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When it comes to eating raw oysters besides white wines what do you pair with it?
I like soju, sake and slightly fruity pinot noir.
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#2 Post by Michael S. Monie »

To meet your criteria, Blanc de Noirs Champagne.
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Is Manzanilla white wine? (Probably, but I’m reaching here).
Curious as to reason for the question.

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If I could not have a white, I would either go with rose bubbles or a rose.

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Simple. You don’t
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#7 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum »

Not red wine, anyway. But sake can work beautifully.
Sort of ITB - my husband imports a small amount of sake and I help out

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Is there a happy place between wine and vinegar? In other words, a natty wine with acetic acid bacteria.

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#9 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m »

dry sherry --- Fino. If that counts.
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#10 Post by Aleks V »

- Belgian beer works great, especially something like a Hoegaarden or a Karmeliet. Mid-weight Belgians like DT work well too, I really like the fizziness with the oysters

- Beaujolais is a good option, especially the stuff on the juicier side. I’d defer to someone with more expertise for a specific wine that has more salinity

- Other light juicy options like a Terre Nere or even a Sabelli Fritsch mission would likely work decently. They tend to have a bit of salinity which would pair well.

- Savory Rose obviously works well here. I had a Clos Cibonne that would pair beautifully as it has that crushed oyster shell and salinity note to it.

- Very light and juicy Pinot Noir with lots of acid works well. I’d think - emphasis on think - you’d want to go younger vs older in terms of age. I don’t know Burgundy enough to make a recommendation but I had a great 2018 Ceritas that while young would have worked well.
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RichardFlack wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 8:35 am Is Manzanilla white wine? (Probably, but I’m reaching here).
Curious as to reason for the question.
Just curious what others enjoy so I can try out different options.
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Since i have abundant oysters infront of my house on Puget Sound, Ive tried just about every combo in my cellar. The classics,of course-Champers, Muscadet and Chablis- are outstanding but Sauternes have won this event on several occasions, surprisingly. The sugar and acidity balance the salt and cleanse the palate. Cant say I remember triying a high pradikat Riesling but have drunk many dry ones and this is outstanding. Rose is great but any heavy red does not work for me. That said, have had many shucking events on the bank where people drank just about anything.

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david paly wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 8:56 pm Since i have abundant oysters infront of my house on Puget Sound,
Now that's the life! So every time you want oyster, do you have to hack them off an oyster reef at low tide, or are these grown, or what?
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david paly wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 8:56 pm Since i have abundant oysters infront of my house on Puget Sound, Ive tried just about every combo in my cellar. The classics,of course-Champers, Muscadet and Chablis- are outstanding but Sauternes have won this event on several occasions, surprisingly. The sugar and acidity balance the salt and cleanse the palate. Cant say I remember triying a high pradikat Riesling but have drunk many dry ones and this is outstanding. Rose is great but any heavy red does not work for me. That said, have had many shucking events on the bank where people drank just about anything.
<thread drift>That's awesome. I go shellfishing with my mom in CT sometimes. There are definitely houses close enough to the spot we go where people could just walk out and do the same as you. I might just bring a bottle and open them up on the road the next time I go.

I'm curious if you see little crabs inside the oysters. I've never seen one outside of the oysters I get with mom. It's usually about a 50% hit rate with those. I was freaked out at first then learned that they're considered a delicacy so now I eat them.
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robert creth wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 9:40 amBeer
Sometimes I feel like this is a cop out to the "what should I drink with x" question, but if I wasn't drinking muscadet, chablis, or champagne with oysters I would definitely go with beer. If it's particularly hot out I might go that route as a first choice.

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Guinness or Murphy's Stout. I just did this last Friday and it was fantastic. Just googled it and there was a funny article title... "Oysters and Guinness: Ireland's strawberries and champagne"

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#18 Post by Chris Seiber »

Does the answer depend on what you put on the raw oysters? It seems like it would, though I'm not really sure what goes with what.

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#19 Post by Anton D »

I had never considered Sauternes, thank you!
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#20 Post by robert creth »

Michae1 P0wers wrote: May 3rd, 2021, 8:36 am
robert creth wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 9:40 amBeer
Sometimes I feel like this is a cop out to the "what should I drink with x" question, but if I wasn't drinking muscadet, chablis, or champagne with oysters I would definitely go with beer. If it's particularly hot out I might go that route as a first choice.
Wasn’t trying to be clever. Sometimes beer is the choice. I prefer having strong carbonation or bubbles with raw seafood too keep my palate refreshed. Only time I drink American lagers.

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#21 Post by S t e p h e nK »

How about a skin contact Pinot Gris or Ramato. Haven’t tried this but will this summer.
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Anton D wrote: May 3rd, 2021, 10:01 am I had never considered Sauternes, thank you!
I tried with few sauternes and it was good.
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#24 Post by John Kight »

Jim Stewart wrote: May 3rd, 2021, 10:18 am Lambrusco di Sorbara !?
A pink one would meet the criteria, and the last 3 of these I've had were Rose Lambruscos and were very delicious (2 were different bottlings from the same producer, Paltrinieri). I personally think a red Lambrusco would be just as horrible as most any other red wine paired with oysters, although I guess the bubbles would give it an edge over something like Beaujolais....

The problem with the OP's question is that it's tough to answer. White wine and oysters (especially Chablis, Muscadet, Champagne, and Sancerre) is widely accepted to be a perfect match. So the question is sort of like "If you couldn't have pepperoni or mushrooms on your pizza, which brand of peanut butter would you have instead?"

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#25 Post by Robert S Luke »

Another vote for sake. In Japan, I've had oysters grilled over charcoal with the sake poured into the shell before slurping down the oyster. Fabulous.

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#26 Post by Anton D »

Robert S Luke wrote: May 3rd, 2021, 3:10 pm Another vote for sake. In Japan, I've had oysters grilled over charcoal with the sake poured into the shell before slurping down the oyster. Fabulous.
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#27 Post by Gary Schulte »

YLee wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 8:26 am When it comes to eating raw oysters besides white wines what do you pair with it?
I like soju, sake and slightly fruity pinot noir.
I'd pick a nice dry sake.

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Anton D wrote: May 3rd, 2021, 10:01 am I had never considered Sauternes, thank you!
Indeed. On the project list for this summer.
Massive thread drift alert... This reminds me of when I was a kid hitch hiking in France (skipping a lot of detail, for brevity) was lucky to get a short private tour of the cellar at Yquem, and a few barrel samples. The lady taking me round asked what I’d drink Yquem with; after I gave the stock answers, she proposed lamb. She had no English so we were speaking in French. To this day I’m not sure if this was her little joke at a scruffy English tourist or not. It’s never quite made it to the top of my list. I have had so few bottles of Yquem I’ve been reluctant to try an experiment. I don’t suppose anyone has heard of this or done it? I just can’t see it myself.

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#29 Post by K N Haque »

Anton D wrote: May 3rd, 2021, 10:01 am I had never considered Sauternes, thank you!
This seems to be an historic pairing. I come across references to how 19th century French (and others) drank Sauternes with oysters now and then, but they are never primary sources, so I do not know if this is true or an urban legend. Maybe someone here knows more.
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