The Top Five Wines for Raw Oysters
The brine and sweet fragrant flesh of a shucked oyster is an essential tribute to the summer. The wines served alongside should reflect a bit of sunshine and refreshment, too. Here is our guide to five wines, all for under $15, that are a wonderful match.
Lustau Manzanilla Reserva (Jerez, Spain)
This bone-dry sherry is a perfect match for oysters. Its olive-brine and fresh citrus flavors are a perfect accompaniment. A great way to be introduced to the pleasures of this Manzanilla sherry.
Gramona Gessami 2005 Vino Blanco (Catalunya, Spain)
Floral on nose (not surprisingly, the Spanish â€œGessamiâ€ translates to Jasmine), with lemon-grass and ginger on a round frame balanced with a jolt of acidity.
Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco (Valdobbiadene, Italy)
A longtime favorite at the Wine School, and such a wonderful bottle of sparkling wine. The creamy bubbles fold over the oysters. This is a special order in the good state of Pennsylvania. In a pinch a bottle of Zardetto Prosecco will do the trick, too.
Vionta 2005 Albarino (Rias Baixas, Spain)
Fragrant with lime and honey, this Albarino boasts a palate of fresh pear and melon. Like the Gessami, the body of this white wine is both rich and vibrant.
D’arenberg 2005 The Hermit Crab (McLaren Vale, Australia)
A wonderful surprise, this Viognier/Marsanne blend retains enough freshness to work with oysters, and adds the classic ginger/waxiness of this blend to the mix. Lovely.
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