Monthly Archives: August 2010

What Wine Goes With This?

I love oysters – and yes, even when they’re out of season, I’m tempted by the cool platter filled with ice and the briny smell of the sea. I enjoyed these tomales bay babies at the Hog Island Oyster Company in the Ferry Building in San Francisco in July. It’s a month without a R in it – which is really the rule to follow to find out when oysters are at their best – cooler waters make firmer flesh – but these beauties are locally farmed and were delicious.

What Wine Would You Drink With This?

I drank CA made Domaine Carneros Brut Rose from Napa and would recommend domestic sparkling for value – others included Roederer, Schramsburg, J, Gloria Ferrer and Sterling. Go for the bargain prices with Prosecco from Italy (go for dry and crisp in your request to  your retailer vs sweet), Cava from Spain, Cremant for a ‘kid next door’ to Champagne in France (we buy cremant for our recession budget sparkling as gifts) or the real deal in Champagne. The values are better now then they have been in a while – and at COSTCO you can still find Dom Perignon for $119 a bottle. Others that we love (a bit harder to find) Henriot, Terlant, Louis Roederer, Bollinger. WHERE TO BUY check out http://winesearcher.com for a retailer near you and a price comparison engine too.