The first round of judging began at the end of March with 163 wines, and over 1,800 oysters. Over 6 days, 5 judges completed two rounds of judging, and the first phase of the Oyster Wine Competition was complete. The contenders were narrowed down to 20 wines, and King Estate had 2 wines out of the remaining 20, 2008 Acrobat Pinot Gris and 2008 Signature Pinot Gris. The wines were then prepared for the final round of tasting, a grand affair which takes place over 3 days (April 20th-22nd) and across 3 different cities (Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle). The judges consisted of some of the foremost experts in the world of wine & oysters, ranging from sommeliers to wine writers and beyond.