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Savor Cannon Beach offers best of area’s wineries

Cannon Beach Gazette

Published on February 28, 2018 3:10PM

Last changed on March 2, 2018 11:16AM

Guests at 2017 Savor Cannon Beach.

Savor Cannon Beach

Guests at 2017 Savor Cannon Beach.

Savor Cannon Beach offers an intimate wine festival experience from March 8 to March 11.

The largest event of the festival, the Saturday wine walk, is limited to several hundred wine-tasters who can visit 40 Northwest wineries pouring tastings at art galleries, restaurants and retail shops. A $40 ticket buys a souvenir glass and free tastings at all locations. A complimentary shuttle will operate during the event between different parts of town and hotels.

The festival kicks off on Thursday with “Best of the Northwest Throwdown,” an evening featuring a tasting of 12 award-winning wines and chef-prepared small bites to pair with them. The Pacific Northwest wines featured include recent Gold Medal-winners from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, SavorNW Wine Awards and Cascadia Wine Competition along with one wine selected among the top 100 wines of the year by Wine Spectator Magazine.

The Winemaker’s Premium Pours event showcases five Northwest wineries each pouring three special wines that may include library wines, vertical or horizontal tastings or reserve selections. The “Battle of the Bites” event features gold medal-winning wines from the 2018 Savor NW Wine Awards and “bites” offered by area chefs and restaurants. Participant votes determine which bite wins the battle.

Individual tickets to festival events are $20 to $40 each. A daily pass for Friday or Saturday is available for $55 and a full festival pass good for admission to all six festival events is $175. Advance purchase is recommended, as events are limited in size and have sold out in past years. Additionally, several Cannon Beach hotels and resorts are offering lodging packages that include complimentary tickets to Saturday’s wine walk, the biggest event of the festival.

For a complete schedule of events or to purchase tickets, visit


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