Well, this isn’t exactly how I imagined the first entry for this
blog, but after more than six months of talking about starting a
wine blog, it finally got to the point where we needed to get
something up and running.
And what better way to introduce this blog to the community than
through an invitation to drink wine?
August appears to be a good month for wine — although I’m sure
as I get plugged into the wine world (beyond my regular trips to
the Fred Meyer wine section) I’ll see more and more wine events
popping up during the other months.
The three events I’m listing below range from Gig Harbor to
Agate Pass. Two of them are being held to benefit Kitsap
The first event is in Gig Harbor and is this
Saturday (Aug. 7), so it’s short notice for those who like
to plan ahead. It’s the Gig Harbor Wine and Food
It looks like this is the inaugural event, which is presented by
the Harbor History Museum and the Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront
Association. You need tickets to attend, and early bird prices are
gone, so tickets are now $75. They can be purchased from the event
, or by calling (253) 858-6722.
For those who love Top Chef, season five chef Fabio Viviani will
be on hand to cook off against Gig Harbor chef Craig
There will be a tasting tent with more than 35 wineries pouring
their creations, and select restaurants and food purveyors will
offer food selections to pair with the wine. For the foodies:
cooking demonstrations, and for the winos: wine seminars. There
will also be opportunities to bid on dining packages, insider
experiences and many other luxury items.
To see the complete list of happenings for the Saturday event —
held on the grounds of the Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview
Drive — visit the website. (www.harborwineandfoodfest.com).
The next weekend, if you’re feeling like staying closer to home,
there is the second annual Kitsap Wine Festival at
the Harborside Fountain Park. (That’s the park with the
brass-colored fountains that resemble submarine sails right next to
the Bremerton ferry dock).
The event is Saturday, Aug. 14 from 2 to 5:30
p.m. Order your tickets in advance. Price is $50. That includes a
commemorative wine glass, and unlimited tasting of the wines and
various food options. (Last year you paid to enter, and paid for
food. That won’t be the case this year).
The event will be similar to last year, but will span the whole
park, will feature 36 wineries from Washington and Oregon, and will
include food from the Kitsap Conference Center, Anthony’s at
Sinclair Inlet, Old Town Bistro, Clubhouse at McCormick Woods and
Bella Bella Cupcakes.
New to the event this year will be an on-site wine shop, so if
you taste a wine you can’t live without you can get it right there,
and a second band has been added to the lineup, according to Terry
Halvorson, general manager for the conference center.
Halvorson said last year’s event was so successful they’ve added
more tickets this year. A total of 700 tickets were up for grabs,
but 400 have already sold. So jump on it!
Buy tickets online at www.kitsapwinefestival.com
or in person at the Kitsap Conference Center, 100 Washington
Avenue, Bremerton. Check out the website for information about what
wineries will be there.
Net precedes from the event benefit the Harrison Medical Center
Foundation. Last year the event raised $5,000 for the foundation,
this year they hope to double that amount.
Lastly, the final event I know of in Kitsap for wine this month
is a fundraiser for the Holly Ridge Center.
Executive director Roxanne Bryson says they’re hoping to make
this their signature event, and I hope it sticks because it sounds
like so much fun.
The first annual Vino Kitsap Scavenger Hunt is scheduled for
Saturday, Aug. 21 with staggered start times
between 2 and 3 p.m. Tickets are required, and only 125 are
available. They run $50 a piece.
“Hunters” will receive a signature bottle of wine from
Silverlake Winery at the end of the event for participating.
At the start they’ll be handed a passport to fill along the way,
and will receive clues to direct them to the next stop, which will
take participants to an in-home wine shop, a winery and finally a
private estate overlooking Agate Passage in North Kitsap. A total
of seven wines will be featured at the event.
The event starts at the Siloam Retreat and
WineShop At Home, 2755 Lake Tahuyeh Road, Bremerton.
At the end of the scavenger hunt the overall winner will receive a
case of wine. Bryson guesses more than one person might have their
passports filled and handed in at the same time, which means
they’ll throw the names in a hat to draw a winner. The case of wine
will include an assortment of different varieties.
For tickets, or more information call Bryson at (360) 373-2536,
or register online at www.hollyridge.org . The website
also has more information about the event.
Net proceeds will go to benefit the Holly Ridge infant and
toddler program and the adult services program.
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