Though my heart clearly belongs to Muscadet, I am also fond of another French white wine with oysters: Piquepoul. (You may also see it as Picpoul.) It’s a grape you’ll find in Southern France and, like Muscadet, makes a very lively, dry, oyster-loving wine. A squeeze of lemon or a splash of a red wine vinegar-spiked migonette is all you need.
I also applaud my local neighborhood bar, the Summit Public House, for combining forces with Les Huitres Volantes (The Flying Oysters) to create a great Sunday afternoon of oysters and Piquepoul. (And a few other tasty wines.) This is how wine should be: fairly priced and generously poured into a big, sturdy, un-tippable rocks glass for casual consumption.
Bonus fact: Piquepoul means “lip-stinger.”Tags: capitol hill, les perles, oysters, picpoul, piquepoul, seattle, summit public house