The Best Wines to Pair With Oysters: 7 Bottles To Try Right Now
Which wine to pair with oysters?
That’s the million-dollar question.
Some are of the school of contrast and prefer a frontal assault, with a savory and well-structured wine that can withstand the marine impact of oysters.
Some prefer buttery and warm wines such as Chardonnay, which envelops and seduces the mineral flavor of oysters with fruity and sumptuous tones.
To solve the oyster and wine equation, some choose a simple well-chilled Prosecco, which ultimately never looks terrible, especially if it is an artisanal wine made with refermentation in the bottle (with the bottom).
The wines are endless, Apulian rosés, noble whites such as Vermentino, Timorasso, Gavi, Fiano di Avellino, Greco, Catarratto, and sunny wines like Pecorino, Pigato, Passerina, and Verdicchio.
In short, there are many solutions, and as always, when it comes to combinations, there are no textbook rules, do some tests and choose the one you like.
Meanwhile, we offer you our list of unmissable, unmissable wines to try with oysters, even fried or in sushi version.
Aosta Valley Chambave Muscat, La Vrille winery
Think of a sharp and savory wine, a Sicilian wine? No, we are at the antipodes: Aosta Valley in one area, splendid Verrayes. The wine in question is a crazy concentrate of citrus and herbs, framed by spicy returns with ginger and yellow flowers in the finish. One of our top picks when it comes to oysters.
Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Rose
Oysters and Champagne Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Rose, French wine A dream: very delicate and pungent nose with musk, strawberries, and hints of seaweed. Complex mouth, buttery at times, but always with an impressive structure and finesse. Very long finish, with hints of lemon, ginger, and sugared almonds. One of the best Champagnes that you can combine with oysters.
Greco di Tufo Vigna Cicogna, Ferrara Benito winery
Let’s move on to a structured and warmer white. Dynamic in terms of flavor and with an excellent rhythm, but with the proper dose of sumptuousness to transform the combination with oysters into pure magic. Honey and citrus fruits enhance and at the same time tame the lysergic taste of oysters.
Oysters and Gin & Tonic? Yes, we can! The combination is splendid: the gin & tonic is full-bodied but slender, full of aromatic and spicy notes that marry beautifully with the marine taste of oysters. Not to mention that the tonic bubbles play down and cleanse the mouth perfectly.
Riviera Ligure di Ponente Vermentino, Bianchi Maria Donata winery
All the flavors of the Ligurian sea enclosed in a bottle. But don’t expect a wine as savory as a stone, but rather a poem where Mediterranean scrub, algae, and flowers mix with spices to create a solar fresco that dazzles but intrigues the palate. Great elegance from a small winery that churns out regal Vermentino.
Champagne Brut Origin’Elle Francoise Bedel
Another Champagne, another magical bottle. The nose is a whirlwind of peach blossom, apricot, and dried fruit. Still, it is a mouth that displays character, minerality, and buttery sensations that keep the wine delightful and perfect for preparing the mouth for the next oyster.
Rosé, Cantina della Volta
Let’s finish in style with, once again, an incredible Classic Method made by Cristian Bellei. The bouquet is a succession of berries that intertwine with pomegranate and rose petals. The mouth is always snappy and vigorous, sharp, but well-modulated, with the yeasts that give great structure and elegance. Persistent, splendid finish that deserves the best of seafood.