Pairing: Oyster and Blue Cheese Pie Paired with 2017 Vignerons des Terres Secretes Bourgogne Chardonnay “Les Preludes”
Food: It is not hyperbole to say that oysters are among our very favorite shellfish. We spend part of every year on Prince Edward Island, home to arguably the very best oysters in the world. Colville Bay, South Lake, Raspberry Point … all iconic names of these PEI treasures. Truth be told, however, we most enjoy eating oysters raw and unadorned. On occasion, we come across a delectable dish in which the oysters are cooked. We recently fell in love with a recipe (from the New York Times Cooking website) enticingly called Oyster and Blue Cheese Pie. It calls for the assembly of oysters, blue cheese, fennel bulb, fennel fronds, leeks, and apple. An utterly divine combination of flavors. And served with broccoli and brussel sprouts … too good! Mail ordered Island Creek oysters directly from the source in Duxbury, Massachusetts. When we can’t get PEI oysters, Island Creeks are the next best thing. Delicious!
Wine: The Maconnais is the wine region located in the southern end of the renowned Burgundy region of eastern France. This white burgundy is made by a winemaking cooperative from Chardonnay grapes selected from a number of vineyards that are interspersed among other crops in this diverse agricultural land. Many wine lovers believe the best value in white burgundies is found in this part of Burgundy. Indeed the white burgundies from the Côte d’Or just to the north of Maconnais are some of the most expensive white wines in the world, some costing hundreds of dollar. Whereas, the particular Chardonnay here in this pairing is … $12. The low cost and excellent flavor make this wine the perfect “gateway” white burgundy.
Tasting Notes: A lovely pale gold color. An extraordinary aroma of apples stored in a root cellar combined with the grassy scent of freshly cut hay. Divine! The flavor is of a slightly tart, red heirloom apple with a little pear and melon and a bit of lemon zest on the finish. As you sip this delightful wine, one can easily conjure up the tastes and scents of an orchard at harvest time. The pairing of this exquisite wine and the complex flavors of this oyster pie couldn’t be better.
Other Wines That Pair Well with Oysters and Blue Cheese: White Bordeaux (France), Sancerre (Loire Valley), Soave Classico (Italy), Sparkling Wine (California)
Other Food That Pairs Well with Maconnais Chardonnay: Goat Cheese, Calamari, Charcuterie, White Fish (Poached or Sautéed)
Maps and Views of the Beautiful Maconnais: Maconnais Wine Region
A Source: www. klwines.com