It was the perfect balmy day in Cannon Beach to attend the Gold Medal Wines & the Battle of the Bites. Guests arrived with an appetite and excitement to try Gold Medal winning wines of all varieties. In the SavorNW Wine Awards nearly 700 wines were reviewed and Savor Cannon Beach featured some of the top wines from that competition. To see all the winners click HERE. My favorite was a Pinot Noir from Walnut City with its spicy yet smooth flavor. I’m a huge fan of reds and there were countless Malbecs, Syrahs, and Pinot Noirs to choose from all over the Pacific Northwest.
There were four delectable single-bit hors d’oeuvres for The Battle of the Bites. These remarkable chefs were generous in providing guests with wine pairing ideas as well as second helpings in the spacious meeting room of the Tolovana Inn. There were places to mingle or have a seat at a table the line was never longer than a few seconds between tastings. The jazzy piano music made it a relaxing wine and cuisine tasting event.
It was definitely difficult to make a decision between four incredibly talented chefs. The winner chosen was Sweet Basil’s Cafe Chef John Sowa with his wild boar lettuce wrap and a sriracha dipping sauce. All of the chefs deserve praise for the creative fusion of flavors they presented. Chef Doug of Seasons Cafe had an Ahi poke bite on wonton crisp, Chef Jonathan Hoffman of Dough Dough Bakery & Fermentation Station had a buttermilk waffle with salmon lox topped with huckleberry creme fraiche, and last but definitely not least Dan Micolino, Research and Development Chef of Pelican Brewing Company had a house-baked phyllo cup with caramelized shallot foie gras mousse and a marionberry reduction. I had never had foie gras and thought the combination of flavors was surprisingly delightful. I have to be honest when I walked up to the table for Dough Dough Bakery I was a bit skeptical to try waffle topped with salmon and creme fraiche but he took a risk and it paid off with an explosion of flavors.
Savor Cannon Beach, four days of wine tasting, culinary events, and a wine walk showcasing Northwest wineries in Cannon Beach will return next year on March 7-9, 2019. If you’re a wine or food enthusiast definitely set a reminder to get your tickets early. Tickets will be available on November 1, 2018 for the 2019 Savor Cannon Beach Wine and Culinary Festival.