Ott & Murphy in Downtown Langley has become known as a place to sample award-winning wines and for its classy cabaret featuring excellent local entertainers in an intimate setting.
Ott & Murphy Wines win national awards
Wine Enthusiast, the international wine connoisseur’s publication that dedicates a portion of each issue to US wineries, rated three newly released wines from Ott and Murphy as Excellent and Highly Recommended. In the November issue, two of Ott & Murphy Wines received the coveted Editor’s Choice representing the highest recommendation in that issue: (2012 Elephant Mountain Wild Fermented Viognier and the 2012 Boushey Vineyard Marsanne).
Of the five wines Ott & Murphy submitted to the Wine Enthusiast review, three drew top ratings of 91 points.
In February, Ott & Murphy will offer its “Wine 101” course to teach the sensory skills winemakers use in describing and evaluating wines. The class will be taught by Deb Stilwell who joined the Ott & Murphy staff in August 2014 after spending 16 years as a wine educator with DeLille Cellars in Woodinville. Participants receive special wine discounts.
An evolution from Ott & Murphy Wines to OM Wines
In 2007, three local Island friends formed Ott & Murphy Wines. David Ott, Diane Kaufman & Eric Murphy became serious winemakers. Their first commercial wines won national and Washington State awards in 2009.
As the wines have evolved, the importance of the Ott & Murphy logo is evolving too. In 2015, Eric Murphy moves from winemaker to consulting winemaker, and Chris Hunter joins David Ott at OM as its new associate winemaker. During 2015 Ott & Murphy Wines will raise its focus on the OM logo identity. The brand’s byline—OM, Wines that Resonate—honors the friendly collaboration that created both the wines and OM’s unique logo.
OM’s highly lauded wines are available on Whidbey Island: in Langley at OM’s tasting room, The Star Store, and the Goose Grocery; and in Coupeville, OM’s wines are featured at The Bayleaf, Christopher’s, the Oystercatcher and First Street Grill.
The Ott & Murphy Cabaret
In January 2011, the winery’s managing partner, Diane Kaufman, learned about a vacant space in downtown Langley that she believed would make a perfect wine tasting spot. The Ott & Murphy Tasting room, at 204 1st Street, with its stunning view of Saratoga Passage, became an overnight must-visit place for locals and for tourists. Cabaret performances started in June of 2011; now, performers approach Ott & Murphy to perform at the cabaret, and several have become identified as OM regulars. During the past three years, OM’s Tasting Room has become a hub for South end community events like birthdays, wedding receptions, book and CD releases. Cabaret reservations are recommended: 360-221-7131360-221-7131. For the cabaret performances, list of wines, and other information, visit the website: http://ottmurphywines.com or find Ott & Murphy Winery Tasting Room on Facebook. Winter hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Sunday 1 p.m, to 8 p.m.