The Best Wine and Lobster Pairings For Outdoor Entertaining

With the Fourth of July just days 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?

Fresh Maine lobster cooked on a plate with white wine
An un-oaked Chardonnay is best with Fresh Maine Lobster
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.
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 un-oaked.
Pouilly-fuisse & Lobster

For us, we prefer steamed lobster with a white burgundy such as Louis Jadot Pouilly-fuissé (2008 $18.99).  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.   

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 ($27.99).  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.

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 (2009 $20.00).  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.

Chardonnay & Steamers

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.

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Valentine’s Day Lobster Dinner Sizzles with Oysters

Boston — Feb 10, 2017 —  This year,  instead of heading out to a restaurant why not stay home and treat your lover to a steamy, sizzling Valentine’s Day lobster Day dinner with live Maine lobster, oysters, and award winning seafood chowders all delivered fresh and delicious right to your door.

So while everyone else is fighting for reservations, trying to park, waiting for their table and getting rushed by the waiter, just say “No!”

That’s right.  You can have the live lobsters delivered directly from our docks right to your door anywhere in the United States.  With all the best seafood New England has to offer, Lobsters-Online can provide all the ingredients for a decadently scrumptious romantic dinner for two.  From oysters to lobster tails, there is plenty to choose from.

Valentine's Day lobster dinner for romantics

Choose an Easy Recipe

Cupid knows nothing is more romantic than preparing a wonderful live lobster dinner steamed to perfection and served with plenty of butter.  Lobsters-Online.Com features plenty of helpful recipes to make cooking fun.  Cupid recommends starting with a tray of world famous Wellfleet oysters plucked from the cold waters off Cape Cod.  Pop them open and serve with our specially prepared cocktail sauce.

Next share our home style Lobster Trap Co. lobster bisque made with real chunks of lobster.   Steam or bake the lobster – the bigger the better.  Or if you prefer, order a tray of jumbo lobster’s tails that come ready to cook and serve.

Free Range Beef and Lobster Tails

Also popular this year is surf and turf packages that boast Montana free range beef filet, Maine lobster tails and creamy smooth clam chowder. The package comes with a complete lobster bib and steel cracker kit to make eating easy.

Surprise Your Lover

“You should have seen the look on my man’s face when he saw what I had ready for him for Valentine’s Day,” said a happy customer from Port Charlotte, Florida.   “Don’t forget the champagne!”

So while everyone else is fighting for reservations, trying to park, waiting for their table and getting rushed by the waiter, just say “No.”  Instead, treat your lover to a Valentine dinner at home with a love fest of the best lobster and oysters in the world.  Cupid will be proud.  And don’t forget, a lobster dinner makes a memorable Valentine’s Day gift for everyone in the family.

Quality and Freshness are number one

All our lobsters are right off the boat, on to the dock and into our giant, new facilities. Since we sell direct, no other online service can match Lobsters-Online for freshness, quality and price. Because we ship with FedEx, you can order online and enjoy beautiful, select grade lobster the very next day.

Direct from the Sea

For more than 42 years, the Lobster Trap Company has been delighting customers from Boston and Cape Cod to as far away as Hawaii with its quality seafood. With facilities in Maine and Cape Cod, the Lobster Trap Company continues to offer its online customers the highest quality and lowest price found anywhere.

Great Eats: Atlantic Harpoon Swordfish Are Here

 

This time of summer the  Atlantic Harpoon swordfish are in season.  New England fishermen call it “harpoon” season.  The fisherman, or “strikers,” head out to the Western Atlantic Ocean in small fishing boats and actually hunt the ocean surface for the swordfish. When one is spotted near the surface the striker harpoons the big fish by hand.  A fish caught this way can range from 150 to 600 pounds.

