Picpoul de Pinet refers both to the name of the grape and the appellation; something you don’t often encounter on a French wine label. The vineyards grow along the Etang de Thau which is a series of lagoons that stretch along the Mediterranean coast. The water has high salinity and is host to a thriving oyster-producing community. Like Muscadet, Picpoul de Pinet is a natural choice for oysters on the half shell. To illustrate this point,Domaine Julie Benau’s Picpoul de Pinet literally has a pen and ink sketch of an oyster on the front label. Though personally, I wouldn’t limit Benau’s Picpoul de Pinet to just raw shellfish – that would be a mistake. Boquerones, grilled sardines or a creamy Brandade would be a great way to go if you had this perky white chilling in the fridge.