Why? Because like sparkling wine, oysters take on the flavor of their home. Eating a fresh oyster is like eating the essence of the ocean, la mer. "Wines have terroir, oysters have MERoir," I like to say .. Which is why those "Fine de Claire" in Brittany, France, are just as complexly satisfying as a bottle of vintage Bubbly. It's the perfect marriage, really.
It's best to eat oysters the day you buy them. But if you can't, store them in a refrigerator with a damp cloth draped over them. Remember, the oysters are living creatures; they shouldn't be submerged in water or left in melted ice or they'll die, and die a lot quicker. If stored correctly, an oyster can live out of water for several weeks, but it's not getting any tastier; it can taste like a wine that's just past its peak. Your best bet is to buy your oysters at an oyster bar or direct from a dealer or oyster farm, and always ask your seller when the oyster was harvested.
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