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June 9, 2018

One Year Anniversary Party at the Winery

The games have been ordered, the musician booked, and the wine has been kegged! We're all excitedly preparing for our One Year Anniversary Party next Friday, June 15th from 5p-8p.
This is our opportunity to thank you and the entire Port Townsend community for welcoming us and making our first year a successful one!

Our Discovery Rosé is brand new to the public this month, and will pair perfectly with a sunny celebration. There will be plenty of reds and whites to choose from by the glass, carafe, and bottle, too! 

Enjoy the sounds of Micaela Knight from 6p-8p, and Hama Hama will have raw oysters, crab cakes, steamed clams, and grilled oysters. We'll have expanded food selections in the tasting room, too!

From the Vineyard

Earlier this week, our team put on our sun hats and headed into the vineyard for shoot-thinning and pruning. We spent the morning caring for each plant in one of our five 'blocks', making sure they were properly pruned for maximum sun exposure and grape output. And after all that hard work...it was time to feast! Good work deserves good wine, food, and conversation! Interested in joining us in the vineyard to volunteer at our next work party? Let us know at contact@porttownsendvineyards.com.


'Wine' Down Fridays 
each Friday at the Winery, 5p-8p

Check out our line up!
Friday, June 15th: Hama Hama Oysters, music with Micaela Knight
Friday, June 22nd: TBA, music with Jim Capik 
Friday, June 29th: TBA, music with Jim Capik
Friday, July 6th: Mo Chili BBQ, music with Jim Capik
Friday, July 13th: Hama Hama Oysters, music with Jim Capik
Friday, July 20th: Revolution Tacos, music with Jim Capik
July 27th: TBA, music with Jim Capik
August 3rd: Mo Chilli BBQ, music with Jim Capik
August 10th: Hama Hama Oysters, music with Forest Beutel
August 17th: TBA, music with Jim Capik
August 24th: TBA, music with Jim Capik
August 31st, TBA, music with Jim Capik

Concerts on the Lawn
Cold Comfort
Saturday, June 30th, 5p-8p at the Winery

We're kicking off our Saturday Summer Concerts with hometown boys, Cold Comfort!
Cold Comfort created their energetic, upbeat rock and roll playing together around the bonfires and beach parties of their youth. Growing up together in Port Townsend, Washington, Cold Comfort’s music evolved and matured to reflect the enduring bonds of its bandmates. Their songs crackle with life, possessing a depth of emotion uncommon to the work of songwriters so young. Ringing guitars, steely percussion, and infectious rhythms are crafted into a refined sound, yet the feeling is still raw.

2017 Pinot Gris released for Wine Club members

Grown with care at the biodynamically farmed Keeler Estate Vineyards, our 2017 Pinot Gris had three days of skin contact adding interesting aromas and a delicate copper hue. This wine was fermented cool and slow to preserve bright floral and fruit aromas and flavors. The scent of Asian Pear and meadow flowers deepens into flavors of squash blossom and peach slices drizzled with honey.  Take a bottle home to enjoy alongside Dungeness crab, scallop crudo with citrus, or Caprese salad.

Our Pinot Gris is available by the glass and bottle to all wine club members for the month of June, and will be available to the public July 1st!

Keep an eye on your inbox for more upcoming events, wine club specials, and more. Thanks for supporting us, we look forward to seeing you at the Winery or downtown Taylor St. Tasting Room.

Cheers,
KC Vessey, Events Manager


May 25, 2018

Can you believe it's almost Memorial Day weekend? We're all excited for these longer days, higher temperatures, and 3-day weekends. As we look towards June, Port Townsend Vineyards is ready to jump into summer--starting with our One Year Anniversary Party!

One Year Anniversary Party
Friday, June 15th, 5p-8p at the Winery
Join us as we celebrate a successful year and cheers to many more! We're opening our brand new lawn to you, complete with lawn games, barrel races, live music from Micaela Knight, food specials, and a raffle for all who attend and enjoy a glass of wine! The celebration is free and all-ages, and will be the kick off for our summer of "Wine Down Fridays". Each Friday from June 15th-August, we'll have live music, food specials, and plenty of wine to reward you at the end of the work week. Cheers!

