Wine release party season is fast upon us as area wineries prepare to share their hard work with the drinking public.
Belfair-based Mosquito Fleet Winery is opening its doors the weekend of Feb. 9 and 10 for its release party celebration to showcase the release of its 2010 vintage wines. This is the winery’s second release. We attended the winery’s inaugural release party last year and were thoroughly impressed. We also had a chance last fall to taste some of the winery’s 2010 vintages while they were still in the works and again were extremely excited to taste the “final” bottled product.
Doors will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. For $10 you can taste the winery’s six wines. The fee is waived with purchase.
Here’s info sent by the winery with details of what to expect at the weekend celebration:
The crew at Mosquito Fleet is intent on rolling out an enjoyable spread of chocolates and cheeses. They have hired Chef Dustin Joseph of the ‘Art House Café’ to create food pairings for each of their six wines.
In addition, Mosquito Fleet contracted with Oh Chocolates of Mercer Island to create truffles using the winery’s own ‘Port style’ desert wine. The winery is also bringing in a different band on each day to play for guests.
Doors will be open from 11 a.m. to 5:00 pm both days. They will be serving six wines, five still wines and a dessert wine that will be served in small Swiss chocolate cups. The cost is only $10 per person with the winery waiving that fee with the purchase of a bottle of wine.
Mosquito Fleet Winery has operated for four years, but has only released one vintage (2009) thus far. The 2010 varietals will be their second release.
“We are certainly wanting to remain patient and not release the wines before they are ready. We want to continue maximizing wine quality and creating a good first impression for the consumer,” said winemaker and co-owner Brian Petersen.
The MFW 2009 vintage sold out in a matter of months and received tremendous accolade. The winery believes the soon-to-be released 2010 wines are even better and the four owners anticipate tremendous sales this year as well.
The February release consists of only 1,000 cases and some varietals are extremely limited. With the tremendous local support and many commercial accounts clamoring to get their hands on this year’s production, it could go quickly.
“We are excited about the growing demand. We believe it’s a result of prioritizing quality over quantity… a stronghold of the Mosquito Fleet Winery philosophy,” Petersen said.