It’s easier than you think to choose a beverage that will pair perfectly with the briny richness of most any oyster. There are numerous types of oysters with varying flavors and finishes, so you have a wide-ranging selection of choices to pair with those tasty little mollusks.
The most classic pairing with oysters is—of course—Champagne. The crisp fizziness of Champagne marries nicely with the flavor of most oysters—it cuts through the richness and enhances the subtler flavors. This pairing is particularly agreeable when the oysters and Champagne are both served well chilled.
Other delicious complements include dry white wines. I recommend trying oysters with a glass of Louis Jadot Pouilly Fuissé, Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris. The lemony tartness and lightness of these wines will make your oysters even more delectable.
Another exciting option is to try an Albariño from Spain. Albariño is genetically the uncle of Sauvignon Blanc, but it’s more floral and has a racier acidity that will really match up nicely with the brininess of oysters.
There are many wines to choose from out there, but as long as you choose something light with a tart edge, it should pair well with oysters.
Wine isn’t the only option you have when searching for the right accompaniment for oysters. Don’t forget about beer and craft cocktails. The smoothness of a good Irish-style stout like Guinness can really complement the flavor of oysters.
You can also enhance your oysters’ flavor with spirits. Sipping on good quality vodka or a refreshing cocktail like our Cucumber Gimlet can intensify the flavor oysters and serve as a palate cleanser between bites.
For those of you who really love oysters, August 5 is National Oyster Day, so this is your excuse to experiment and discover the perfect oyster pairing for you!