Margaret Pearman is a certified sommelier under the Court of Master Sommeliers and is responsible for curating the award-winning wine list at Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte. Here are her sipping suggestions for October.
Three great seafood pairings
Fall in the Lowcountry is the time for our waterways to shine. The bountiful harvest of local seafood is at its height. Growing up on the May River, I am reminded of my grandmother sitting on her porch picking as many crabs and peeling as many shrimp as she could. Along with the shrimp and crab, there was of course the obligatory Sunday afternoon oyster roast on the bluff. She was always tickled to find a tiny crab in her oyster. A sign of good luck, she would say.
What should we drink with our harvest? I have three wines that pair perfectly. First is Lieu Dit Melon de Bourgogne from Santa Maria Valley. This winery focuses on varietals from the Loire Valley, and you may recognize Melon from the region’s popular Muscadet. Light, crisp and briny, it makes the perfect oyster wine.
More versatile is my second choice: Sella & Mosca La Cala, Vermentino from Sardegna. It’s not surprising that a wine grown on an island where seafood is the staple pairs excellently with a myriad of seafood dishes with a bit of a tropical nose, and a crisp citrus finish.
Lastly is probably the most exciting wine I have tasted all year: La Miraja Ruche hailing from Castagnole Monferrato in the Piedmont region of Italy. With a violet nose, full cherry and pomegranate flavor and medium tannins, it’s just the right thing for shrimp gumbo or blackened redfish. From a seventh generation winemaker, this light red is a game changer.