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2013 Old Ebbitt Grill International Wines for Oysters Competition Results

On November 4, 2013, a panel of judges convened in the Cabinet Room at the Old Ebbitt Grill for the final round of the Old Ebbitt Grill International Wines for Oysters Competition. Their task was to select gold medal winners from among twenty finalists. The remaining wines earned silver medals, and the bronze medal winners were chosen during the semi-final round a week earlier. An impressive 321 wines from all over the world were entered in this year’s Competition. Within the United States, 123 wines were submitted from six states. Wineries from thirteen other countries entered a total of 198 wines—Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Lebanon, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, and Spain. The ten gold medalists will be served with over twenty types of oysters at the 19th Annual Old Ebbitt Grill Oyster Riot to be held on November 22 & 23, 2013; last year, over 73,000 oysters were consumed by almost 2,700 guests.

Our Distinguished Panel of Judges
Jeff DuFour, Michael Franz, Jeff Hancock, Tony Kornheiser,
Paul Lukacs, Tommy McFly, Andy Myers, Antonin Scalia, Brandon Skall,
Sally Swift, Marguerite Thomas, Thomas Yannucci, Jay Youmans, Hank Zona


Grand Champion
Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Marlborough, New Zealand

First Runner Up
Cairnbrae Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Marlborough, New Zealand

Second Runner Up
Wild South Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Marlborough, New Zealand

Best Sparkler
Mumm Napa Brut Prestige N.V.
Napa Valley, California

Best Pacific N.W.
Domaine Ste Michelle Brut N.V.
Columbia Valley, Washington

Best South American
Nimbus Single Vineyard Sauvignon 2013
Casablanca Valley, Chile

Best European
Steinagrand Gruner Veltliner Reserve 2012
Qualitatswein Wagram, Austria

Best South African
Stonehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Western Cape, South Africa

Gold Medal
Boulder Bank Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Marlborough, New Zealand

Gold Medal
Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Marlborough, New Zealand

Sauvignon Blanc, Lagoon Hill, Marlborough, NZ, 2012
Sauvignon Blanc, Wither Hills Marlborough, NZ, 2012
Sauvignon Blanc, Hay Maker, Marlborough, NZ, 2012
Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Rita 120, Central Valley, Chile, 2013
Prosecco, Zonin, Friuli, Italy, N.V.
Sauvignon Blanc, Albaclara, Maipo Valley, Chile, 2013
Sauvignon Blanc, Babich Black Label, Marlborough, NZ, 2012
Sauvignon Blanc, Tablelands, Marlborough, NZ, 2012
Soave DOC, Cantini di Gambellara I Basalti, Veneto, Italy, 2012
Pinot Grigio, Turning Leaf, California, N.V.

Chenin Blanc, Dry Creek Vineyard, Clarksburg, CA 2012
Fume Blanc, Ferrari-Carano, Sonoma, CA, 2012
Sauvignon Blanc, Bird, Marlborough, NZ, 2012
Sauvignon Blanc, Fire Road, Marlborough, NZ, 2013
Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon, Man O’ War Vineyards Gravestone, Auckland, New Zealand, 2012
Sauvignon Blanc, Montes Classic, Casablanca Valley, Chile, 2012
Sauvignon Blanc, Starborough, Marlborough, NZ, 2012
Sauvignon Blanc, Ten Sisters Single-Vineyard, Marlborough, NZ, 2012
Sauvignon Blanc, Warwick Estate Professor Black, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2012
Sauvignon Blanc, WhiteHaven, Marlborough, NZ, 2012

Countries and Number of Entries
Argentina, 9
Australia, 7
Austria, 2
Chile, 20
France, 20
Germany, 2
Japan, 1
Italy, 22
Lebanon, 1
New Zealand, 82
Portugal, 2
South Africa, 12
Spain, 18
United States, 123

United States, 118 Entries
California, 90
Idaho, 1
Michigan, 1
Oregon, 4
Virginia, 8
Washington, 19


Crassostrea virginica
Battle Creek, Tom’s Cove, VA
Blackberry Point, Foxley River, PEI
Canada Cup, Malpeque Bay, PEI
Cotuit, Cotuit Bay, MA
Little Island, Bagaduce River, ME
Mayflower Point, Cape Cod Bay, MA
Mystic, Long Island Sound, CT
Pleasant Bay, Little Pleasant Bay, MA
Quonset Point, Narragansett Bay, RI
Rocky Reef, Huntington Bay, NY
St. Simon, La St. Simon Bay, NB, Canada
South Parish, Nauset Harbor, MA
Standish Shore, Duxbury Harbor, MA
Thatch Island, Barnstable Harbor, MA
Wallace Bay, Tatamagouche, NS, Canada
Washburn Island, Waquoit Bay, MA
Watch Hill, Winnapaug Pond, RI
Wianno, Barnstable Harbor, MA

Crassostrea gigas
Fish Point, Samish Bay, WA
Glacier Bay, Halibut Cove, AK
Kusshi, Stellar Bay, BC
Sunset Beach, Hood Canal, WA

Ostrea edulis
Harpswell Flat, New Meadows River, ME

Crassostrea sikamea
Kumamoto, Humboldt Bay, CA


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