I like meeting friends for lunch at the Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa. There are a lot of options—like the burgers and sweet potato fries at Taylor’s Automatic Refresher or the Venezuelan offerings at Pica Pica anchored in their delicious corn breads. It’s fun to meet there and decide what sounds good that day.
On a recent Friday afternoon, my friend Tom and I headed to the Hog Island Oyster Company, a lively counter in one of the corners of the market. I ordered six oysters and a grilled cheese sandwich—not my first instinct at a place known for seafood, but I’m a sucker for grilled cheese and it was highly recommended by my friend. And rightly so—the melted Cowgirl Creamery’s Cave Aged Gruyere really hit the spot.
But what wine would match with both oysters and a rich grilled cheese? I went with the Domaine Auchère Sancerre 2008 ($12 a glass), since I adore the classic pairing of Sancerre and oysters. This French white, from the Loire Valley, was a good fit: The Sauvignon Blanc was balanced and crisp, with a nice flinty edge that let the oysters sing, and enough acidity that dealt with the gooey yumminess of my sandwich. I rated it 86 points, non-blind.