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July 4th Lobster Prices are Right

July 4th Happy Birthday America
With July temperatures warming up the Maine seacoast, lobsters are once again in their lively season making them easier to catch and the daily haul more plentiful, resulting in new low summer-season lobster prices.

That is because the more the lobster moves around in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean the more likely they are to stop by to investigate some fisherman’s lobster trap.  This also means it is more likely the lobster will also end up as the guest-of-honor in someone’s lobster pot.
And how cool is it that this good news of new low lobster prices comes right at the best time of year for outdoor entertaining.  Now backyard lobster chefs everywhere can all look like heroes without breaking the budget.

Lobsters are lethargic in colder water but as the summer sun warms up the coastal waters they begin to become more active.
This time of year the lobster are busy hunting for new food sources, looking for new homes to hide in and on the lookout to mate. A tasty free meal in a fisherman’s trap is often too hard for a busy lobster to resist. Lobster boat approached dock full of summer lobsterAll along the Maine and Massachusetts seacoast, locals and tourists are enjoying lobster dinners at low seasonal prices.  For lobster lovers who can’t get to Maine, don’t worry.  There are lobster services that will ship fresh, live lobster right off the boat direct to the consumer anywhere in the country.

Today seafood lovers can order fresh lobster, steamers, oysters, scallops, fish and all the best seafood New England has to offer and have it shipped overnight direct to their front door.  This month lobster prices are 15-to-20 percent less than just a month ago.

For many people, now is the time to take advantage of summer prices and plan that family lobster clambake.  Some folks even have lobster shipped to their favorite vacation destination.  Indeed, summer is the time to celebrate lobster as often as possible.
All the signs are in place for another record Maine lobster catch.

According to a report from the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR), more than 93 million pounds of lobster were caught in Maine waters during 2010. This giant catch represents an estimated increase of 12 million pounds of lobster from the previous 2009 record of 81 million pounds.
So here’s to another good season, and plenty of good eating.  July 4th and the lobster prices are low.

© Wayne Howe 2011

 

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Get the Dad Who Thinks He Already Has Everything Something Really Lively this Fathers Day

Send Dad A Father’s Day Lobster Dinner Gift

Maine Lobster Dinner for Father's Day

Looking for an uber cool gift for Dad this Father’s Day?  Whether sharing the day, or sending a gift from afar, what does a good son or daughter gets for a father who thinks he has everything?
Well, think lobster.  That’s what thousands of good children do!
Thanks to a Cape Cod lobster online service, Dad can now go over the top on his big day with a big box of live Maine lobster delivered right to his door.  Whether in California, Colorado or Kansas City, Dad can receive an entire lobster clambake packed up and complete with jumbo live lobster, homemade chowders and freshly harvested steamer clams.  There is even a cook pot available to make the gift complete
A fabulous Fathers Day Lobster Dinner  feast
There are several lobster online services that offer up all size live Maine lobster that only hours earlier were swimming in the cool, crisp clean waters off New England.  Right from the lobster boats, onto the dock and into the modern shipping facilities, the lobster are carefully inspected prior to travel.  Only select grade lobster and freshly harvested clams and oysters are chosen to make the trip.
You don’t have to go to Maine
“Each year we ship lobster clambakes to hundreds and hundreds of dads for Father’s Day.  Jumbo Maine lobster – five and six pounds – have been very popular in the last couple of years,” said Wayne Howe, marketing manager for Lobsters-Online.Com.  “We take great delight in the idea that perhaps somewhere in New Mexico, a Father may hear his door bell ring and there stands a delivery driver holding a specially prepared travel cooler full of  lobster that only hours earlier were swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. What a super surprise.”
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The New England Lobster Clambake is a tradition older than America itself. According to historical lore, the pilgrims first learned about the lobster from Native Americans. The pilgrims watched Native Americans gather lobster, clams, mussels and fish and prepare them on the beach.
The Fathers Day lobster dinner clambake features live lobster, Ipswich steamer clams, mussels and Cape Cod clam chowder along with an optional enamel steel cooking pot.  Jumbo five and six pound lobsters are a treat for Dads who really love their lobster.  The 1.5 pound lobster is a favorite for cooking on the grill.  Available fresh lobster tails make any party better. Recipes and information on how to steam lobster are free.
All live lobsters are shipped for overnight delivery.  The lobster and seafood are carefully placed in special insulated cartons.  Individual compartments protect the live lobster from harming one another during their flight. The cooler is packed with gel ice packs and wet seaweed. And best of all, an order placed online by 2:30 p.m. EST can be part of a feast anywhere in the USAthe very next day.  Saturday delivery is available in most areas.

