Everyone has heard wine and oysters are a classic pairing. But why?
Like wine, oysters owe much of their flavor to the “terroir” they grow in. This means they taste like the environment they come from.
Again, like wine, oysters come from specific appellations. For wine, appellations are legally-defined, geographical areas where certain types of grapes are permitted to grow. In North America, there are at least 200 unique oyster appellations.
Unlike too many Old World wines where the names are hard-to-pronounce or flat out unclear, the names of oysters are fun!
Oysters seem to be named after nautical-sounding place-names that conjure up images of a fisherman rowing out into a foggy sea in a New England-looking boat. Take Otter Cove, Quonset Point, Hog Island Sweetwater and Drakes Bay for example.
Others simply have names that sound like a hipster craft beer such as Cuttyhunk, Whale Rock, Naked Cowboy, and Sweet Petite.
Check out www.oysterguide.com for more information.
Brooklyn Oyster Party (www.brooklynoysterparty.com) will be serving the following oysters at City Winery NYC’s “Sip. Slurp. And Save” on Friday, March 22, 2013, in honor of World Water Day.
Saint Simon oysters from New Brunswick are briny and delicate with a smooth sweet finish.
- Wine Pairing: Stark Wine Grenache Blanc has delicate flavors of citrus, melon and smoky meat that will complement these oysters.
Cedar Island and Matunuck oysters from Rhode Island have a higher brine levels.
- Wine Pairing: Stark Wine Viognier has bright acid that will take on these higher brine levels of these oysters like a champ.
Wellfleet oysters from Maine are plump with a medium brine.
- Wine Pairing: Stark Thirst, 100% Alexander Valley Chardonnay has a freshness and minerality to it that will complement the tastes of Maine seaside.
Fin de la Baie oysters from New Brunswick have a velvety texture and complex flavors.
- Wine Paring: Stark Wine Grenache Rose is complex in flavor and light in body – a perfect match to the complex and velvety texture of these Canadian oysters.
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