A California sparkling wine is an excellent pairing with these classic oysters
Savvy match: When it comes to a rich classic like oysters Rockefeller, reach for a sparkling wine to help balance the palate. The brininess of the oysters balances the acidity of the wine. Plus, these oysters have a velvety smooth texture which will dance nicely on your tongue with the bubbles from the sparkling wine. While French Champagne might tempt you, consider the excellent sparkling wines produced in the US. Sparkling wines have been among the California white wine offerings for many years, and small production Oregon wineries now produce bubbles from both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Oysters Rockefeller is easier than you think, so don’t be afraid to try these at home. With the help of a food processor, you can prep them ahead of time and pop them in the oven when your guests arrive. Named for John D. Rockefeller because of the richness and created during the turn of the last century at Antoine’s in New Orleans, they quickly became a staple in restaurants through the middle of the century. Antoine has never given out the recipe, and there are many variations; here is my interpretation of this classic.