Runner-up: WineKraft, Astoria
Honorable mention: The Cellar on 10th, Astoria
Store owners Steven and Maryann Sinkler try to offer just about anything a wine connoisseur could need at The Wine Shack in Cannon Beach.
The store offers a variety of wines, some from as far away as France, others as local as reds from the Willamette Valley, the Oregon Pinot Noirs or even a selection from The Wine Shack’s own line of Puffin wines. Many of the Puffin wines are well-decorated, including the 2016 Puffin Pinot Gris, which won a silver medal in the 2017 Sunset International Wine Competition.
The shop, located in the heart of downtown, is also known for its tasting room, as well as the recently added charcuterie, Provisions 124, which provides a variety of gourmet cheeses, coffees, salamis and breads to complement whatever bottle of wine was purchased next door.
But above all, Steven said what he thinks makes The Wine Shack stand out is customer service and a shared love for what they do.
“This is an honor. There are a lot of great places to buy wine, and we’re thrilled our customers chose us,” he said. “We’re tasting and researching all the time. We love what we do, and I think our customers can see that.”
This year, The Wine Shack hopes to introduce a best value rack, featuring highly rated wines for a modest price, Sinkler said.