Westport Estuary, Westport, MA
This vagabond is full of swagger. Question is: Does he have the oysters to back it up? Why yes, he does. Unconventional, he's influenced by 3 ft. tidal changes, a salt pond, and two freshwater creeks. Sweet, briny, and spiked like a mineral martini, RIPTIDE is that one-of-a-kind vagabond who'll become your left-hand man.
robust | mineral finish | unconventional
3 - 3.5 inches
Pairs Perfectly with:
- Tropic of Cancer
- Tequila Sunrise
- Vance Joy
KERIAN & KRISTIN FENNELLY, A River Runs Through It
Kerian started as a commercial lobsterman, but after five years of lobstering, he needed a change. He and his wife, Kristin were granted the first two aquaculture grants in Westport, MA town history. The first years were tough, but very successful for this duo: Kerian was farming oysters, but still remained a full-time lobsterman. Since then, Riptide has grown into a year-round operation—it remains the only farm on the Westport River, and its isolation makes it special. They stop at nothing to create the perfect oysters and continue to test and develop techniques that are specialized for their grants, working with the environment they have to grow the oysters people want.
The Gritty Details:
Seed is grown in an upweller then moved to weighted cages. Time to market: 1.5 to 2 years.
Flavor Influenced by:
- Salinity: 2.9% to 3.2% varies with tide < 3.5% full oceanic salinity
- Tides: Strong current - 3+ knots daily
- Bottom Makeup: Sand and mud