Richard Leahy (this author) is now contributing to Wine & Country Life, a glossy quarterly magazine produced by Ivy Publishing. You can read his article on “Pairing Wine with Virginia Oysters” online at You’ll learn about “merroir” which is the aquatic version of “terroir” for oysters, and how  you can fine-tune matching oysters from different parts of the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries and the Atlantic based on their relative saline content, and which Virginia wines are best for these specific sub-sets.