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October Newsletter

What an exciting time at Port Townsend Vineyards! Fruit is coming into the winery and our winemaking team is busy creating the wines we will all enjoy months and years from now. This is also a time of transition, as the leaves change color and the weather cools, so change comes to our tasting rooms. Look forward to festive autumnal events at the winery and at Vintage, too.


Pumpkin Carving at the winery
Saturday, October 19th, 1pm-3pm

We'll lay down the parchment and provide carving utensils, bring your own if you have them. Celebrate the season with us, and show off your creations! Ticket includes one pumpkin from Wilderbee Farm and a glass of Discovery wine. Kids 'pumpkin-only' tickets available, too. Buy your tickets early before they sell out!

Pinot Noir Wine Dinner
Friday, October 11th (sold out!)
Friday, October 18th at 6pm
Vintage Wine Bar & Plaza
725 Water St.
$70 per person, $60 per person for wine club members

Join us for an intimate wine dinner at Vintage Wine Bar & Plaza. Enjoy a three-course seasonal fall meal prepared by chef Bo Winterburn, paired with our full collection of Pinot Noirs. You won't want to miss these warm, hearty dishes paired with some of our favorite PTV wines. Tickets available online, tickets required.

Open Cellar Wednesdays
Every Wednesday in October
4p-6p at the winery, drop-in

We'll be rolling up our winery garage doors to give you a chance to come into see and taste what we're working on! Our winemaking team will be there to answer your fermenting questions and demonstrate some techniques of the trade. Stop by anytime on Wednesdays between 4p and 6p. Plus, the Winery Tasting Room is open until 6p, so it's the perfect place to stop in for a glass, too. 

Vintage Wine Bar & Plaza
New Fall Hours and Menu!
1pm-7pm Sunday-Thursday, 1pm-8pm Friday and Saturday

Cooler evenings give us a reason to cozy up with hearty fine wines and fall dishes, with full lunch and dinner service at Vintage! We've got indoor seating and warm fireside seating, too. On Friday, October 4th we will be debuting a new menu for October featuring some exciting dishes--menu highlights include our brand new Pinot Noir Braised Short Ribs, Harissa Rubbed Slow Roasted Chicken, and Grape Leaf Wrapped Black Cod. Are you hungry yet??

Winery Tasting Room
Fall Hours
12pm-6pm Sunday-Thursday; 12pm-7pm Friday and Saturday

Starting October 1st our hours of operation at the Winery Tasting Room will now be from 12pm-6pm Sunday through Thursday and from 12pm-7pm on Friday and Saturday. We’ve got the Edison lights on and the fire pit is ready to light, bring a blanket and curl up with a glass of our new Port Townsend Vineyards Wine Club exclusive wine, 2017 Cabernet Franc. 

Award Winning Wines

We're honored to announce that Savor NW Wine Awards recently awarded our 2017 Reserve Pinot Gris a Gold Medal and 90 points! This wine was a staff favorite last year, and though no longer available to the public, we released the new vintage, the 2018 Reserve Pinot Gris, just last month to our wine club members. We hope you're enjoying this vintage as much as the 2017. Both vintages were crafted from Keeler Estate's biodynamically grown Pinot Gris grapes and fermented on the skins, giving them a lovely coppery hue with aromas and flavors that lend themselves beautifully to the foods we find ourselves craving in the fall.

Wine Club News

What a lovely release weekend we had last weekend! Thank you to all of the members and their guests who made our days delightful as they came to pick up their 2019 Fall Allocations. Your warm compliments about the music, tours, food, and staff, are much appreciated and we look forward to hearing more about how you are enjoying your wines in the coming months. If you were not able to make it, not to worry! Your wines will be held for up to 60 days at the winery location so you will have plenty of time to stop in, grab your wines, and catch up with us!  

Members can also join us on Saturday, October 12th from 12p-4p at Footprint Wine Tap in Seattle. Located on Capitol Hill, Footprint Wine Tap is Seattle's first sustainable, wine-on-tap bar. This event is open to all of our community and those members who wish to pick up their wines at this location can still email  wineclub@porttownsendvineyards.com to make arrangements. We hope to see you there! Again, we appreciate your support and can't wait until Spring when we can do it again. 

From the Winemaker...

October Wine Club Release: 2017 Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc will always be considered in comparison with Cabernet Sauvignon, and that makes sense. After all, Cabernet Sauvignon is merely a recent crossing of the more ancient Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. Cabernet Francs are typically more elegant and perfumed than their more structured and grounded progeny. As a result, the wines can be a treat for the nose at least as much as for the palate. 

Our 2017 Cabernet Franc from Firethorn Vineyard may be young – and even a bit cheerful – but it’s also showing a lot of layers. This wine will be a choice pairing with the foods that are most appealing this time of year: rich stews, roasted beef and pork, and braised root vegetables. I recommend decanting in the first couple months of the release, or holding until next year until it really opens up to its full and vibrant expression. Unfortunately, we only made 77 case of it, so this wine will not last very long in our own stock.

In the Vineyard
It’s been quite the year in the vineyard. We’ve seen many more vines reach maturity and our viticulturist, Alex Moro, has done a great job keeping powdery mildew at bay even though this vintage has seen many vineyards in the area being forced to pick early due to damage and disease in the vineyards. Portuguese Hill has held up well through it all--we’re really excited by what we have in our fermenters sourced from our estate vineyard.

In the Winery
The winery is abuzz in activity! On Wednesdays during harvest we’ll be opening our doors to you, our most curious of customers (seeing as how you’ve read this far), between 4pm and 6 pm. Fruit is coming in on a daily basis from eastern Washington, the Willamette Valley in Oregon and our own Portuguese Hill vineyard. It’s a great chance to taste grapes, juice, fermenting must and perhaps a taste of finished wine.