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.
In the April issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine, the results of the 21st Annual Restaurant Poll were announced. The poll represents the best selling wines in America’s top Zagat rated restaurants.
The results of the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition are in and King Estate had two double gold medal winners and three gold medals. 2008 Signature Pinot Gris was also named one of the San Francisco Chronicle’s top 100 wines of 2009.
Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines in The World is considered by many to be the authoritative list of the year’s best wines. We are proud to announce that King Estate’s 2008 Signature Pinot Gris made the cut and also received a 90 Point score and the “Smart Buy” designation.
Wine Spectator has chosen 2008 Acrobat Pinot Gris by King Estate as the Wine of the Week for December 28th, 2009. Spectator also provided a nice recipe for a suggested pairing: Deviled Quails Eggs on Toast.