Since we are heading into prime shellfish season, I want to share one of my favorite pairings with oysters, Muscadet. In my opinion, Muscadet is highly underrated. Hailing from the Loire Valley, this wine is generally lively and refreshing with citrus and mineral notes. It also is usually under $20 a bottle. When paired with oysters, the flavors in both the oysters and the wine are elevated.
One bottle of Muscadet I regularly sip is Eric Chevalier’s 2011 Muscadet Cotes De Grand Lieu Sur Lie. Its racing acidity and fresh minerality are coupled with tastes of sweet melon and citrus. This pairing is so good that I am actually going to enjoy it tonight. I hope you will make time to try it too!
Want a beautiful, summer wine at a really attractive price (definitely a rhetorical question)? That is exactly what I found when I picked up a bottle of Eric Chevalier’s 2011 Muscadet Cotes De Grand Lieu Sur Lie. Imported by Kermit Lynch, this wine is naturally fermented and unfiltered. For a price of around $14, this wine shouldn’t be missed!
This lovely wine pours a pale gold in the glass. The nose has gentle aromas of lemon peel and green apple. Racing acidity and fresh minerality envelope your palate along with tastes of sweet melon and citrus. A delicious wine worthy of being enjoyed now! (11.5% alcohol)
My Wine Rating – A-
Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with summer salads, oysters, or soft shell crab.
Seafood…it is really what I live for (besides wine!). My husband and I have been known to drive hours just to get some fresh oysters from the northern coast of California or trek through LA traffic just to find the best sushi. I always get excited to find a nice wine to pair with seafood, especially when it costs less than $20 a bottle. My most recent find is a simple yet delicious Muscadet from the Loire Valley of France.
Les Clissages d’Or Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie 2009 has aromas of white flowers and melon and the palate has fresh flavors of peach, gooseberry and pear. There are also nice notes of minerality. Crisp, refreshing, and delightful with most seafood! (12% alcohol, $13)
Food Pairing Suggestions – Oysters, linguine with white clam sauce, or a seafood salad.