A striker goes after a Swordfish on a calm day.
Each day the daily catch is brought in and sold to local markets, and the Swordfish steaks usually end up on someone’s plate in less than 24 hours, creating an incredible New England seafood experience for enlightened connoisseurs.
The practice of harpooning swordfish predates industrial scale fishing or “long line fishing” where thousands of baited hooks hang on floated lines that can be more than 30 miles long. The long-line hooks do not discriminate between the type and size of fish caught and experts say the practice in the past has depleted swordfish stocks in some places.  International laws are now in place now to limit the catch of the long lines, and these fishermen are closely monitored.
Harpoon swordfish hunters, or “strikers,” take their catch at a much slower, more selective rate.  The strikers only go after the large fish that are well past breeding age and avoid baby swordfish in the breeding grounds.  The fish are then delivered fresh daily to markets and restaurants in New England. The selective practice presents no threat to swordfish stocks.
While swordfish are found worldwide they are only in season in New England during the summer when the water is warmer.   According to research, the big fish tend to congregate where ocean waters have sharp temperature breaks (above 58°F) and where strong ocean currents meet.  This creates a turbulent environment where there is abundant food.  Along with the strikers, sport fishermen also ply these waters with rod and tackle seeking the big Swordfish.

Whether broiled, baked, grilled or on a kabob, fresh from the ocean swordfish is a favorite of first-time seafood initiates as well as seafood connoisseurs. Swordfish has a meaty texture and mild flavor.  Swordfish also offers a low-fat, low-calorie healthy choice for all seafood lovers.  Fresh swordfish is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids and other vitamins and minerals that are good for the heart.
Atlantic Harpoon Swordfish, fresh off the dock, is among the most popular Boston and Cape Cod seafood treats. This time of summer, many downtown restaurants feature day-boat swordfish steaks. In fact, the delicious fish is almost as popular as a specialty steak in Boston steakhouses. 

Fresh Harpoon Swordfish Marinated and Grilled

The most popular fresh summer swordfish recipe  is also the simplest. Marinated and grilled.
Here is a great recipe for a one-pound, 1 ½ -inch thick fresh swordfish steak.

Mix in a bowl:
  • a teaspoon of fresh chopped basil,
  •  ½ cup of olive oil,
  •  a small clove of chopped fresh garlic,
  •  fresh ground pepper to taste.
  •  If desired, a dash of fresh lime or lemon juice may be added.
Coat the steak and let marinate for one to two hours.  Cook on a medium-high grill for four minutes on each side, or until firm to the touch.  Only flip the steak once.  Do not overcook as the swordfish will get dry very quickly.  Remove from the grill and let stand for one minute before partitioning. Leave the skin on when grilling to help keep the fish moist but remove to partition and serve.
Today fresh Atlantic swordfish can be shipped overnight by a Cape Cod online seafood retailer anywhere in the United States.  This means anyone – from Florida to Kansas – can enjoy delicious swordfish that only 24 hours earlier were swimming in the clean, crisp ocean waters off Cape Cod.
Is it dinner time yet?

 

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Rare Calico Maine Lobster Spotted on Cape Cod

Bourne, MA — A rare calico lobster was spotted among the lobster tanks at the Lobster Trap Company facility at Cape Cod.  One in about 25 million, it is a very rare find.  They are not sure where it came from as it was mixed in with a large delivery.  Because of its spotted coloring, it was easy to see among the dozens of other live lobster floating around in the tank.

The typical lobster is colored a muddy brown with hints of red, which is the perfect color for hiding from predators.  Other rare colored lobsters such as calico, blue, yellow or green usually do not last long as they are easily spotted by predators on the bottom of the ocean.

