Boy, has it been hot as perdition this last week, with no relief in sight, here in the Mid-Atlantic. I didn’t want to cook or otherwise heat up the place tonight, so I bought some fresh Chesapeake oysters and fixed an appropriate salad (mostly red leaf lettuce, cucumbers and feta cheese with scallions) then tried to pry the darn things open. I got two of them before I gave up and steamed the little buggers open, and the best wine to pair with the lot was the Boordy Vineyards MD (Landmark Series) Albariño 2016.

I wrote about this wine in February after visiting the winery and tasting through their current lineup.

Nose: loads of citrus minerality like lemon juice and passion fruit poured on wet slate. On the palate, white flowers and passion fruit, only light and ethereal, not smacking your face the way that Marlborough sauvignon blanc does. Lemon/mineral and refreshing throughout, it’s the PERFECT accompaniment to Chesapeake Bay oysters and other delicate seafood like sole, if you can eat them without cocktail sauce. Best In Show; Best In Class; Double Gold Medal: 2016 Maryland Governor’s Cup, Best White Varietal; Gold Medal: 2016 Maryland Comptroller’s Cup.