Chardonnay & Oysters

A Classic and Delectable Pairing

Oysters, along with most shellfish, are incredibly versatile with their adaptability and ability to be consumed at nearly anytime of the year. While oysters are fantastic to enjoy on a hot summer day with an ice-cold glass of Champagne or Sauvignon Blanc, they are also equally as satisfying with a glass of our rich 2016 Chardonnay. So, before we share our favorite pairing, let’s dive into the history of oysters, their many different species, and the ways to prepare and enjoy them.

Raw Oysters

A Very Brief History of Oysters

Neolithic Period (10,000 BC)

The earliest source of food, and is believed that the shells were used as cutlery. 

15th Century 

In this period of exploration, the oyster provided long voyage sailors with essential nutrients and protein. Oysters during this time were often cooked in their own juices and seasoned simply. 


Oysters are enjoyed around the world and are appreciated for their briny and sweet characteristics. While some are still harvested directly from the sea, they are now farmed for a more sustainable future. 

Different Oyster Species

Here’s a quick guide to the different species of oysters you can find today.

A guide to different oyster species by Tayson Pierce - Kumamoto Oysters, Pacific Oysters, European Flats, Atlantic Oysters and Olympia Oysters.
Pair Tayson Pierce Chardonnay with Oyster Stew

Our Favorite Oyster Pairing

While the classic oyster pairing is with a crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Champagne, Chardonnay also pairs impeccably well with the more savory oyster dishes. 

There are typically four different ways to prepare oysters – raw, baked, fried, and grilled – but with our 2016 Chardonnay, our favorite way to enjoy is Oyster Stew! The heartiness and richness of the stew pairs impeccably with the full-bodied, rich creaminess of our Chardonnay. Great for any season and even better to share with others.