Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Cashmere, Cabernet & Chocolate

Two Decadent Weekends
February 9 -10 and February 16-18
11:00 - 5:00 p.m. each day.

This is one of our favorite winery events. We’re tired of the cold and rain and just want to throw open the doors of the winery and invite all to join us for what we feel is our best event ever.

You can hear the sultry jazz drifting from our Gathering Room. The Tasting Room is enveloped in a delightful ambiance of people coming together to enjoy the "Magic of the Grape". You’ve wrapped a red cashmere scarf around your neck, while sipping an elegant cabernet with the taste of rich dark chocolate on your lips.

Does it really get any better than this?

New Wine Release!
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

Be the first to sample this big, bold and bodacious cabernet. Starts with an intense rich color, coupled with aromas of oak, vanilla and dark fruit. A wine for Cab Addicts!

Yvonne's Artisan Chocolates
Guest will receive a decadent, dark, chocolate truffle made by master Chocolatier, Yvonne Yakota.

The Working Girls are also making Molly’s special secret chocolate biscotti for noshing.

Cashmere, Wine & Chocolate
We’re putting together a specially priced selection of wine that includes a gift from us -- your choice of a red cashmere scarf or specially prepared package of wine pairing chocolates made just for Olympic Cellars by

Live Music in the Gathering Room 1-3 p.m.

Saturday, February 9
Carlos Xavier
local flutist/keyboardist/storyteller

Sunday, February 10
Mark Nielson
Acoustic Guitar

Saturday, February 16
The Jazz in Blume Duo
Tracy Blume and Ted Enderle (bass)

Sunday, February 17
The Jazz in Blume Duo
Tracy Blume and George Radebaugh (piano)

Winemaker Dinner
Joy’s Wine Bistro
February 9, 6:00pm

Five Sumptuous courses paired with
Olympic Cellars Wine.
Reservations & Menu

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Olympic Cellars vs U.S. Olympic Committee

"A Message in a Bottle"

Your emails of support have been overwhelming! Thank You... Kathy, Molly, Libby and Benoit

Many people have asked about writing our Congressional representatives or signing a petition. Your help and voice is very much appreciated. Contact information is at the bottom of this page.

You can read the Peninsula Daily News & Seattle Times articles here and my email to winery customers below. The winery is still in negotiation with the USOC. More information will be posted as appropriate.

Sign up for our Winery Newsletter to keep informed.

We’re all trying to find some humor in this challenge. And the title of the PDN article (U.S. Olympic Committee pops its cork over a certain peninsula's vintner and the 'O' word) gave me a thought...

...I guess you could send "a message in a bottle"

Olympic Cellars vs U.S. Olympic Committee

Dear Olympic Cellars Winery Supporters,

I got a surprise letter in September from the U.S. Olympic Committee stating I was in violation of the 1998 Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act. The Act authorizes the USOC to file a civil action against the unauthorized commercial use of the word OLYMPIC.

There is a specific geographic exception in the Act that allows companies to use OLYMPIC so long as their business is local in nature and limited to the Olympic Peninsula area of Washington State. The geographic limitation was added in 1998 and obviously impacts the growth of small businesses.

The winery name was changed to Olympic Cellars in 1992. There are many businesses with Olympic in their name including our hospital. I purchased the winery in 1999.

The main issue is the use of our website to sell wine to customers that find us on the Internet. An interesting fact is that the trademark attorney for the USOC granted Olympic Cellars the use of our URL in 1999… because he stated no one would be mislead or be confused, i.e. no rational person would connect Olympic Cellars Winery and the Olympic Games.

It is also worth noting that the reach and impact of the Internet was well known in 1999.

For those of you that visit our site, we have gone ahead and added disclaimers to all of our website pages stating that we have no connection or affiliation to the U.S. Olympic Committee, the U.S. Olympic Team or Olympic Movement.

I hope that this litigation can be brought to a resolution without changing our name and losing our business identity and heritage.

Thank you for your support. Please email me if you have any contacts that might help our case.
Kathy (and dang proud of it!)