Acrobat & Signature Pinot Gris are 2 of 10 winners at the Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition

April 26 2010

2010 Pacific Coast Wine & Oyster Competition Acrobat Pinot Gris & Signature Pinot Gris by King Estate

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.

Recipe: Chef Landsberg’s Fresh Shucked NW Oysters with English Cucumber Foam…

And so, the final round of judging began. At the end of the final judging, after the scores from each of the 3 cities were tallied, King Estate still had 2 wines among the 10 winners, an honor shared with one other Oregon winery (Anne Amie) which also had 2 wines in the winner’s circle. Combined Oregon had a total of 4 winners, more than any other state (California and Washington each had 3).

2010 Winning Wines

Acrobat 08 Pinot Gris (OR)Oregon, Washington, & California, the winners at the Pac Coast Oyster Wine Competition
Anne Amie 09 Pinot Gris (OR)
Anne Amie Cuvee A 09 Müller-Thurgau (OR)
Chateau Ste. Michelle 08 Sauvignon Blanc (WA) *
CMS White 08 (WA)
Columbia Winery 08 Pinot Gris (WA) *
Franciscan 08 Sauvignon Blanc (CA)
Heitz 09 Sauvignon Blanc (CA)
King Estate 08 Pinot Gris (OR) *
Kunde 09 Sauvignon Blanc (CA) *

* Prior Oyster Award Winner

2010 Finals Judges

Los Angeles
Grant Adair, General Manager, King’s Fish House, Calabasas
Amy Albert, Senior Associate Editor, Bon Appétit
Bob Blumer, The Surreal Gourmet
Margot Dougherty, Food writer; Editor zesterdaily.com
Jerry Garbus, Senior Manager, Ocean Avenue Seafood
Barbara Hansen, Food & wine writer, www.tableconversation.com
Stacie Hunt, NPR, wine journalist, Splash Productions
Heather John, Contributing Editor, Bon Appetit
Mary Sue Milliken, Chef/Owner, Border Grill and Ciudad restaurants
Russ Parsons, Food Editor, Los Angeles Times, Author

San Francisco
Jon Bonné, Wine Editor, SF Chronicle
Narsai David, Food & Wine Editor, KCBS Radio
Jerry DiVecchio, Writer, food-wine-life
Tim McDonald, Wine Spoken Here
Jan Newberry, Senior Editor, San Francisco Magazine
Rod Smith, wine writer
Bob Steffes, General Manager, Hog Island Oyster Company
Molly Watson, Food writer and host of “I’d Eat That”
Olivia Wu, Executive Chef, Google
Liza Zimmerman, Editor-in-chief, Cheers

Seattle
*Tom Arthur, Senior Manager, Elliott’s Oyster House
Renee Erickson, Chef/Owner, Boat Street Café
*Claire Hansen, Manager, Flying Fish
Chuck Hill, Wine Writer; Author; Publisher, “Joy of Oysters”
Ronald Holden, Wine & food writer; Cornichon.org
*Lane Hoss, Vice President of Marketing, Anthony’s Restaurants
Leslie Kelly, SeriousEats.com; AlDenteBlog.com.; Whining and Dining
*Sarah McCabe, Manager, Steelhead Diner
Dan McCarthy, Proprietor, McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants
Craig Miller, Wine Guy,” Top Foods, “Craig Recommends”
Bruce Sturgeon, General Manager, Blueacre Seafood
Erik Tanaka, Executive Chef and Partner, Tom Douglas Restaurants
*Luke Wohlers, Wine & Spirits Educator

* Preliminary Judge