Winter is here, which means that great local seafood is back on the table. Succulent Dungeness crab steamed with garlic butter, Hog Island Kumamoto Oysters on the half-shell with mignonette, moules-frites au Roquefort, grilled whole snapper with fresh lemon juice and chopped parsley. Whatever your deep sea fix is, we’ve got the perfect wine for it. Here are a few suggestions.
2011 Colle Stefano Verdicchio di Matelica – $16.99
Verdicchio is one of the most widely planted white grapes in Italy, but in the right hands it can be truly sublime. The best is found in and around the village of Matelica in the Marche on the East coast of Central Italy. Organic farming, low yields, and cool stainless steel fermentation make for a wine of precise balance, airy briny minerality, and herbal and citrus aromatics. Enjoy with all manner of fresh seafood or as an aperitif with roasted almonds and casatica di bufala.
2011 Pierre Henri Muscadet Sevre et Maine – $11.99
2011 Valdesil Godello Sobre Lias – $19.99
2010 Roland Tissier Sancerre – $20.99
2010 Edmunds St. John El Dorado Heart of Gold – $19.99
2011 Arnot-Roberts Watson Ranch Napa Chardonnay – $32.99