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Friday, January 08, 2016
Oyster Bah Introduces Seafood-Friendly Wine List (Chicago)
OYSTER BAH DEBUTS
ONE-OF-A-KIND WINE PROGRAM
New Lincoln Park seafood restaurant offers list of 30 unique wines
Bah, the newest Lettuce Entertain You restaurant to hit the 1900 block
of N. Halsted Street, is excited to introduce its incredible wine list.
Structured to perfectly complement the seafood on offer, the list of 30
wines, all available by the glass, features many producers brand new to
the Chicago market at an affordable price point. From fresh, bright
whites to year-round rosés to reds and sparkling wines,
diners will be hard-pressed to not find something unique and delicious
that brings out and intensifies the flavors on the restaurant's seafood
focused dinner menu.
Nate Redner and
Ryan Arnold, who created Oyster Bah's wine program, believe that their
offerings run the gamut from classic old school to more eclectic new
school. Falling into the old school category are traditional pairings
like Muscadet and oysters. According to Redner, the restaurant's Louis Metaireau Muscadet is a wine that "really shines with shellfish of all types, but particularly briny oysters [like Oyster Bah's] Raspberry Point oysters which are from PEI and are prized for their firm texture and clean, refreshing salinity."
On the other end are new style pairings like Dirty & Rowdy Semillon
and Blue Pools oysters. Says Redner, "Blue Pools are a tide-tumbled
oyster from the crew at Hama Hama with a plump, sweet, fatty and rich
flavor. If there were an oyster that would do well with a wine with
tannin, this is it. Dirty & Rowdy skin-fermented Semillon has the
structure and backbone to stand up to the Blue Pools."
And don't forget red wine's amazing ability to pair with seafood. Arnold's favorite is Matthiasson's Tendu. "Common
knowledge tells you to drink crisp whites with oysters," says Arnold.
"But what if you love reds? The #1 rule is to look for red wines that
are low in tannins, the component in red wine that dries out your mouth.
Tendu is a California wine made up of Italian
grapes: barbera, montepulciano, and aglianico. The wine is red
fruit-dominated, [with the flavors of] cherries and strawberries, and
also light-bodied which makes it our most versatile red for pairing with
a variety of oysters."
Like the seafood on
offer, Oyster Bah's wine list will change according to what is
available, but promises to always remain interesting and accessible.
With so many varieties offered by the glass, diners will be able to
explore new wines and find new favorites at each and every visit.
For more information about Oyster Bah's wine list and other offerings, please visit www.oysterbah.com.
is located at 1962 N. Halsted in Chicago. The restaurant is open for
dinner service on Mondays to Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Fridays and
Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Sundays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.;
weekend lunch is coming soon. For more information, please call
773.248.3000 or to sign up for the restaurant's newsletter, visit www.oysterbah.com. Be sure to also follow the restaurant on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.