Wine on the Rock with a twist – its Wine Around the Rock! August 19, 2023

WotR logoEach year the Winery Alliance of Bainbridge Island sponsors four Wine on the Rock events. Next month they’re pulling out all the stops with a Winemakers Cruise via Argosy around the island. All attendees will receive a complimentary wine tasting and 20% off all bottles on Sunday, August 20th at any of these five wineries.

Set sail on a sunset wine cruise with five Bainbridge Island winemakers! Five island winemakers will be sharing their wines on board the cruise – Eagle Harbor Wine Co., Eleven Winery, Fletcher Bay Winery, Rolling Bay Winery and Perennial Vintners.

The two-story Argosy cruise ship boards in Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island at 4:30pm on Saturday, August 19th. During the four hour cruise, you’ll enjoy a view of the island that most have never seen as you cruise around Bainbridge Island.

The winemakers will be on board to share information about their unique and delicious wines. A catered dinner, open wine bar, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for the duration of the cruise.

East West Catering logo 2023 - image captured from East West Catering websiteMenu by East West Catering:

  • Meatballs with a Burgundian rosemary glaze
  • Brûléed Figs stuffed with goat cheese
  • Smoked prime Tri-tip with a fresh horseradish Dijon
  • Fruits, Cheeses and Sourdough
  • Apple Bacon and sage Mini Quiche
  • Chicken Tenderloin in Puff Pastry
  • Caramelized Pecans and Assorted nuts
  • Assorted Fresh Fruit Gateau Basque Pastries with Chantilly cream

Note: Menu subject to change based on available ingredients.

Argosy Goodtimes II image courtesy of the Winery Alliance of Bainbridge IslandThis will be the second annual wine cruise and those who attend should come ready to have a good time. This is a fun and casual cruise for enthusiastic wine lovers who are looking for a great night on the water to celebrate all that Bainbridge Island wineries have to offer! The ship holds 250 and will be close to capacity. There will not be a lot of places to sit and it will be crowded, so come ready to mix and mingle!

Board the Argosy Goodtimes II at the City Dock on Bainbridge Island near Waterfront Park at 4:30pm. The boat will set sail at 5:00pm and will cruise around Bainbridge Island for close to four hours, returning to the City Dock around 9:00pm. Use 301 Shannon Dr SE, Bainbridge Island for the address to get to the dock.


Stay the night: Many Bainbridge Island lodging locations are already booked up for the season, but those available can be found here. The Clearwater Casino Resort is just off Bainbridge Island in Suquamish and has room availability. Book early here.

Wine Around the Rock image courtesy of the Winery Alliance of Bainbridge IslandFAQs

What time is the cruise? The ship begins boarding at 4:30pm on Saturday, August 19th from the Bainbridge Island City Dock near the Waterfront Park. Use address 301 Shannon Dr SE, Bainbridge Island for directions to the dock. If you are coming from Seattle via ferry, please plan to take an earlier ferry than necessary. During the Summer months the ferry schedule can get backed up and delayed. They cannot hold the cruise ship for those arriving late.

Walking from the ferry? It’s a short 0.4 mile walk from the ferry terminal via the Waterfront Trail or a 0.5 mile walk via Winslow Way and the Waterfront Trail.

Where can I park? Parking is limited around the City Dock. Please plan to carpool if you’re attending as a group or find street parking along Winslow Way. Drivers can drop off on Brien below the park swings and above the Bainbridge Island Rowing club house, then park on Brien and the stalls North of playground. Please avoid the boat trailer parking on the North and Southwest side of Bjune. There is one ADA stall at the dock South of the restroom. Those with mobility issues can be dropped off right by the ramp, then drivers can park with cars on Brien.

What is the attire? The attire is summer cocktail – basically an outfit you’d wear to a nice dinner out. The ship is two stories and the sides will be open on the top deck. It can get cooler in the evenings, so plan to bring a light jacket or sweater and comfortable shoes that can handle the sway of the boat (high heels not advised).

What wines will be on board? Each of our five wineries will be sharing one of their wines aboard the ship, plus a couple of extras! All wines are included in the cruising price.

Will the dinner be sitdown or buffet style? The dinner will be buffet style and the same menu will be served on both the upper and lower deck.

How can I redeem my complementary wine flight the next day? We encourage you to stay the night on the island and make a weekend of it! Visit any of the five wineries on Sunday, August 20th and show your cruise ticket for a free wine flight. Each winery is also offering 20% off any bottles of wine on Sunday only. If you’re traveling by plane on Alaska Airlines, you are able to check a case of wine for free on your flight, so stock up at the winery! Wineries also offer shipping to most states.

Can kids attend? This event is 21+ and no kids will be allowed aboard the cruise.

BI wine image by Margaret MillmoreHere at The Island Wanderer, we’ve had the pleasure of writing features on our seven wineries, if you’d like to learn more about them, click on the winery name below:

Amelia Wynn Winery Bistro

Bainbridge Vineyards

Eagle Harbor Wine Co.

Eleven Winery

Fletcher Bay Winery

Perennial Vintners

Rolling Bay Winery

*Images and content provided by the Winery Alliance of Bainbridge Island and used with permission

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