Thursday, September 30, 2010

Original Handyman at Oysterfest

The first festival I poured my wine at after purchasing Olympic Cellars Winery in 1999 and moving to Washington was Oysterfest in Shelton. So it is near and dear to my heart.

This is a festival like no other... rain or shine the fairgrounds at Shelton are full. A lot of folks seem to make it their annual gathering, RV spaces full with laughter and the smell of good food whiffing into the air.

When I saw my first Oyster Shucking contest it took my breath away. Hand-eye coordination, a very sharp knife and then you add "whose the fastest", holly Toledo. I found a video on YouTube below.

The wine garden is a popular building with lots of local wineries... plan you sipping time because you can't take the wine outside. But on a rainy day... there's no better place to be. We will have all the favorite wines of our Oysterfest friends. Stop by our table.

This year, our original Handyman, Michael Smith, will be pouring our wines. We dedicated Handyman Red, our Cabernet blend and one of the Working Girl Brand wines, to Michael. He is our "go to guy" from helping move barrels to shoveling grapes. He has been with the winery longer then I have owned it.

I will miss Oysterfest. Darn! Enjoy for me and also enjoy our wines.

Best, Kathy

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Join Us At The Dungeness Crab Festival

Olympic Cellars will be hosting a wine garden in the Gateway Pavilion adjacent to the Food Demonstration Stage on October 9 & 10 during the 9th annual Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival .

Featured wines include the original, awarding winning Dungeness Series. Washington State is well-known for their Riesling and its heritage Lemberger wines found on harvest tables right next to the fresh local seafood, crab and the farms’ bounty. A variety of other Olympic Cellars favorites will also be served.

In addition to the crab feed and wine there will be live music, 15 local restaurants, 60 craft and merchant booths, cooking demonstrations and much more.

Below are some helpful links with more information.

We have received even more national publicity this year being included in the Coastal Living Magazine, Top Ten Fall Festivals on the Coast" and even more amazing American Bus Associations, Top 100 Events in North America.

A full selection of Olympic Cellars wines are available at the winery. Tasting Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

The 3rd Annual Crab Festival Tour of Wineries is also happening all weekend. This self guided tour includes 7 world class wineries each with thier own festival specials. Click Here for More Info

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Do you Want to Celebrate in September?

This year we did not plan a Harvest Grape Stomp or celebrate our own self-designated “Working Girl NO LABOR Day” Holiday. Not sure exactly why… maybe we felt these events had run their course. Or, with Benoit leaving and Harvest upon us I was in overwhelm mode.

But this is totally not like me. So I Googled September Holidays to see if there was something special to celebrate that had a link to the winery.

Well you can imagine my surprise at the following list… 16 month-long and 8 week-long observances with 44 holidays! AND, I deleted famous birthdays including Sesame Street characters and inventions… all except one; on September 22 the Ice Cream Cone was invented.

There were a few holidays that got me thinking about different winery celebrations but as hard as I tried I couldn’t find a link to “Elephant Appreciation Day”!
So why am I trying to make this so difficult. We’ve already declared our own self-designated observance, the “Working Girl NO LABOR Day” Holiday, the only day dedicated to doing whatever you want. We just didn’t have a winery event commemorating it.

So you pick a day! Enjoy it the way you want… No feeling guilty because the house isn’t clean or the lawn isn’t mowed (remember the Working Girl Wine Brand includes Handyman Red… this isn’t just for women).

And, if you want to sip on some of our wines on your special day I think you deserve a bottle. So here’s what I’m doing. While I can’t just give it away (and stay in business) with an order of 4 bottles, we’ll only charge you for 3. The 4th bottle, being of equal or lesser value, is free. This “Working Girl NO LABOR Day” offer is good through September 30.

Don’t delay, enjoy Your day, Kathy

Ps. Club members receive the better of 4 bottles at club discount or the above offer

Month Long Observances (16)
• Baby Safety Month
• Better Breakfast Month
• Cable TV Month
• Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
• Classical Music Month
• Library Card Sign-Up Month
• National Chicken Month
• National Courtesy Month
• National Honey Month
• National Pediculosis “Head Lice” Prevention Month
• National Piano Month
• National Rice Month
• National School Success Month
• National Sewing Month
• Read-A-New-Book Month
• Women of Achievement Month

Week Long Observances (8)

• 1st Week - Child Injury Prevention Week
• 2nd Week - International Housekeepers Week
• 3rd Week - National Child Care Week
• 3rd Week - National Farm Animals Awareness Week
• 3rd Week - National Flower Week
• 4th Week - Equal Parents' Week
• 4th Week - National Dog Week
• 4th Week - National Roller Skating Week

