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The San Francisco Chronicle recommends: Domestic Muscat

Lately, there has been a good deal of ink devoted to a sweeter, straightforward, easy-to-drink varietal that is a good aperitif and pairs with lighter fare.

That varietal, known as Muscat Blanc, Muscat Canelli and Moscato d'Asti, is characterized by a fresh, floral nose and juicy pear, citrus and tropical fruit flavors.

According to Nielsen data, retail sales of Moscato doubled in 2010 from the previous year, then increased nearly as much again in 2011. A 2011 survey of California nurseries showed that Moscato accounted for about 20 percent of white wine grapevine sales in California...

...2011 Foris Vineyards Early Muscat Oregon Moscato ($14; 7.5%): Foris planted Early Muscat in 1976, and made it in a number of styles. Recently, classic Moscato d'Asi has been the model. Fresh, floral aromas support the lightly sparkling or frizzante bubbles and refreshing, straightforward ripe Bartlett pear and tropical fruit flavors."

Foris Vineyards 2010 Pinot Blanc Wins 
Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition!

After three tiers of judging wines, Foris Vineyards 2010 Pinot Blanc has been selected as one of 10 West Coast wines awarded the coveted, “Oyster Award,” as a best mate for oysters.

Sponsored by Taylor Shellfish Farms of Shelton, WA, wineries were invited to submit their best “oyster wine”, typically dry, crisp, clean-finishing white wines. 101 entries were judged blind with Kumamoto oysters. Judges chew the oyster well, smell and taste the wine and then look for a clean, crisp finish that doesn't get in the way of the next oyster, referred to as the "bliss factor".

Foris owner, Ted Gerber, announced, “We are ecstatic to receive this unique award. Few wines go with oysters, but we were confident that the style of our Pinot Blanc makes it an ideal accompaniment. The Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition is a great way to get the word out to oyster and wine lovers alike!”

Final judgings were held April 24 at the Water Grill in Los Angeles, April 25 at Kuleto's in San Francisco and April 26 at Anthony's HomePort in Seattle. Scores from the 25 judges...top food and wine experts ...in the three cities were combined to select the top ten 2012 winners.

 "Not many wines work with oysters," says Lane Hoss, Vice President of Marketing for Anthony's Restaurants. "That is why we are thankful to have this competition. Oysters are popular. We wait for the results every year.”

Gerber noted, “Pinot Blanc is a variety that realizes its full potential when grown in cool climates and on thin soils.  We have found the perfect match at our estate vineyards here in the Illinois Valley of Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley Appellation.” The Foris 2010 Pinot Blanc has a nice juicy feel with flavors in the realm of Bartlett pear and Golden Delicious apples over an underlying thread of mineral on a clean, lively, dry finish. Foris wines are nationally distributed in 38 states and Japan.

The Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition is sponsored by Taylor Shellfish Farms and organized by founder Jon Rowley, Jon Rowley & Associates in Seattle."The search for the best wines to go with oysters adds to the excitement and culture of oysters," says Taylor's Bill Taylor. "The acclaim by the wine and restaurant industries as well as the media makes it fun for everyone."