Little things in life go so perfectly together as a glass of bubbly and fresh oysters. As the days become warmer in Napa Valley, this classic pairing has been on my mind. This hankering inspired an impromptu trip to the Sonoma Coast – making a quick stop at Hog Island Oyster Company on the way.
For all North Bay locals, I’m sure you’re familiar with Hog Island as they have three locations in the area – Marshall, Napa and San Francisco. We went directly to the source, stopping at their oyster farm in Marshall on Tomales Bay. The farm is a great spot for picnickers and day trippers looking for a water view, but we opted for a dozen Sweetwaters to go.
With oysters and a bottle of Luna “Bubbles” on ice, we drove up the coast, reaching Bodega Bay. Once we found our place in the sand, the gloves and shucking knife came out to begin feasting. There’s something romantic about shucking farm-fresh oysters on the beach. A little squeeze of lemon and a glass of fizz and paradise had been met.
The delicate froth and notes of poached pear from the Luna “Bubbles” were a perfect complement to the briny sweetness of the Hog Island oysters. Of course the ocean view made the experience all the better, but this timeless wine and food combination can be appreciated in any and all occasions.
Click to read more about our 2013 Sparkling Wine from Carneros, Napa Valley.