Rare Spotted, Calico Lobster Found

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Just in Time Maine Lobsters Rolls for Your Super Bowl 50 Party

Just in time Maine lobster rolls for your Super Bowl 50 Party, a traditional New England lobster roll recipe sure to please. Yes, the very same lobster roll  that you can experience in any of the numerous lobster shacks and seafood restaurants that inhabit the New England coast line.   Nothing is better than the pure, sweet taste of lobster bursting out of a toasted New England style bun. So whichever team you are cheering for  … serve up to your guests some lobster!

lobstertrap-lobsterroll-550eBefore you get started, please note there are a couple of tricks if you want authenticity.  You must use fresh, live Maine lobster or freshly cooked Maine lobster meat (tails, claws and legs).    And if at all possible, make sure you use New England style split top hot dog buns (with the cut sides) as the roll’s flavor explodes when toasted on a grill or skillet.

For two people, order two 1 ¼ pound lobster online for home delivery or get them from your local fish market.  Steam the lobster in a large kettle with steaming rack filled with about two-to-three inches of cold water.  Add two tablespoons of sea salt and bring water to roiling boil.  Place the lobster head first into the kettle and steam about 10 to 12 minutes.

 

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Super Bowl 50

Remove the lobster and open the cooked tail, claws, knuckles and legs with a large chef’s knife.  Remove any cartilage or veins from the tail.

Alternatively you may buy freshly cooked lobster meat and skip cooking the live lobster.  It’s a time saver and if the  lobster meat is freshly cooked, the results will be the same delicious Super Bowl lobster roll bursting with flavor.  Whether you are fans of  either team,  your Super Bowl 50 guests will love you.

Ingredients:

  • Chop the meat from two 1 ¼ pound lobster into small chunks
  • Two tablespoons of mayonnaise (one per lobster)
  • 4 lemon wedges (served on the side)
  • 1 medium stalk of celery, finely diced
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Potato chips and pickle for serving

Preparation: 

  • Mix the lobster meat and mayonnaise in a large bowl.  Use just enough mayonnaise to coat the meat but not so much that it is holding the meat together
  • Grind in two or three grinds of pepper.  You don’t need much
  • Add in the celery and mix again
  • Cover and chill for at least an hour
  • After the mixture has chilled, pre-heat the grill or an iron skillet
  • Spread softened butter on both sides of each roll
  • Over medium heat, toast the buns on each side for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown
  • Fill each toasted roll to overflowing and serve immediately with lemon wedge, chips and pickle
  • Note: To add a little extra spice to the Boston lobster roll recipe, chop up two scallions and add it to the mixture along with a dash of cayenne

 

 

 

 

Winter and When Will it End for Lobster Lovers?

 

Off season, winter keeps the lobster boats close to home, and only the biggest lobster suppliers can be prepared to make sure there is plenty of lobster available all winter. The Lobster Trap Company works hard year round to continue to be able to supply ocean fresh lobster to customers.

 

What does all that snow mean for lobster lovers?
They do this by building natural environment environment salt water lobster pounds that can hold millions of pounds of fresh lobster.  This keeps the lobster strong and healthy until they are ready to make their trip to the folks.
“We filled our Maine and Canadian pounds with enough lobster to keep filling the FEDEX planes thru the rain, sleet and snow of this year’s terrible winter, just to make sure our customers stay full – and get their fill — of their favorite crustaceans!”  Said Dave Madden, Lobster Trap Company vice president of sales.
Lobster Trap operates four lobster pounds located in Machiasport and Steuben Maine, providing access to 4,000,000 pounds of live lobster.   The company also operates storage facilities throughout Canada providing holding capacities in excess of 2,000,000 pounds.  All this means great lobster eating year round, even when the fishing season ends.

So while the snow may be falling, the lobster keeps flying.

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Rare Calico Lobster Saved From Cambridge Restaurant Cook Pot

Calvin the rare calico lobster was saved from a Cambridge, MA Restaurant lobster pot this week after the chef took notice of the lobster’s yellow and orange spotted shell. Instead of serving him up, they decided to name the guy and put him safely aside. A calico lobster is exceedingly rare, about 1 in 30 million.

