Bainbridge wine will flow on April 24

The growing number of Bainbridge winemakers will showcase the fruits of their labor during a tasting event on Saturday, April 24.

Bainbridge Uncorked! will feature seven Bainbridge wineries, including two that use island-grown grapes and berries.

“This is a great opportunity to meet the winemakers and try some of their new releases,” said the event’s organizer, Kim Hendrickson. “There are some wonderful new wines being made on this island that show how far we’ve come as a wine-making area.”

In recent years, the island has seen the rise of three tasting rooms within a short walk of the Winslow ferry terminal.

Bainbridge Uncorked! will be held at the plaza on the south end of Madison Avenue, next to Doc’s Marina Grill. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

The $30 advance tickets are available at Doc’s and through islandwineweekend.com. Tickets are $35 at the gate. Admission includes food and wine samples. Proceeds will benefit the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association.

Hendrickson said Bainbridge Uncorked! is aimed at whetting appetites for a larger, three-day event planned for October. The event will feature visits to island wineries as well as a dinner cooked-up with Kitsap County-grown ingredients.

“I want people to sit down to dinner, on one of our farms, and connect what’s around them to what they’re eating.” Hendrickson said. “We have a wonderful opportunity here to strengthen relationships between farmers, winemakers and consumers and bring more attention to our culinary scene.”

For more information about Bainbridge Uncorked! and the October wine and food festival, visit www.islandwineweekend.com or call (206) 679-0680.