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Oysters&Chablis

”It was a brave man who first ate an oyster.”  I felt a little brave myself when the first raw oyster slipped its pearlescent shell and slid into my mouth. Having grown up in the inland mid-south, my shellfish experience was, well….fried.  This plump little mollusc was a revelation—fresh, zesty, chewy, briny, cold. But exhilarating. And I had just the right wine to complement it:  a Chablis  premier cru (Fourchaume, I think),  clean and brisk, with a marked salinity and mineral spine, an axis that supported the subtle splay of flavors I had never before experienced. 

I've tried many wines with fresh oysters; many will work--sauvignon blanc, dry chenin blanc, Gavi, Champagne, but to me the ultimate match is Chablis, specifically a premier cru, which has that extra dimention of character and flavor that complements the unique tang of fresh-shucked oysters, such as the 2018 Ventoura Fourchaume I recently enjoyed.      

Raw oysters are best in cold months, those that end in “r’—November through March and into April if it doesn’t get too warm. That’s because in warm weather oysters are somewhat watery and thin following their reproductive cycle--less notable in cooked or fried oysters.  Here some recommendations: 

  Ventoura Chablis 1ercru 'Fourchaume' 2018

  Domaine du Colombier Chablis 2019

  Gavi 2019 La Scolca -- this bright, crisp minerally white from the Italy's Piemonte also works well. 

  Henri Perrusset 2019 Mâcon-Villages -- Macon's limestone soil makes this good with oysters, though not quite the         scintillating verve of fine Chablis

  

Wine Buy(s) of the Week 

Tiefenbrunner 2020 Pinot Grigio   Alto Adige  $15**+  Consistently one of Italy's best Grigios, with bright, crisp fruit and piquant flavors; excellent with fish and shellfish, seafood pastas and a delightful aperitif.

Borgo Dolcetto d'Asti 2020     Piemonte   $14-16**+   Sometimes called "the Beaujolais of Italy" Dolcetto's dark berry-rich flavors make it versatile with a great many foods, from pizzas to roast chicken to meaty pastas. Lively and appealing.

Thunevin-Calvet "Cuvée Constance" 2018    Côtes de Rousillon   $13-15**   This lively Rhône blend is a charming red for lighter grilled meats (chicken, pork chops, burgers). 
Dry Creek Zinfandel Heritage Vines, Sonoma, $18-21.**+  a bit of petite sirah enriches the color of this robust wine and its spicy berry flavors. Great grilling wine, excellent for pepperoni and other meat pizzas.

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