Our opening night event is an evening of award-winning Northwest wines and chef-designed light bites to pair with them. You'll taste 12 award-winning wines representing many of the wine-growing regions in Oregon and Washington including recent Gold Medal winners from competitions like the SavorNW Wine Awards, the Cascadia Wine Competition and the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Wines include an Oregon Pinot Noir selected as one of Wine Spectator's top 100 wines of the year, a San Francisco Chronicle Best of Class Chardonnay, the Northwest's top Pinot Gris from the 2017 SavorNW Wine Awards competition and Double Gold Medal winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. 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. Your vote will determine the best red and white wine of the evening from these superb selections.

FEATURED WINES AT THE 2018 EVENT INCLUDED:


WHITE WINES

CHARDONNAY
A to Z Wineworks 2016 Chardonnay
AVA: Oregon
AWARDS: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Best of Class 2018
NOTES: This wine is made in an unoaked style, resulting in a bright, food-friendly wine.

ALBARINO
Abacela 2016 Estate Albarino
AVA: Umpqua Valley, Oregon
AWARDS: Wine Press Northwest Platinum 2017
NOTES: One of Spain's most popular white wine varietals, typically exhibiting bright acidity making it an ideal pairing with seafood.

PINOT GRIS
Puffin 2016 Pinot Gris
AVA: Oregon
AWARDS: Wine Press Northwest Platinum 2017, SavorNW Wine Awards Best Pinot Gris 2017
NOTES: Puffin Wines are a collaboration between Cannon Beach's The Wine Shack and Northwest winemakers.

RIESLING
Anam Cara 2014 Estate Dry Riesling
AVA: Chehalem Mountains, Oregon
AWARDS: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Double Gold Medal 2018

SAUVIGNON BLANC
Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
AVA: Umpqua Valley, Oregon
AWARDS: Wine Press Northwest Double Platinum 2017

RED WINES

PINOT NOIR
Colene Clemens 2014 Dopp Creek Pinot Noir
AVA: Chehalem Mountains, Oregon
AWARDS: Selected by Wine Spectator as one of their Top 100 Wines of 2017

GRENACHE
Basalt Cellars 2015 Grenache
AVA: Columbia Valley
AWARDS: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Double Gold Medal 2018

MALBEC
Milbrandt Vineyards 2014 The Estates Malbec
AVA: Wahluke Slope, Washington
AWARDS: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Gold Medal 2018

CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Zerba Cellars 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
AVA: The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater
AWARDS: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Double Gold Medal 2018

TOURIGA NACIONAL
Schmidt Family Vineyards 2014 Estate Touriga Nacional
AVA: Applegate Valley, Southern Oregon
AWARDS: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Double Gold Medal 2018
NOTES: This bold and full-bodied wine is one of Portugal's most prized red wine varietals, common as a blending grape in port wines.

RED BLEND
Cliff Creek Cellars 2015 Red Red Wine
AVA: Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon
AWARDS: SavorNW Wine Awards competition Double Gold Medal 2017

SYRAH
Pudding River Wine Cellars 2014 Syrah
AVA: Walla Walla Valley
AWARDS: SavorNW Wine Awards competition Gold Medal 2017