Terroir

The concept, terroir, is that aspects of the environment produce characteristics inside of things grown there. It comes to us from winemaking – the region and the weather affect the grapes, and thus affect the wine!

Merroir

Merroir is the same concept, yet applied to things of the sea. Oysters, prominently!!! As any oyster aficionado can tell you, the place of origin for the oyster makes for tremendous variation! 

The Mission:

The Rappahannock Oyster Company operates a restaurant named Merrior in a quaint, remote, scenic outcropping where the Rappahannock River meets the Chesapeake Bay. My friend Marty and I resolved to make a day-trip for it! 

The Restaurant:

It’s a simple bistro in concept. Light fare is the purpose! Relax on the shore and enjoy a few oysters! These are local oysters, harvested on the spot. The confluence of the freshwater river and the saltwater bay creates a variety to them, befitting the concept of “merroir!”

The Oysters!

We enjoyed a dozen of the ‘Old Salt’ oysters, and a dozen of the more freshwater-influenced oysters. I greatly preferred the brine of the Old Salts, so much so that we had a second dozen of them. And I’ll note, the second dozen came from a different batch, and they were even better! Did they come from a different bed than the first? The principle of ‘merrior’ suggests they did!

Fellowship in the time of COVID!

Here’s Marty by the relic boat that adorns the shore, appropriately bemasked! Like most we haven’t had much occasion to venture outside of our homes for the past year. This was a good getaway adventure, a day on the bay well spent!

 

Note: I have no financial association with the restaurant nor with the Rappahannock Oyster Company. This was just a fun day out and about!

 

 

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