Some of you loyal readers may remember my post regarding the annual Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition (PCOWC) that was held last April in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle www.oysterwine.com

Well, one of the judges – Jon Bonne, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Wine Editor – brought up the point that French wines, specifially Muscadets and Chablis, were much better suited pairings for those briney creatures of the deep.

Jon Rowley, the mastermind behind the PCOWC took that as a challenge and within no time at all arranged for what was to be known as The Great Oyster Smackdown 2007.

Bonne picked a list of French favorites; Rowley brought the 2007 winners to The Chronicle’s wine cellar (imagine a newspaper with its very own wine cellar) and the slurping and sipping began.

Seven judges reached a decision with the winning wine being a Chablis, the 2005 Domaine vocoret Premier Cru Montmains. The American wines shone through with 2005 King Estate Oregon Pinot Gris coming in third. There were other American winners as well.

Check out the full list at www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article


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