Harbinger Winery in Port Angeles recognized for its wine

Harbinger Winery in Port Angeles was the recent recipient of a “Best of Show” award from the Portland Northwest Food & Wine Festival for its 2008 Syrah Vintner’s Pick.

This sought after award is definitely something to write home about. Winemaker Sara Gagnon is clearly doing something right — the wine was recognized earlier this year with a double gold from the Seattle Wine Awards.

Here’s some info from a press release Gagnon sent about the recent recognition:

“Syrah is my favorite grape and the first wine I made was a Syrah. I am elated that my continued persistence with this endeavor is paying off,” Gagnon said. “I am deliberate in making our wines food friendly and it feels great to receive acknowledgement for that. I also recognize that the amazing folks that work with me at Harbinger make it possible for me to put the time and effort into making our wines better every year.”

Harbinger also took silver medals for its 2009 Merlot and 2009 Bolero and recently was recognized by Sunset Magazine in its International Wine Compeition. The winery received gold medals for its 2008 Barbera and 2008 El Jefe’; a silver for its La Petite Fleur; and a bronze for its 2009 Bolero.

From the release:

“I am so happy to see Harbinger competing so well at an international level. The downside of this is the fact that we are small and our wines very limited. Both the Barbera and El Jefe’ are all but sold out! So I guess this will just have to be validation to all of the folks that already purchased these wines,” Gagnon said.

A limited tasting and release of the awarding-winning wines will be available at Harbinger’s Holiday Open House on Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  In addition to the award-winners, Harbinger will also have samples of its holiday wine and “four-legged-friend-wine” — a blend where 100 percent of the profits go to the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society.

Harbinger Winery is located at 2358 Highway 101 West, just 3 miles west of Port Angeles. The tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For questions or more information call the Harbinger Tasting Room at 360-452-4262 or visit at www.harbingerwinery.com.