Samples of food and wine from Savor Cannon Beach

FESTIVAL EVENT: Best of the Northwest Throwdown

Our opening night event on Thursday, March 9, 2017, is an evening of award-winning Northwest wines and chef-designed light bites to pair with them. You'll taste 12 award-winning wines including recent Gold Medal winners from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the SavorNW Wine Awards and the Cascadia Wine Competition along with one wine named among the Top 100 Wines of 2016 by Wine Spectator Magazine. Your vote will determine the best wines of the evening from these superb selections. Three-time Iron Chef Goes Coastal winner Jonathan Hoffman will prepare light bites designed to pair with the wines. Our Thursday Night Throwdown is an evening of delicious fun and is a great way to discover new wines and varietals while you increase your awareness of Northwest wine regions.

FEATURED WINES INCLUDE:



WHITE WINES

CHARDONNAY
Schmidt Family Vineyards 2014 Reserve Chardonnay
AVA: Applegate Valley, Southern Oregon
AWARDS: Double Gold Medal winner at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

GRUNER VELTLINER
Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards 2015 Gruner Veltliner
AVA: Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
AWARDS: Best of Class at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
NOTES: This is the public debut of this wine that has not yet been released by the winery

PINOT GRIS
Puffin 2015 Pinot Gris
AVA: Oregon
AWARDS: Gold Medal winner at the 2016 Oregon Wine Awards.
NOTES: Puffin Wines are a collaboration between Cannon Beach's The Wine Shack and Northwest winemakers.

RIESLING
Nine Hats Wines 2015 Riesling
AVA: Columbia Valley, Washington
AWARDS: Double Gold Medal winner at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

VIOGNIER
Kriselle Cellars 2015 Viognier
AVA: Rogue Valley, Oregon
AWARDS: Double Gold Medal winner at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

RED WINES

PINOT NOIR
Lemelson Vineyards 2014 Thea's Selection Pinot Noir
AVA: Willamette Valley, Oregon
AWARDS: Selected by Wine Spectator as one of their Top 100 Wines of 2016

GRENACHE
Abacela 2014 Barrel Select Garnacha
AVA: Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
AWARDS: Double Gold Medal winner at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

CABERNET FRANC
Zerba Cellars 2014 Cabernet Franc
AVA: Walla Walla Valley, Washington
AWARDS: Best of Class at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2013 a Squared Cabernet Sauvignon
AVA: Horse Heaven Hills; Columbia Valley, Washington
AWARDS: Double Platinum award winner at Wine Press Northwest Magazine's 2016 Best of the Best Wine Competition and a Gold Medal winner at the 2016 SavorNW Wine Awards.

RED BLEND
Skylite Cellars 2012 Soire
AVA: Columbia Valley, Washington
AWARDS: Gold Medal winner at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the 2016 SavorNW Wine Awards.
NOTES: This wine is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Syrah and 22% Merlot

RED BLEND
Westport Winery 2013 Jetty Cat
AVA: Columbia Valley, Washington
AWARDS: A Double Platinum award winner at Wine Press Northwest magazine's 2016 Best of the Best Wine Competition and a Double Gold Medal winner at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition.
NOTES: This wine is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Malbec. The winery based in Westport, Washington opened a tasting room in Cannon Beach in 2016.

SYRAH
Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Masada Bloc Syrah
AVA: Umpqua Valley, Oregon
AWARDS: Double Gold Medal winner at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

PETIT VERDOT
Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Frazier Bluff Vineyard Petit Verdot
AVA: Walla Walla Valley, Washington
AWARDS: Double Gold Medal winner at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition