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.


4 responses to “What Wine Goes With This?

  1. I also highly recommend Graham Beck Brut or Brut Rose- incredible South African bubbly for under $20.

  2. Great suggestion – as sparkling is a great partner with oysters.

    I make an acid-driven Grenache Blanc that also tends to go well with oysters – at least a few who have purchased it have reported this back to me (-:


  3. Larry – thanks for the great combo idea – I love Granache Blanc – would love to taste yours – you supply the wine? I’ll supply the oysters….making me hungry just thinking about it!

  4. Great suggestions but I recently had some fresh oysters in the shell and they were matched up with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. None other than the Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009. Fresh, clean and delicious. Now any Sauvignon with a name like that has to be perfect with oysters.

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