Race calico lobster
Photo Tony LaCasse/New England Aquarium

The 1.5 pound lobster, dabbled in yellow,  was found at Jasper White’s Summer Shack Restaurant in Cambridge when they were cleaning out a 1,200 gallon lobster tank. It is believed to have  been caught off Winter Harbor, ME.

 

How it escaped notice before this is anyone’s guess.

According to the Boston Globe, Chef Jasper White was drawn to the singular lobster with the yellow spots: “We happened to be cleaning the tank and I happened to be there. One of my guys said, ‘Chef, look at this lobster,’ and from across the room I knew it was special.”

White estimates the rare lobster had been touched at least four times by human hands prior to being rescued.  Normally all the lobster in the tank end up on a dinner plate.  Jasper said he buys about 350,000 pounds of lobster annually for his restaurants.

The lucky lobster’s calico shell is caused by the inconsistent distribution of the pigment layers that usually combine to make uncooked lobsters look brown.  Lobsters come in many colors, including brown, orange, blue and white — the most rare. Still a calico lobster is exceedingly rare.

Calvin was sent from the restaurant to the New England Aquarium in Boston for safe keeping.

“We say that yellow lobsters are about one in 30 million,” said Michael Tlusty, the director of research at the New England Aquarium.

Eventually the  lobster will head to the Biomes Marine Biology Center in North Kingstown, R.I., where he will be displayed for school field trips and other educational purposes.

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We thank you for your business over the years and we welcome you to review your experiences.  We love hearing from our customers about how their dinner guests enjoyed the lobster or how surprised Mom or Dad were to receive a lobster dinner gift.

We especially enjoy hearing about how Lobsters-Online made the holidays more fun, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  We also have learned over the years how our customers celebrate during the summer holidays of Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day with all the makings for a great lobster clambake.  And having live Maine lobster delivered to a favorite vacation spot has become another popular customer tradition.

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Serve a Super Bowl New England Style Boiled Lobster Dinner

With New England and New York in the Super Bowl for 2012, it is only fitting that everyone’s favorite East Coast fare be part of the super celebration. Yes, we are talking about lobster; lots of fresh, great tasting Maine lobster for a Super Bowl lobster dinner.

Patriots and Giants meet in Super Bowl 2012
The East Coast Championship Match

Saturday delivery of live lobster is now available in most parts of the country. So even if you are sitting out there in Kansas, you can still be part of the New England lead up.  Order the lobster online and have them delivered right to your house.  Live Maine lobster can now be part of Super Bowl celebrations all across the country.

Easy to Prepare 

Keep it simple with a traditional boiled lobster recipe.  Boiled Maine lobster is easy to prepare, fun to serve and will be a big hit with the guests.  After all, how often do the New England Patriots and the New York Football Giants play one another in the Super Bowl?  (You don’t have to answer that.)

After all, how often do the New England Patriots and the New York Football Giants play one another in the Super Bowl?

Yes, with this second time around, the New York–Boston rivalry is alive and well.  So why not celebrate this East Coast championship match by ordering the New England eight-lobster special. 

When the lobster arrives on Saturday, you may keep them overnight by adding some wet newspapers and frozen gel packs to the carton. Don’t take them out of the carton to play with.    It is important they stay cool and moist until ready to cook.  If it’s below freezing outside, don’t leave the lobster in  the box outside either.

boiled maine lobster dinner
New England Lobster Dinner

When ready to prepare, just follow the directions for traditional boiled lobster:

Ingredients: 

  • 8 1 ¼  pound live lobsters
  • Sea Salt
  • Two gallons water
  • Two pounds melted butter
  • Two fresh whole lemons
Directions:
  1. Add water to large pot or kettle and bring to a roiling boil
  2. Add four table spoons sea salt
  3. Place live lobsters head first into pot and cover
  4. Stir lobster occasionally to move bottom lobsters to top so the lobsters will cook evenly
  5. Cook for 12 to 13 minutes until bright red (do not over cook as meat will toughen).  Give the antenna on one of the lobsters a yank.  If it pulls off easily, the lobsters are done.
  6. When cooked properly the lobster meat will have turned from translucent to  white
  7. Remove the cooked lobster and allow to drain for one minute.
  8. Serve with melted butter and lemon wedges on the side

Eating the lobster begins by twisting off the claws and the tail and cracking the shell to get at the meat.  Providing your guests with traditional lobster bib kits makes the job easy; the  the kits come with handy eating instructions.

