Spring is here! As we’re soaking up the sun on the farm and the nearby beaches, we’re making sure to keep some white wine on hand to pair with our delicious oysters. Oysters and white wine are a classic pairing that has stood the test of time. The crisp acidity of the white wine balances the brininess of the oysters, creating a refreshing and elegant combination that is perfect for a springtime meal or gathering. In this guide, we will explore the different types of white wine that pair well with oysters and the key factors to consider when choosing a wine to complement these tasty bivalves.
Consider the Origin of Your Oysters
The origin of the oysters you’re serving is a crucial factor in determining which white wine to pair with them. For example, White Stone Oysters have a mild salinity, and Sweet mushroom, vegetal notes at the forefront that deliver a salty miso finish. This flavor profile is best suited to white wines that have a higher acidity and mineral content. On the other hand, a West Coast oyster will often be sweeter and creamier, and they tend to pair best with white wines that have more tropical and citrusy notes.
Look for High Acid Wines
Overall, you want to make sure to pair your oysters with wines that have high acidity. A wine with high acidity helps to cut through the briny flavor of the spring oysters, creating a more balanced and harmonious pairing. Wines that are naturally high in acidity are typically Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Albarino, and Chablis.
Choose a Light Bodied Wine
Oysters are delicate and subtle in flavor, so it’s important to choose a wine that won’t overpower them. Since our oysters are raised in top water cages, they tend to be very meaty with deep cups. This gives an impressive mouthfeel, but to best enjoy their subtle merroir, we recommend you choose a wine that won’t overpower their flavors.
Light-bodied white wines are the perfect choice for pairing with oysters, as they won’t dominate the palate or compete with the flavor of the shellfish. As a general rule, light-bodied wines will include Muscadet, Vermentino, and Picpoul de Pinet.
Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment
While there are some classic white wines that are known to pair well with oysters, don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles and varietals. Personally, we love unconventional recipes, tips, and tricks when it comes to preparing our oysters or pairing them with various beverages. Spring oysters are amazing in their flavor profiles and can really be used to suit lots of different things. Some unconventional white wines that could make for a surprising pairing with White Stone Oysters include sparkling wines, Gruner Veltliner, and Txakoli.
Keep it Cool
Just like oysters, you should make sure to keep your white wine chilled. A crisp, bright wine with delicious chilled oysters may in fact be one of the best pairings for spring and summer.
The cold temperature of the white wine also helps to highlight its acidity and freshness, while complimenting the temperature and texture of the oysters. Be sure to chill your white wine for at least an hour before serving and keep it chilled throughout the meal.
Pairing white wine with oysters is a classic and elegant choice that is perfect for any springtime meal or gathering. We highly recommend you give it a try this spring during your next bonfire, cookout, or trip to the beach!