Savor Flavors in Cannon Beach

By Ann Powers | Monday, February 25, 2019

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” 
― Ernest Hemingway


Hemingway was onto something ... and so is Cannon Beach with its Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival Thursday, March 7, through Sunday, March 10. The annual gathering is the perfect opportunity to put Hemingway’s “greater range for enjoyment” to the test by having a sip or two and exploring the charming coastal community’s many “sensory thing(s),” including renowned art galleries, fantastic food and inviting retail shops.

Opening night kicks off at 5 p.m. on Thursday with the Best of the Northwest Throwdown: an evening of notable Northwest wines paired with delicious light bites crafted by award-winning Chef Jonathan Hoffman. Eight vintages will be available including recent Gold Medal winners from the SavorNW Wine Awards and the Cascadia Wine Competition. Attendees will also get a chance to vote on their favorites to determine the best wines of the evening.

The Throwdown goes down at the Tolovana Inn, 3400 South Hemlock Street. Tickets are $40.

The Winemaker’s Premium Pours is set for Friday at 2 p.m. Five Northwest wineries will open up their cellars and share three of their distinct vintages. participants will have the opportunity to taste library wines, verticals, horizontals or reserve wines. I’m sure to the more experienced wine enthusiast that means something, but it all sounds good either way. Which brings me to another point Savor officials want to stress – this festival is for everyone. Not just the expert connoisseur, but for the everyday, crushed-grape and good-food lover too. It’s a fun event, aimed at delighting the senses in a beautiful and intimate setting by the sea. Winemaker’s Premium Pours also takes place at the Tolovana Inn. Tickets are $30.

Photo credits to Jen Baer

Also on Friday is the Art & Wine Walk with check in beginning at 5:45 p.m. at Sandpiper Square, 172 North Hemlock. Don’t miss this pleasant evening for the chance to enjoy a leisurely stroll through downtown Cannon Beach while visiting art galleries hosting different Northwest wineries, all while the sun sets over the Pacific to enjoy. Tickets are $30 and include a Savor Cannon Beach glass.

Saturday’s agenda lists Wine Tasting Basics & Beyond starting at 11 a.m. Sure, technically it’s still morning ... but heck, it’s the weekend and happy hour somewhere, right? Actually, this program isn’t about getting loopy in libations. It’s designed to help you taste wine like a pro by offering various regional wines to demonstrate wine characteristics for style, body, acidity and barrel influence. You’ll also get to know wine terminology, wine tasting dos and don’ts and more. Led by professional wine competition facilitators Hank and Nancy Sauer, Wine Tasting Basics and Beyond is great for beginner and intermediate wine appreciators.

Participants with Wine Walk tickets can check in and pick up their glass at this event and avoid the line at the downtown Wine Walk check-in. Organizers request no frequencies be worn. It’s at the Tolovana Inn, and tickets are $25.  

Wine walks are the bomb, so if you didn’t get enough of Friday night’s stroll (or couldn’t attend) – no worries. Step it up on Saturday with the Savor Cannon Beach Wine Walk. Meander through the cozy community’s art galleries, shops, restaurants and hotels as you sample passions from wineries representing the major wine growing regions in both Oregon and Washington. Check in begins at noon at Coaster Theatre Playhouse, 108 Hemlock Street, and the walk embarks at 1 p.m. Tickets are $50.

The Gold Medal Wines & Battle of the Bites wraps things up on Sunday starting at noon. Taste eight current vintage Gold Medal-winning wines from the Savor NW Wine Awards and enticing bites prepared by area chefs and eateries, which you get to vote on to help determine the winner for the Battle of the Bites part. It’s held at the Tolovana Inn, and tickets are $40.

Photo credits to Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival

Officials say tickets are limited for all events and officials recommend buying them in advance to secure your spot. For more information, go here

And if you’re looking to continue cultivating your culinary abilities, check out these additional cooking and food-related activities happening up and down the North Coast.

You know Mardi Gras happened this week, and hopefully you “laissez les bons temps rouler,” as they say in New Orleans, or let the good times roll. Guess what – good and tasty times keep on rolling in Astoria this weekend at the North Coast Food Web. Join Chef David Weber this Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., for a New Orleans-themed Cooking Class. A native to Bayou territory, David shares the savvy for making chicken-sausage gumbo, bread pudding and more. Register for this instructive, hands-on class here.

There’s nothing like finishing the weekend on a sweet note. Join the Seaside Civic and Convention Center for a Sweet Affaire to do exactly that. This is the annual fundraiser for the center and the Seaside Rotary Foundation, and it benefits local families and students. This event welcomes over 20 local restaurants, wineries and breweries to share their favorite confections, libations and gourmet creations with the attendees. There will be wines, beers, seafood appetizers and, of course, chocolates among the featured teats. There will also be a band and both a live and silent auction during the event. Funds go to making a difference in the lives of community members, from helping Seaside families receive gifts during the holidays, activities for both youth and seniors, college scholarships, housing the homeless and more. A Sweet Affaire will be held Sunday, March 10, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., and you can purchase tickets online or by calling (503) 738-3311.

Yes, those sweets, drinks and gumbo are the stuff of dreams, but all that decadent dining can leave your body craving something that cleanses and soothes. A cozy cup of warm and nourishing golden milk will do the trick. For Sou’Wester Lodge’s Weekly Wellness offering, they’re featuring golden milk in the Lodge Living Room on Tuesday evenings. This tea latte is made with coconut milk, turmeric, ginger and black pepper and then sweetened with honey, cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic properties, and it promotes the immune system, metabolism, healthy skin and liver health. A $3 donation is suggested, and be sure to call at least a day in advance if you plan to attend, (360) 642-2542.

Plenty of activities are coming up on the Coast this weekend and next week. Check out our Daytime Events, Nightlife and Community pages to learn more.

About the Author Ann Powers
Ann Powers is a reporter and writer who has lived and worked on the Oregon Coast. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison and currently working on her master's degree in multimedia journalism at the University of Oregon's Portland campus. Originally from Wisconsin, she now calls Oregon home, describing it as, "the Midwest of the Pacific Northwest," due to its dairy-state status, beautiful environment and friendly people.