Puffin’s 2012 pinot noir earned the highest possible rating, double gold, at the 2015 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition recently held in Hood River.

More than 50 Oregon pinot noir wines were carefully swirled, sipped and spit as a part of the evaluation process and the 2012 Puffin Pinot noirwas awarded one of only three double gold medals in that category. A wine is elevated to double gold medal status when its judging panel unanimously agrees the wine is worthy of a gold medal. The double gold medal recognition is reserved for only a select few wines which are worthy of this very high rating. The Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most prestigious wine recognition programs as Oregon wines compete against wines from Washington, Idaho and Canada to determine the region’s outstanding wines of the year.

Puffin Wines is owned by Steven and Maryann Sinkler, who also own the Wine Shack and Provisions 124 in Cannon Beach. While neither is a winemaker, the Sinklers work with some of Oregon’s finest winemakers. The double gold medal-winning 2012 Puffin pinot noir is made by Sean Driggers, winemaker at Pudding River Wine Cellars, in Salem. Made with estate fruit from their on-site vineyard, this is the third vintage of pinot noir that Sean Driggers has made for Puffin.

In addition to this outstanding wine, the Puffin wine lineup includes a gold medal-winning pinot gris, a gold-medal winning dry rosé and a newly released cabernet sauvignon. Puffin wines are regularly poured in the Wine Shack tasting room, as well as the Cannon Beach and Manzanita Farmers’ Markets during the summer.

For more information on Puffin wines, visit beachwine.com or contact the Wine Shack at 503-436-1100.


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