Oyster and Blue Cheese Pie …Amazing Paired with a Maconnais Chardonnay

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.

Macon-Village

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

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Scalloped Oysters … with a South African Rose

Pairing:  Sunny Acres Scalloped Oysters Paired with 2014 Big Flower Rosé

Food: A couple of interesting things about this meal. First, this recipe for Scalloped Oysters dates back to the early 1900’s. It is from Haydn Pearson’s 1953 Country Flavor Cookbook. In the book, Pearson fondly remembers his boyhood and this delicious oyster dish his mother made with butter, cream, and cracker crumbs. The link to the recipe is here.

Secondly, the raw oysters used for this dish (Merry Oysters from Duxbury, MA and Wiley Point Oysters from Damariscotta, ME) were bought fresh at Sanders Fish Market in January, and put into our freezer, unopened, still raw in their shells. Three months later, we removed them from the freezer, partially thawed them, shucked them and used the fresh oyster meat and liquid to make the recipe. Talk about an easy preservation method! We’ve also eaten them raw this way … taste just like fresh raw oysters!

Scallopped Oysters

Wine:  Big Flower is a tiny winery (only 13 acres) located in the breathtakingly gorgeous Stellenbosch region of South Africa. They make a lovely rosé from a very unusual combination of grapes … 2/3 Petit Verdot and 1/3 Chenin Blanc. Petit Verdot is an ancient variety believed to have been planted by the early Romans in the area of Bordeaux. For many years, it was a principal component of red Bordeaux wine … until the vineyards were almost wiped out by the phylloxera blight in the late 1800’s. Today, it is but a minor element in Bordeaux wine, almost exclusively in the Medoc region of Bordeaux. Of late, winemakers in different parts of the world (e.g., California) are experimenting with Petit Verdot as a single varietal wine instead of just a blending wine. Chenin Blanc is a widely grown grape in South Africa, indeed it is one of the signature wines of that country. The innovative combination of these two grapes in the Big Flower rosé is dynamite!

Big Flower Rose

Tasting Notes:  A beautiful salmon-colored rosé wine. A hint of strawberry on the nose, and a delicate flavor of strawberry and blueberry combined with some bright, pleasant acidity make for a delightful dry wine. Really goes well with the buttery taste of the scalloped oysters.

Other Wines That Pair Well with Scalloped Oysters:  Chardonnay (California), Champagne, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (white), Chablis (France)

Other Foods That Pair Well with Rosé:  Crab Salad, Grilled Shrimp, Tuna Salad, Green Salad, Pâté

Read About:  http://www.bigflowerwines.com

A Source:  www.klwines.com