Savor Cannon Beach offers a four-day lineup of unique wine experiences in one of the Pacific Northwests most beautiful vacation destinations. Festival events focus on specific themes that showcase the bounty of Northwest wine and cuisine while restaurants, galleries and shops add a weekend full of tastings, special dinners and cultural events. Many of the wines served at festival events are award winners or wines that have received recent acclaim. Event descriptions from the 2016 festival are listed below.
THURSDAY, MARCH 10
5-7pm - THURSDAY NIGHT THROWDOWN
Make a long weekend of Savor Cannon Beach and enjoy one of the most popular of our festival events: The Thursday Night Throwdown. We've selected one wine from Oregon and one from Washington to represent each of six different varietals and you get to be the judge of what state reigns supreme after you've tasted all 12 wines and vote on your favorite for each varietal. This year, we've mixed it up with some great examples of Northwest Tempranillo, Malbec and Grenache along with three white varietals that we thought would make great match-ups. You'll not only taste 12 great wines, but you're likely to discover some new favorites as you learn about the Northwest's wine regions and varietals. Iron Chef Goes Coastal winner Jonathan Hoffman of Cannon Beach will also prepare some great appetizers to pair with the wines. It's a fun way to kick off the Savor Cannon Beach weekend! Location: Tolovana Inn (Warren/Grace Haven Room, 3400 S.Hemlock).
FRIDAY, MARCH 11
1-2:30pm - WINE PATHS LESS TRAVELED: RHONE WHITES & ITALIAN REDS
We've selected some of the Northwest's best examples of Italian red varietals and Rhone white varietals for this fun and educational event presented by Hank and Nancy Sauer. Facilitators of some of the largest wine competitions in the Northwest, the Sauers are always popular presenters and they will offer an entertaining guided tasting where you will learn about some of these lesser known wine varietals. Some of the wines you will taste include Locati Cellars Barbera recently awarded Best of Class at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and Walla Walla Vintners' Sangiovese, a double gold medal winner at the Great Northwest Wine Competition. Rhone whites will include Viognier, Rousanne and a Double Gold medal winning Rhone blend, Pistoleta from Quady North in Southern Oregon. Location: Tolovana Inn (Warren/Grace Haven Room, 3400 S Hemlock).
3-4:30pm - THE WINEMAKER'S TABLE: AFTERNOON EDITION
Taste a special selection of three wines from five different winemakers as small groups of five rotate between five Winemaker Tables for intimate small-group tastings of library, reserve, horizontal or vertical wine flights. In this session, you'll taste a vertical (2010-2012) of Tertulia Cellars Estate Excelsior, a Walla Walla-style Bordeaux blend; a library vertical of Sangiovese from Locati Cellars; a three-year vertical (2009- 2011) of Northwest Cellars Intrigue red blend; a 2013 horizontal of vineyard specific Pinot Noir from Fullerton Wines; and select wines from D'Anu including their 2012 Winemakers Reserve Pinot Noir and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a rare opportunity to taste 15 special wines and hear about Northwest wine terroir and the winemaking process. The session is limited to only 25 participants. It's our version of speed dating some of the best of Northwest wines! Location: Cannon Beach Community Hall (207 N Spruce St).
5-7pm - BATTLE OF THE BLENDS & BITES
Experience the winemaker's art of blending wines at the Battle of the Blends, an event that showcases some of the Northwest's best wine blends in a fun evening of wine tasting combined with the culinary concoctions of Cannon Beach chefs. You'll taste eight great wines we've carefully selected to represent different varietal blends and showcase the Northwest's wine regions, then youll vote on your favorites to choose the winners of the Battle of the Blends. Youll also sample the offerings of Cannon Beach chefs who we challenged to create the perfect bite and you choose your favorite in the Battle of the Bites. Location: Tolovana Inn (Warren/Grace Haven Room, 3400 S Hemlock).
6:30-8:30pm - WINE, ART & CHEESE WALK
Visit participating galleries, each hosting a Northwest winery and showcasing a regional cheesemaker for an evening of art, wine and food. Includes a free souvenir Savor Cannon Beach glass. Location: Check-in begins at 6pm at Sandpiper Square in the downstairs lobby, 172 N Hemlock.
SATURDAY, MARCH 12
10:30am-12pm - SERIOUS ABOUT SYRAH
Taste a classic French Syrah and then some of the best Syrah from the Northwest's wine regions in this guided wine tasting with wine writer Andy Perdue, founder of Great Northwest Wines. Featured wines will include Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards from Roseburg, Oregon, the recent winner of the best Syrah at the Six Nations Wine Challenge in Australia; and the Pundit Syrah from Tenet Wines. The Tenet Wines are a collaborative project with Chateau Ste. Michelle head winemaker, Bob Bertheau, noted French winemaker Michael Gassier and enology consultant Philippe Cambie. Their Pundit Syrah was selected among Wine Spectator's top 100 wines of the year. Location: Tolovana Inn (Warren/Grace Haven Room, 3400 S.Hemlock).
1-5pm - SAVOR CANNON BEACH WINE WALK
Taste wines from nearly 40 Northwest wineries pouring tastings as you make the rounds of Cannon Beach art galleries, shops, restaurants and hotels. Participating wineries represent the major wine growing regions in Oregon and Washington, including Willamette Valley, eastern Washington and southern Oregon. Ticket price includes a souvenir Savor Cannon Beach wine glass and free tastings from any of the participating wineries. Proceeds from this event benefit the Cannon Beach Preschool & Children's Center. Location: Check-in begins at 11am at Coaster Theatre, 108 N Hemlock.
SUNDAY, MARCH 13
10:30am-12:30pm - GOLD MEDAL WINE BRUNCH
Sample eight Gold Medal winning wines from the 2016 SavorNW Wine awards and enjoy a gourmet selection of brunch bites, the perfect way to wrap up the festival weekend, taste the best of Northwest wines and toast new friends. Location: Tolovana Inn (Warren/Grace Haven Room, 3400 S Hemlock).