About Steven Sinkler

Steven Sinkler is co-owner of The Wine Shack of Cannon Beach as well as owner of Puffin Wines. The winery was founded in 2007 and makes a carefully selected handful of wines from Oregon and Washington grapes.

There’s an Advanced Somm in the House!

“Passed with Merit”. I read those words with an overwhelming sense of relief, disbelief and accomplishment. After three years of studying and wine tasting, I am now a WSET Level 3 (Advanced) Sommelier. In 2014, I thought it would be [...]

Working my Way Towards Somm Level 3

If you’ve been reading this column, you know I passed my Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Sommelier Level 2 (Intermediate) exam “With Merit” about a year ago and against my better judgement, I decided to pursue my Somm Level [...]

Clearing Up the “Misunderstandings” About Riesling

How does such an amazing wine become so misunderstood? We can blame California winemakers for a couple of things; chardonnay that tastes like buttery oak planks and rosé that tastes like sweet pink water, but we can’t blame California for the confusion surrounding one of my favorite wines, riesling. […]

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