Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

The Bliss Factor 2011

A glass of pinot grigio wine.
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We’ve all been waiting for the results and here they are!

After countless sips of wine and who knows how many oysters, the Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition has come to an end. Judges in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle picked those wines they felt best met “the bliss factor.” This year’s list is a nice mix of wines from California, Oregon and Washington and includes Pinot Grigios, Sauvignon Blancs,  Pinot Gris, and two blends: a Chenin Blanc/Viognier and Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc. This was the 17th year for the event sponsored by Taylor Shellfish Farms and hosted by the inimitable oyster guru, Jon Rowley. For further details including pictures of many of the well-known judges check out the website. http://www.oysterwine.com.


Try this at home by ordering the lovely little Kumamoto oysters directly form Taylor Farms at http://www.taylorshellfishfarms.com


*Brassfield Estate Winery 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (CA)

Cadaretta 2010 SBS (WA)

**Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc (WA)

*Hogue Cellars 2009 Pinot Grigio (WA)

**King Estate Signature Collection 2009 Pinot Gris (OR)

**Kunde Family Estate 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (CA)

Pine Ridge Vineyards 2010 Chenin Blanc + Viognier (CA)

**Robledo Family Winery 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (CA)

Three Pears 2010 Pinot Grigio (CA)

*Van Duzer Vineyards 2010 Estate Pinot Gris (OR)


*Prior “Oyster Award” winner.

**Multiple prior “Oyster Awards”

Rita Connelly
Rita Connelly

  1. I actually recognize one of the labels as something I’ve tried – Chateau Ste. Michelle. But, but the life of me, I can’t remember whether I liked it or not. Do you have any tips for this? or do you find that you keep buying the ones you like over and over and it becomes and old friend?

  2. I tend to stick with the same type of wine. At the moment I’m into albarino, a wonderful white wine from Spain. When it’s on the menu that usually the way I go. Sadly, it used to be very inexpensive but others have discovered it as well and prices are rising. I dig Pinot gringos too, although there are some odd ones out there.

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