Mosquito Fleet Winery to hold tasting event

Business: Appetizers will be paired with wines; $10 entry open to public

of the GatewayFebruary 5, 2014 

The Mosquito Fleet Winery will hold a two-day wine-release event this weekend at the Belfair location. The winery, in its sixth season, will release its 2011 wines from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 8-9.

Co-owner Brian Petersen said the winery is quickly growing.

“We’re growing rapidly with some tremendous support,” he said. “The support is growing by leaps and bounds. It’s pretty exciting.”

Petersen said this will be the winery’s third vintage.

“The first two vintages, we’ve seen some great success,” he said.

Petersen added the winery has gained some notoriety during the last few years because a couple of its wines have earned 90-point ratings. It also has earned some golds and double-golds in the Seattle Wine Awards, and it was rated 23rd on Great Northwest Wines’ top 100 list.

“We’ve been enjoying that, and sales have reflected that,” Petersen said. “We started out with a couple hundred cases. We’ve produced 1,250 cases per year the last two years. We’re going to stay at that level for a while.”

The wine-tasting event is $10, including a logo glass, and is open to the public. The wines will be paired with various appetizers, such as duck, red meats, mushroom dishes and more from Robin Hood restaurant.

Each day’s event also will feature live music. Day one will host a keyboardist, and day two will feature a mellow, acoustic band.

Petersen said about 500 people attended last year and he hopes for continued support this year.

“It’s beautiful wines and tremendous food at a tremendous value,” he said. “Taste and get a hold of a limited supply of wines that are gaining in popularity. Some of them are very, very special. There are less than 100 cases of some of them.”

Among the winery’s most popular is the port, a dessert wine.

“Our port sold out last year on our opening weekend,” Petersen said.

“A lot of people were bummed they didn’t get it. We’re doing our best and working really hard to make beautiful wines.”

Reporter Jon Manley can be reached at 253-358-4151 or by email at jon.manley@ gateline.com. Follow him on Twitter, @gateway_jon.

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