Holidays or Special One Day Observances (44)
September 2: National Blueberry Popsicle Day
September 3: Skyscraper Day and Uncle Sam's Birthday
September 4: Newspaper Carrier Day
September 5: National Cheese Pizza Day
September 6: Labor Day and Read a Book Day
September 7: Neither Rain Nor Snow Day
September 8: International Literacy Day and Rosh Hashanah
September 9: Teddy Bear Day
September 10: Swap Ideas Day and T.V. Dinner Day
September 11: Make Your Bed Day and Patriot Day
September 12: National Chocolate Milk Shake Day and National Grandparents Day
September 13: National Peanut Day and Positive Thinking Day
September 15: Make A Hat Day and National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 16: Collect Rocks Day, National Working Parents Day and Stepfamily Day
September 17: Citizenship Day, National Apple Dumpling Day, POW/MIA Recognition Day and Yom Kippur
September 18: Mushroom Picking Day and National Play-Doh Day
September 19: Talk Like a Pirate Day
September 21: International Day of Peace, Miniature Golf Day and World Gratitude Day
September 22: Dear Diary Day, Elephant Appreciation Day and the Ice Cream Cone was Invented
September 23: Great American Pot Pie Day
September 24: National Bluebird of Happiness Day, National Punctuation Day and Native American Day
September 26: Good Neighbor Day, Johnnie Appleseed Day
September 27: Crush A Can Day

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Wine for Cows... Is It Cabernet Sauvignon?

I've heard of feeding beer to pigs... and now the Western Canadian beef producers have found a novel way of putting the "bar" in barbecue.

Angus cattle in British Columbia's Okanagan wine and cattle region are being fed red wine with their grain. Chefs in this Canadian Pacific Coast province said it makes for a unique beef taste.

The idea is the brainchild of Janice Ravndahl of Kelowna, British Columbia's Sezmu Meats. Ravndahl said the beef produced has an enhanced flavor, the marbling is finer and the fat tastes like candy.

"You don't get any better than steak and a wine," she said. "We just start a bit earlier."

Ravndahl said she started with one young cow who took to the bottle immediately, quickly earning the epithet "Wino."

It definitely changes their personalities. They moo a lot more with each other. They get really chatty," she said.

.... No mention of the varietal of red wine served or the quality... do you think the cows know the difference between jug wine and a hearty, full bodied Cabernet from Washington State?

Here is the rest of the story... The Seattle Times

Cheers, Kathy

Working Girl Rowing Team on King 5 - New Day Program

High 5 to the Working Girl rowing crew. They received a Blue Ribbon at the Victoria Classic Wooden Boat Regatta. Team members appeared on King 5 New Day Show in Seattle today.

Next race is at the Port Townsend Wood Boat Festival, September 10-12.
Congratulations to the entire team!!!

I'm editing my own videos taken in Victoria... will post soon. Kathy

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Christening of the "Working Girl" Wooden Rowing Boat

I was very proud and honored to be asked by the Olympic Peninsula Rowing Association if they could name one of their rowing boats "Working Girl".

This was not a hard decision to make! "Of course", I said, and tell me more...
  • 70% of the rowers are women
  • Rowing is a lifelong, low impact form of exercise
  • Rowing can be year round, on the water or off using an ergometer (rowing machine)
  • More scholarships are available each year to women rowers
  • Rowing machines are in schools (elementary to high school). Electronics on the machines allow kids to race and connect with other kids around the world.

This is just what Olympic Cellars and the Working Girls support. So, tell me about the boat (I was really hooked after hearing this story.)

  • The wooden rowing shell was built for Washington State University (my husband's alma mater)
  • Named the "City of Naches"
  • Built in 1947 by George Pocock (In 1936 , the UW-eight won Olympic gold in Berlin in a Pocock shell). He also supported and was very active in high school rowing programs.
  • By 1999 'she' belonged to the Everett Rowing Association and was surplus to their needs
  • We refer to the Working Girls (wines that is) just like a boat is referred to as "she or her"
  • The Everett Association was about to sell her to a NW restaurant chain to be converted to a SALAD BAR (no way)
  • The Orcas Island Rowing Association saved and refurbished her
  • Olympic Peninsula "Y" Rowing Association purchased her in 2009 when the rowing program began
  • The crew of the Working Girl in an intergenerational team of 8 women and 2 men

Would you be interested in Sponsoring the crew of the 'Working Girl' in their first race... 2010 Victoria Classic Rowing Regatta?

Yes and Can I Do T-Shirts!!!

Ralph and I will be cheering the crew this Saturday, September 4 in Victoria!

The video was taken on August 27 when we Christened the "Working Girl".

Cheers, Kathy