A wine list of approximately 70 wines that pair beautifully with bivalves and with the seasonal seafood dishes served at B&G Oysters.
Inspired by the search for the most perfect wines to enjoy with oysters, Executive Wine Director Cat Silirie has created a carefully focused list comprised of approximately 70 wines that pair beautifully with bivalves and with the seasonal seafood dishes served at B&G Oysters.
Each of the carefully chosen wines reflects Cat’s signature wine qualities of authenticity, seasonality, and tradition as well as terroir or “sense of place,” the notion that wines possessing terroir are a natural match for the ingredients and cuisine of their respective native regions. The mission of the wine list that Cat and her team enthusiastically strive to achieve is to create a selection that exudes these tenets while complimenting the gorgeous seafood served. In addition to Champagne, Chablis, and Muscadet— our favorite pairings with oysters— crisp, mineraly whites and a small number of ocean-friendly reds from Cat’s favorite artisanal producers complete the wine offerings.
Cat, long a champion of the "new" old Austrian grape, Grüner Veltliner, is incredibly honored to collaborate with Austrian winemaker Fred Loimer to create the “Cuvée Cat for B&G Oysters” exclusively for our restaurants. With B&G Oysters in mind, this cuvée displays all the hallmarks of a Loimer Grüner Veltliner: extremely fresh, elegant, and accurate to the varietal with classic white pepper spice.
The final component of our wine program, something vital to each of our restaurants, is the staff training program. One of Cat’s greatest but most gratifying challenges as the Executive Wine Director of the Barbara Lynch Gruppo is her responsibility to educate all of our staff about wine. Through weekly meetings, Cat and her team train B&G servers on our wines through storytelling, tasting, and testing.