Sip, flip-flop and celebrate

For the third year, Olympic Cellars Winery owner Kathy Charlton, right, and tasting room manager Molly Rivard celebrate National Flip-Flop Day with discounts June 18-21 for flip-flop wearers. “When summer is supposed to come, I don’t care if I’m in my fleece, I’m wearing flip-flops,” Charlton said. “It takes me back.”

Olympic Cellars Winery is throwing a bash to celebrate fathers, the summer and those proud of their pedicures.

People who wear flip-flops - colorful rubber sandals - during business hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, June 18-Monday June 21, will receive a free wine tasting.

The event includes National Flip-Flop Day, June 18; Father's Day; June 20; and the first day of summer, June 21.

Olympic Cellars winery produces about 3,500 cases of hand-crafted wines in its century-old barn at 255410 Highway 101, Port Angeles.  Sequim Gazette photos by Matthew Nash

"We're talking true flip-flops, not Birkenstocks or any type of open-toed shoe that entices 'Northwesterners' to wear socks," said winery owner Kathy Charlton.

"Dads may need some extra encouragement. Though the Pacific Northwest introduced the concept of 'socks and sandals,' our philosophy is that if enough people wear real flip-flops on National Flip-Flop Day and throughout the weekend, the gods will send warmth and sun showers instead of rain."

This is third year for the event, which Charlton says more people are learning about.

"We get a lot of people who come in not wearing flip-flops but then they'll leave and immediately come back wearing them," Charlton said.

Challenge to fathers

Dads who 'free their feet' and wear flip-flops will receive a special gift for coming.

All flip-flop clad visitors get a special wine discount besides the tasting.

"Dad can stock-up on the perfect accompaniment for his summer barbeque best - a nice 'Handyman Red' perhaps, or 'Rosé the Riveter,' often referred to as 'sunshine in a glass,'" Charlton said.

"Special for this event we've created a 'Rosie Sangria' that will have our guests' flip-flops tapping to summer's music on our patio."

For more on Olympic Cellars call 452-0160 or visit

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