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.
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.
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.