More upcoming events:
This weekend is the Port Townsend Artisan Food Festival at the Uptown Farmers Market! Saturday, May 26th from 9a-3p. We're partnering with Mt Townsend Creamery and Sweet Lamb Baking Co. as we create a special wine-paired bite! Stop by to try our samples and so many others from our local food producers and artisans.

Taste of Port Townsend:
Have you bought your tickets for Taste of Port Townsend? You don't want to miss this event full of local Port Townsend food, wine, cider, and beer! We'll be pouring our wines, stop by and say hello. Tickets are on sale now at Safeway and online.

A few words from Ben Thomas, Winemaker
What's growing?

The vineyard is absolutely stunning this time of year. The vines are popping with enthusiastic shoots already climbing the trellis and the between rows are blooming with the cover crop of crimson clover and yellow mustard. It’s quite the sight, especially on a sunny day. 
The whole crew has taken a role in the vineyard this year, which has been giving the folks in the tasting room a great perspective on what lies at the soul of wine. Without the story of the vineyard – along with the magic of the yeast and oak inside the winery – wine would just be a yummy solution we consume. But it isn’t like that. We taste the journey from soil to plant to fruit to press to barrel to bottle (or keg, as it were) to glass. It’s a very special thing to be part of and I’m glad you appreciate it, too.
 


And in the tank hall...
I’ve been training cellar hands Dustin and Cassidy to mind the shop while I’m away on my honeymoon in Europe for the next month. They’ve been learning so much and can ably hold it together in my absence while I traipse through the vineyards of France and Italy. I promise to update you all on my travels as I plan to visit some producers that will have some insight into our growing region and winemaking style here on the edge of a whole other continent. In my experience, wine growers and makers of the old world are fascinated to hear of our work out here beyond where they imagined it possible. 
We have blended and bottled some fun new wines that I can’t wait to share:
Our 2017 Pinot Gris is a slightly copper-colored wine with all sorts of secondary and tertiary flavors: hazelnut and amaretto to pear and spiced apple. It’s a style of wine that many have not tried. Three days on soak on the grape skins gave it the copper tint and nutty aroma. We’re releasing this wine to the wine club in June and to the public in July. Keep an eye out for it. You can’t miss its tanned hue.
We’re excited about our new Cabernet Sauvignon, as well. It’s a blend of grapes from Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley and Walla Walla. It has some tannins and strong fruit. We used all French oak on this wine to enhance its food pairing powers. There’s something about the French oak barrels that brings out the layers and nuance in a wine. We’ll be releasing this wine when we feel it’s tasting well. We don’t want to rush it, and yet we also want to bring it out in the open to share. Don’t expect to see it before December, but don’t be afraid to prod us to test to see how it’s doing.

 

From the Tasting Room
Our tasting room staff has been raving about the release of our rosé! If you haven't had a chance to taste, it will be available to the public June 1st, and has been a hit with the wine club this month on pre-release. Stop by and have a taste, grab a growler, have a picnic... just be sure you get some before it runs out this season. 

Winery Tasting Room:                                                          
Sunday-Thursday 12p-7p
Friday-Saturday 12p-8p

Taylor St. Tasting Room:
7 days a week, 3p-9p

Thanks for reading, and enjoy all this sunshine!

Best,
KC Vessey, Events Manager


November 2017
 

A New Downtown Tasting Room

215 Taylor St

Our downtown tasting room on 215 Taylor is now open!  Pictured here is our crew celebrating with a glass of wine and a toast.


October 2017

A Work in Progress 

 

Water Street Wine Bar

Casual and connected, this completely restored 1885 building will be a wine immersion experience for locals and visitors. Likely the most widely anticipated opening in the Port Townsend Vineyards collection, Water Street Wine Bar will delight guests with on-the-water views and a commercial kitchen for guest chef events. The two-story brick building will bring with it a regional food pairing experience, tasting counter, and a variety of seating configurations to support large and small group activities and events. The wine bar will be the primary retailer of Port Townsend Vineyards products.

Did You Know

For a time, the C.F. Clapp Building was a pre-Prohibition saloon in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It then transformed into an athletic club in the 1930s and hosted many wrestling and boxing matches.