New England Oysters and Valentine's Day: A Perfect Match
Dublin, New Hampshire (February 2008)–Myth or not, oysters have long been considered a food of love. As far back as the 1700s, the great womanizer Giacomo Casanova is said to have consumed up to four or five dozen oysters a day to keep him “fit” for his many escapades. Combine that with another piece of folklore that says that oysters should be eaten only in months containing the letter r (though science shows oysters may be eaten safely year-round) and that makes them ideal for Valentine’s Day on February 14.
“Right now is when I love oysters the most. The local waters are super-cold and clean, and oysters are doing nothing but getting ready for spring, when they become amorous and consider settling down and starting oyster beds,” says Annie B. Copps, senior editor/food for Yankee Magazine. “For the next few months, oysters are at their peak. I’m a fool for Wellfleets, Cotuit, Connecticut Blue Points, PEIs, Tomahawks from Martha’s Vineyard, Moonstones from Rhode Island.”
To complement oysters, Annie recommends selecting a sparkling wine such as Champagne, Cava, or Prosecco, or a still white wine. “A crisp Loire Valley white is classic,” says Annie. “But my current favorite white wine, and an excellent choice to accompany oysters, is Gr