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Narsai David: 20th Annual Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— It took a whole month for a bunch of judges to find the best oyster wines. Sponsored by the Taylor Shellfish Farms of Shelton, Washington and organized by Jon Rowley of Jon Rowley & Associates of Seattle, the 20th Annual Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition sported a variety of wines from the West Coast.

This year some 120 were entered, before the competition is then narrowed down to 3o. Then it goes down to 20 finalists, which are judged by a panel consisting of judges from Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

It’s a lot of fun because they insist the only way you can do this is first by putting an oyster in your mouth, chew it and then take a sip of wine. You don’t want to smell the wine first because that could easily prejudice your decision if it smells like a wine you like.

20th Annual Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition

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The question is: Which wine goes best with oysters? Well, we finally have the winning results and they’re in no particular order (five are from California).

  • Acrobat 2012 Pinot Gris (OR)
  • Chatequ Ste Michelle 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (WA)
  • Foris 2012 Pinot Blanc (OR)
  • Geyser Peak 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (CA)
  • Kenwood 2012 Pinot Gris (CA)
  • Kenwood 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (CA)
  • Lost River 2013 Pinot Gris (WA)
  • Revolution Wines 2013 Chenin Blanc (CA)
  • Sebastiani 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (CA)
  • Van Duzer 2013 Pinot Gris (OR)

These are crisp, clean delicate wines that are just perfect with oysters.

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