kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Wines for Bivalves

Fresh Oysters + Crisp White Wines = Kelly's Culinary Heaven

I'm so excited to be serving as a judge for Old Ebbitt Grill's International Wines for Oysters Competition this evening, a precursor to the Ebbitt's hugely popular Oyster Riot next weekend.

During the competition this evening, wines entered from all over the world will be sampled with raw oysters judges (including myself) from the fields of politics, medicine, journalism and food. Each year a field in excess of 400 wines is narrowed through several rounds of blind tastings with the top 10 gold medal winners being announced and poured at The Riot.

To get an idea of the wines that typically perform well in the Competition, check out previous winners by clicking here. Usually crisp whites like Sauvignon Blancs, Sancerres and Muscadets are at the top--all of which are among my favorite wines...

The Oyster Riot itself is one of the greatest parties of each year in Washington. Always held the Friday & Saturday before Thanksgiving, the Riot is DC’s preeminent food and wine event. Each night, nearly 1000 people devour tens of thousands oysters while enjoying the worlds best oyster wines and ales backed by local blues band Mudcat.

If you didn't already snag your tickets to the Riot, forget about it--they typically sell out in less than an hour.