T. G. I. F. In anticipation of the weekend, we asked Dori Murvin, manager and sommelier at Beausoleil in Baton Rouge, to round up her favorite drinks to pair with oysters. This list has us counting down until Happy Hour!
Careglio Arneis, Roero Piedmont, Italy, 2010
An excellent crisp white wine of the Arneis varietal. This wine has beautiful floral notes in the aroma and on the palate, with fresh peach and apricot hints to round out the acidity. Arneis is the perfect Italian white for raw oysters because it brings out the sea flavors so you can almost taste the Gulf breeze.
A crowd favorite on the Beausoleil Specialty Cocktail Menu. This cocktail is made with Hendrick’s gin, St. Germain (an Elderflower liqueur), fresh squeezed lemon juice, Louis Perdrier Brut Sparkling, France, NV, and garnished with a lemon twist. The crisp lemon, gin, and sparkling wine flavors combine to make a perfect pairing with charbroiled oysters as smoky flavors and bubbles always work well with the texture of oysters.
Stella Artois, Belgium
Of course, a very popular beer that I prefer with raw oysters….but that is my personal taste. It would be best paired with charbroiled oysters with heavy cream or butter sauces and excellent with baked oysters (ex. Oysters Bienville) as the hop flavors and crisp texture are perfect for spiced heavy creams.
Tin Roof Turnrow Ale, Baton Rouge
The latest…and I have to say my favorite…release from Tin Roof is brewed with a touch of coriander which gives it a little, but not too heavy, depth. This ale will be perfect with raw oysters because of the light to medium body style, and also great with charbroiled due to that hint of coriander, which complements the butter and garlic flavors.
Saint-Hilaire, Blanquette de Limoux, France 2012
A fabulous French sparkling comprised of Mauzac, Chardonnay, and Chenin Blanc varietals. It is actually the first French sparkling, and was produced on accident by Benedictine monks beginning in 1531. Notes of pear, peach, and green apple with creamy layers and a vibrant crispness will complement oysters, raw or grilled.