You have three seconds to pick a wine to drink with oysters, or else. GO! In this most unlikely of scenarios—as it turns out, the oyster ultimatum is a fairly rare occurrence—I’d surmise that a vast majority of respondents would blurt out, for survival’s sake, “CHABLIS!” or “CHAMPAGNE!” or perhaps the connoisseur, in a desperately rapid string of braggadocian speech, would cry out, “VERDICCHIO DEI CASTELLI DI JESI CLASSICO SUPERIORE!” Indeed, I would expect for almost all surveyed to opt for a crisp, high-acid white or rosé to pair with the ocean’s most celebrated rock impersonator. Even beyond the tried-and-true classics like Muscadet, Sancerre, and Blanc de Blancs, a whole other world of precise, mineral-driven wines will get the job done: Patrimonio, Cassis, dry Riesling, Bandol rosé, Vitovska, and the list goes on. Richard Olney, on the other hand, preferred a more unusual pairing: a golden pour of aged Yquem to create the sweet-and-salty contrast dreams are made of. And finally, there is that tiny contingent of the population in favor of a light, low-tannin red with their oysters—perhaps a young Bourgueil or Beaujolais; and before you scoff at such people, recall that they walk among us, and may even have a point to prove. Fortunately, before we come to blows in an impassioned, oyster-fueled frenzy, we have the chance to reach our own conclusions. In anticipation of our annual Oyster Bliss celebration, we have put together this collection of oyster-friendly wines certain to take your shucked bivalves to the next level. Let us now raise a glass, knowing that the only oyster ultimatum we’ll ever face involves choosing either one or two dozen of the delicious creatures.
Whatever your grilling setup, there’s bound to be something in this collection of wines for you. There are sparklers, whites, and rosés if grilled seafood or veggies are on the menu. Lighter reds from Beaujolais or Chinon are great with burgers and dogs. If steaks, chops, or something you hauled out of the backcountry are what’s for dinner, hearty reds from Fitou or Piedmont will serve you well.
Here at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant we don’t believe in selling anything mediocre, and we would certainly not put our name on a wine we didn’t believe in. So our values are just that, wines that are full of value and quality.
There are hundreds of wines in our portfolio, but not nearly enough space in our monthly newsletters to feature them all. Here you’ll find recent arrivals and new additions to our site, from half-bottles to Jeroboams, across France and Italy.
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