What’s Your Chocolate Personality?

What’s Your Chocolate Personality?

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, as well as a delicious three-day Red Wine & Chocolate weekend on the North Olympic Peninsula, here’s a quick, fun quiz you can take to discover your chocolate personality! http://www.savorchocolate.com/chocolate_personality_quiz.aspx  

Cedar Creek Winemaker Dinner To Showcase Peninsula’s Best

Cedar Creek Winemaker Dinner To Showcase Peninsula’s Best

On Saturday, February 7, Cedar Creek Restaurant in Sequim will host a Winemaker Dinner showcasing the “Best of the Olympic Peninsula.” The French inspired menu will feature nine wines, each crafted by one of our seven award-winning wineries. Timed to coincide with the annual Red Wine & Chocolate Tour, it’s the perfect way to wrap-up a … Read More

Research Shows Wine, Chocolate & Tea Improve Brain Performance

Research Shows Wine, Chocolate & Tea Improve Brain Performance

Good news just in time for the Olympic Peninsula Red Wine & Chocolate Tour! According to an article in the International Business Times, new research shows that consumers of wine, chocolate and tea performed significantly higher on tests and had lower prevalence of poor cognitive performance than those who do not indulge. The study was … Read More

Washington Vineyards

Washington Vineyards

In recent years, Washington’s wine industry has become the fastest growing agricultural sector in the state. The number of Washington wineries has increased 400% in the last decade. But where are all these wine grapes coming from? Located at approximately the same latitude as some of the historically great wine regions of France, including Bordeaux … Read More

Red Wine & Chocolate 2009 – Save the Date!

Red Wine & Chocolate 2009 – Save the Date!

Mark your calendars! The Olympic Peninsula Wineries will once again host the popular Red Wine & Chocolate Tour over two delicious weekends, February 7-8 and February 14,15,16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy award-winning red wines and new wine releases paired with a variety of chocolate delights ranging from sweet to savory. Wine specials … Read More

New Year’s Eve Hors d’oeuvres and Morning-After Brunch

New Year’s Eve Hors d’oeuvres and Morning-After Brunch

This final post in our holiday recipe series features two delicious hors d’oeuvres and wine pairings perfect for New Years Eve entertaining, and a Monte Cristo Sandwich that’s sure to be a hit on your New Year’s Day brunch menu. The first recipe was provided by Winemaker Richard Sorensen of Sorensen Cellars. Apricot-Almond Chevre Spread … Read More

A Generations-Old Italian Family Recipe

A Generations-Old Italian Family Recipe

The Conca Family of Lost Mountain Winery has been making wine — and great Italian food — for generations. Following is a classic dish that Winemaker Steve Conca’s Italian grandmother handed down to Steve’s father, Romeo Conca, and Romeo then handed down to Steve and his wife, Sue. The Conca family had a small restaurant in Bellano … Read More

Hearty Winter Dishes to Nourish the Body and Warm the Soul

Hearty Winter Dishes to Nourish the Body and Warm the Soul

Our second post in the winter food and wine pairing series features two recipes from Olympic Cellars. The first is a favorite of Winery Owner Kathy Charlton. The second was provided by Winemaker Benoit Murat, Olympic Cellars’ “resident foodie.” We hope you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy these tried and true recipes and suggested wine pairings … Read More

Wineries Share Favorite Seasonal Recipes

Wineries Share Favorite Seasonal Recipes

The cold days of winter present the perfect opportunity to gather with family and friends over a hearty meal. In the next series of posts, the Olympic Peninsula Wineries will share with you some favorite recipes and wine pairings that are sure to delight all those who grace your table. Our debut recipes come from Don and Vicki … Read More

This year, consider a holiday gift that helps boost the state economy

This year, consider a holiday gift that helps boost the state economy

Wine pairs perfectly with the holidays. Think of a luscious full-bodied Cabernet alongside a Christmas standing rib roast; turkey with all the trimmings and a glass of crisp Viognier or a flavorful semi-dry rosé. Festive cranberry wines are perfect for sipping with a mix of hors d’oeuvres and ports can be savored at the end … Read More

Which Wines to Serve for Thanksgiving?

Which Wines to Serve for Thanksgiving?

November – that time of year characterized by beautiful fall color, friends, family and traditional Thanksgiving feasts. It’s also the time that many of us are wrestling to decide which wines best complement the array of tastes, textures, aromas associated with our American holiday, as well as our guests’ varying palates. While there are no … Read More

Online “Passport” Sales Rise in 2008

Online “Passport” Sales Rise in 2008

Many travelers took advantage of the opportunity to purchase their “Passports” on line before departing on the Olympic Peninsula Wineries’ first International Passport Wine Tour this past weekend.  A quick click via the winery association’s website enables an easy, secure Pay Pal transaction in advance of all wine tours. Visitors paired wines crafted locally from … Read More