and raspberry wines.
Assorted cheeses from Willapa Hills Farmstead of Doty, home of Big Boy Blue, Pluvius, and Ewe Old Cow cheeses made from both sheep and cow’s milk, will be paired with the newly released 2011 Cabernet Franc and 2011 Madrona, a red wine blend, at Camaraderie Cellars in Port Angeles. Saturday, Olympic Onion Farm will offer samples of their dried onion powder, a complement to a variety of dishes. Cheesy bites prepared by Oven Spoonful will also be available for sampling.
Harbinger Winery of Port Angeles will host a Whirled Cheese Tour, featuring an array of locally-made cheeses from Samish River Creamery in Bow. Taste the highly versatile and cheese-friendly Petite Fleur wine; pair the vibrant Viognier with a soft-ripened cheese that was aged to perfection near the banks of the Samish River; and savor the in-house favorite El Jefe’ with a beautiful organic cheese that was aged for up to nine years. Also featured will be Toga’s Northwest Focaccia, and the winery’s signature Smokey Blue Cheese & Bacon Mac & Cheese.