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Pair Oysters & Wine on Virginia’s Northern Neck

Date Posted: 2020-07-27
Source: Chesapeake Bay Magazine

As ways to spend a sunny afternoon go, it’s tough to beat sitting at Jacey Vineyards sipping Albarino and slurping oysters Rockefeller. Unless it’s by relaxing on Good Luck Cellar’s expansive porch overlooking grape fields while savoring oyster tacos and a glass of Vidal Blanc. And don’t get me started on the charm of an oyster po’boy and a glass of Chardonel on the Dog and Oyster’s cozy screened porch.

Twice a year, the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail offers a weekend dedicated to partaking of Virginia’s best wine and oyster pairings at its eight wineries. The spring and fall Oyster Crawls are self-guided and require no tickets, which was all the invitation I needed to grab a friend and take off for a weekend on the scenic Northern Neck, passing eagles, church steeples and water views as we drove from vineyard to vineyard. The payoff was meeting fellow wine lovers, listening to local musicians and stuffing ourselves silly with wine and oysters. What’s not to love?

During the Crawl, each winery has at least one seafood vendor onsite, and several also have a food truck for non-seafood fans. And while this oyster lover can’t speak to the latter, I can offer a pro tip for first-timers: Dress for the weather, since many of the tables are outside and, trust me, you’ll want to linger once you’ve got bivalves and a bottle of wine at hand. 

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