To round out your lobster dinner, consider adding some traditional prepared lobster fare like a Maine lobster pizza  or fresh steamer clams and oysters.

Enjoy the game!

 

Nations Oldest Retail Lobster Web Site Marks 14th Anniversary

Cape Cod, Mass. (Oct. 5, 2011) – The Lobster Trap Company & Lobsters-Online.Com today announced the anniversary of its 14th year of selling live lobster with overnight delivery to retail customers all across the United States, making it the oldest Lobster web site in continuous operation.
Launched in 1997, the retail lobster web site became an instant success with its first live-lobster sale coming from a Florida retiree who had recently moved to Tampa from Connecticut and was missing New England lobster.

The Lobsters-Online web site today.

Designed and built by founder Wayne Howe of Boston, the web site was developed originally as a prototype to show off a new e-commerce system and to encourage seafood wholesale vendors to move their 1-800 telephone order business onto the web. Howe was hoping to encourage the seafood outlets to employ the e-commerce system Howe was selling.  Faced with resistance from the wholesalers, who rebuffed his efforts with expressions such as — “Web, what web?  We are fishermen. We don’t know anything about the Internet.”  — Howe decided to take the prototype and use it to create a web based retail seafood business.
Contracting with seafood suppliers, Lobsters-Online.com went live with the click of a mouse.  And within minutes, orders began arriving.
First Sale in Minutes
“I saw the first e-mail alert and couldn’t believe a sale had come in.  We just couldn’t stop smiling,” Howe said.  “It seemed almost unbelievable that someone found the web site so fast.  Back then, e-commerce was supposed to be only for the big retail players.  Yet here we were, a small business able to take a credit card online, authorize it, and then deliver live seafood overnight to anywhere in the country.”
Sales grew steadily until the millennium, when orders came in so fast and so strong during December that it doubled sales for the entire year.
“Even with the automated web site, we were working 24 hours a day to manage all the orders for the holidays and the millennium,” Howe said.  “We needed to request larger trucks to pick up all the orders.  That holiday period was a real deal changer and it helped us map out the successful sales strategy in use today. Repeat business quickly became the engine that kept our sales growing.”
Satisfied Customers
“We have thousands and thousands of satisfied customers who buy from us every year,” Howe said.
Lobsters-Online.Com has served hundreds of thousands of customers and has shipped millions of dollars worth of lobster and seafood. Sales have increased an average of 25 percent per year since the year 2000.
Logan Clark, CEO of the LobsterTrap Company, headquartered in Bourne, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, formed the partnership with Lobsters-Online in 2001.  The 35-year-old Lobster Trap Company is among the largest seafood wholesalers in the country and it boasts sparkling, brand new plant facilities capable of storing thousands of pounds of lobster in seawater tanks. 
Lobster Trap in Maine and Cape Cod
Today the Lobster Trap Company boasts its own lobster boat docks and facilities in Machiasport, ME; Steuben, ME; and Cape Cod.  This ensures that all Lobsters-Online.Com lobsters are fresh off the boats, onto the docks and into the Lobster Trap Company facilities.  There are no middlemen to drive up the price or delay shipping.

Lobster Trap Company trucks loading at Cape Cod facility.

Featuring all the best seafood New England has to offer – including hard to find jumbo lobster — the Lobsters-Online.Com web site is open 24 hours a day with fresh live lobster available year round.  Customers that order by 2:30 p.m. EST can receive their lobsters the very next day.  Deliveries are available Tuesday through Saturday.