It's oyster season and we want to make the most of it! Tasting oysters for me is like receiving a kiss from the sea and it gets even better when paired with the right wine.
With oysters, you want a crisp and mineral white wine and here's some of my top pairing, under $25:
Sauvignon blanc is always a safe bet, lately I had a chance to taste a new wine from New Zealand, Whitehaven, perfectly balanced and not too aromatic, like some tend to be in the Marlborough region. LCBO 308288 - $ 18.95
Wines from Alsace also work perfectly, a Pinot blanc, a Reisling, or even a bubbly Crémant, JOSEPH CATTIN PINOT BLANC 2011, VINTAGES 224642 - $ 15.95
Of course one of the best wines to be paired with oysters is Sancerre, and you can never go wrong with a Chablis, both are from chalky soils which gives the wines the perfect minerality to complement oysters. Sancerre Fouassier VINTAGES 267948 - $ 24.95 and SIMONNET-FEBVRE CHABLIS 2010 - VINTAGES 41780 - $ 19.95
And last but not least, another perfect match is bubbles! I love Hinterland from Prince Edward County, in my opinion, they make the best sparkling wine in Canada, HINTERLAND WHITECAP 2012 VINTAGES 332809 - $ 22.00
If you are not familiar with oysters, please refer to my post Oyster 101 an easy guide on how to choose, shuck and if there are any left… store the best gift from the sea.