Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition
2013 Winner - 2011 SAUVIGNON BLANC
2012 Winner - 2010 SAUVIGNON BLANC
2012 Finalist - 2010 CHENIN BLANC
2009 Winner - 2007 SAUVIGNON BLANC
California, Oregon and Washington wineries were invited to submit their best “oyster wines”, typically dry, crisp, clean-finishing white wines. 124 wines (CA 72, OR 26, WA 26) were submitted this year. In both the Preliminary and Final Judgings, each wine is blind tasted with at least one Kumamoto oyster. Wine judges normally approach a wine by first smelling it, but here, judges are asked not to smell the wine before tasting the oyster so as not to form an impression of the wine before the oyster. Judges chew the oyster well so its various oceanic flavors go to every part of the palate, then smell and sip the wine rating the “bliss factor”. Judges look for a wine that doesn’t get in the way of the next oyster, so a crisp clean finish.
Judging scores from the three cities are combined to determine the 10 equal 2013 “Oyster Award” winners. Judges selected one Oregon, two Washington and seven California wines including a dry Riesling, a dry Chenin Blanc, two lively refreshing Pinot Gris, and five crisp Sauvignon Blancs. “We are happy to see a clean-finishing style of wine emerge that oyster lovers recognize and appreciate”, says Taylor’s Jeff Pearson.
2009 West Coast Oyster Wine Winner
After four tiers of judging, 132 wines entered in the 2009 Paciﬁc Coast Oyster Wine Competition, ﬁve Washington, three California and two Oregon wines have selected as equal winners of the 2009 “OysterAward”. Wines are judged blind with Kumamoto oysters. Judges chew the oyster well, smell and taste the wine and then rate the “bliss factor”. Final Judgings were held April 21 at the Water Grill in Los Angeles, April 22 at Sutro’s at the Cliff House in San Francisco, and April 23 at Anthony’s Home Port at Shilshole Bay in Seattle. Scores from the 41 oyster-loving judges …food and wine media, restaurateurs, retailers and oyster growers…in the three cities were combined to select the 2009 winners. Not many wines go with oysters, a vibrant combination of minerals, sweetness and the sea. That is why oyster lovers are eager to learn which wines will receive the prestigious 2009 “Oyster Award”.