Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Passport Wine Tour, Oysters, Clams and much more

Wines, Oysters, Clams and much more…

Harvest is complete and bottling is next Tuesday. Then we’re ready to celebrate and share the bounty during our annual Passport Wine Tour event on Saturday and Sunday, November 14-15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year’s event will not only focus on our wine and new releases but also our local Olympic Coast Cuisine. We are partnering with Peter Becker, CEO of Little Skookum Shellfish Growers, a sustainable oyster and clam aquaculture since 1883, Bell Street Bakery and Nash’s Organic Farm.

Just as some background, for the last year I’ve been working with representatives of the four counties on the Olympic Peninsula in the formation of an Olympic Culinary Loop Tourism Organization which will serve as a catalyst in shaping the region’s culinary signature “Olympic Coast Cuisine”. This organization will focus on attracting new tourists to the area, increase visitor length of stay, inspire investment in farms and land, and preserve the region’s agricultural heritage. (More about this organization and its mission is at the end of this email.)

The Olympic Peninsula Wineries is your host for Passport Wine Tour. This year it is B.Y.O.G. (Bring your own glass which will be fun to see your favorite glass and hear the story behind the glass). Tickets are $25 which will waive the tasting fees at all 6 wineries or you can opt to just pay the $5 tasting fees at the wineries you visit. Your choice!

At Olympic Cellars on Saturday and Sunday: Tasting room is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for event and tasting of a full selection of our award winning wines.

· Oysters on Saturday and Clam Chowder on Sunday

· Bell Street Bakery breads made with local, organic grain will be served with spreads made from hummus and local organic root vegetables all weekend

· Holiday Wine Release: Cranberry Jubilee

· Wine specials and gifts showcased to help you “check off” your holiday shopping list

Saturday, Nov. 14, from 12-4 p.m. Outside on the Patio in our “heated venue”….

· Enjoy pairing of our white wines with oysters grilled and on the half-shell

· Taste our new wine release under Benoit’s winemaker label: La Galopine, 2008 Roussanne and Viognier blend from famed Red Mountain’s Ciel du Cheval vineyard

· Savor 4 different oysters from three local regions (South Puget Sound, Hood Canal and Discovery Bay) and four featured shellfish farms:: Little Skookum Shellfish Growers (Little Skookum small Pacific oysters); Hama Hama Oyster Company (Hood Canal small Hama Hama Pacific oysters); Taylor Shellfish Company (Totten Inlet Kumamoto oysters); and Port Discovery Sea Farms (Snow Creek small oysters)

Sunday, November 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the tasting room

· Clam Chowder (Peter Becker’s Grandfather Bishop's family clam chowder recipe made with Little Skookum Shellfish Growers’ sustainably farmed Manila clams www.skookumshellfish.com/recipes)

We look forward to pouring our wines for you and yours and hosting this culinary focused event,
Cheers, Kathy, Molly, Lisa and Benoit

Olympic Peninsula Loop Culinary Tourism Association

The Olympic Peninsula Loop Culinary Tourism Association (Olympic Culinary Loop) exists to define, promote and celebrate the Olympic Peninsula’s unique culinary experience, educate consumers, and ultimately establish the region as a niche destination to enhance economic development and the region’s tourism product.

Olympic Coast Cuisine reflects the diverse microclimates, coastal proximity and Native American heritage that characterize the Olympic Peninsula. The combination of sustainable locally-grown and foraged fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries, locally hunted game, bountiful local sea fare, and handcrafted local wines offers farm to table experiences that instill a unique sense of place. Prepared with reverence to the local history and culture, fresh Olympic Coast Cuisine is best enjoyed amid the beautiful scenery that surrounds the Olympic Peninsula loop.

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