Raw Oysters on the Half Shell with Cucumber and Shallot Mignonette

The 2022 Ancient Peaks Chardonnay strikes a fine balance between the leaner and richer styles of Chardonnay, all with the intent to create a versatile, food-friendly wine.

To show off this wine’s culinary appeal, we asked Chef Jacob Lovejoy of the Ancient Peaks Tasting Room & Café to create this perfect pairing of Ancient Peaks Chardonnay and raw oysters on the half-shell with cucumber and shallot mignonette.



1 dozen oysters, shucked
(Chef’s Recommendation for local residents is Morro Bay Oyster Company’s  Pacific Gold Oysters.) 

1 cup Rice Wine Vinegar

1 Shallot, minced

1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated

½ Hothouse Cucumber, peeled and minced

1 pinch Kosher salt

1 tbsp sugar

Several turns of fresh-ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.  Cover and chill for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight, to allow flavors to meld.  Spoon a teaspoon or so over each oyster and enjoy.

raw oysters and wine pairing with recipe