© Wayne Howe 2018

 

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The Best Wine and Lobster Pairings For Outdoor Entertaining

Best Wine & Lobster Pairings for Outdoor Entertaining

With the Fourth of July just weeks away, the outdoor entertaining season with fresh Maine lobster is moving into  full swing. With the lobster menu decided upon, the question that always comes up is what are the best wine and lobster pairings for outdoor entertaining?

Cooked Maine lobster with white wine

Maine lobster and white wine

First of all, let’s answer the question that is most asked.  No, you can not serve red wine with lobster.  The tannin in red wine and the iodine in lobster will react, overpowering the delicate flavor of the lobster, giving the meat a metallic taste.  Therefore, no red wine, not even Beaujolais or other kind of low-tannin red should be served.  The Gamay of even a subtle red will over power the lobster.  The only exception is Lobster fra Diavolo, when Chianti is the only choice.  But that discussion is for another day.

Wine and Steamed Lobster Pairing

Today we are entertaining outdoors and a traditional steamed lobster dinner is on the menu.  So what wines are most enjoyable?
I will start out by saying beware of serving robust white wines such as the new types of Chardonnay that have overly vibrant fruit flavoring. The natural saltiness of lobster, as with any seafood, will amplify the flavor of a big fruity Chardonnay.  So unless you are grilling your lobster, go with a Chardonnay that is gently touched with fruit, and mostly unoaked.
Perfect chardonnay for serving with lobster
Pouilly-fuisse & Lobster

For us, we prefer steamed lobster with a white burgundy such as Louis Jadot Pouilly-fuissé (2018 $24.99).  This wine has wonderful Chardonnay flavors, minerals and just a bare touch of oak.  The perfect pairing for enjoying the sweet, delicate taste of warm lobster dipped in melted lobster butter.

First Course Oysters

The first course should be Wellfleet oysters.  They must be shucked and served as an appetizer.  On a large platter covered with plenty of ice, arrange the oysters in circles with traditional New England red cocktail sauce, lemons and horse radish … the only way to serve oysters.

What wine to pair with raw oysters?

The world’s perfect oyster must be served with the perfect Champagne.  We enjoy Taittinger Champagne La Francaise (2017 $49.99).  This sparkling wine has a high blend of Chardonnay grapes to yield a balance of stone fruit and crisp hints of bread crust.  One sip of chilled Champagne, followed immediately by a world famous Wellfleet oyster, and your taste buds will explode.  Trust me, you will love it.

Taittinger Champagne goes with Wellfleet Oysters
Champagne & Oysters

The steamers and chowder should be served as the second course well before the lobster and paired with a zesty Chardonnay.  I enjoy pairing the clams with La Crema Montery Chardonnay (2018 $19.00).  This is a wine with its own fresh mineral notes and tropical aromas of lemon that will nicely pair with the sweet, ocean flavor of the steamer clams.  Just chill the wine and serve.

La-Crema is perfect with clams
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Fleet of Wines, Shellfish & Lobster

Wellfleet Oysters and Taittinger Champagne;   La Crema Chardonnay and Maine steamer clams (or shrimp); and of course, Louis Jadot  Pouilly-fuissé and lobster; sweet, fresh lobster will all contribute to a memorable outdoor dining experience. The perfect pairings of three wines with three courses of all the best seafood New England has to offer will have your dinner guests abuzz.  Believe us when we say, it does not get any better than this.

Just let us know what time we should be there for dinner.

© Wayne Howe 2020

 

 

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