Wine for peking duck?

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Date created: Sun, Apr 18, 2021 2:15 PM
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Red wines such as Zinfandel, Shiraz, and Grenache all have the fruity flavor of berries and jam that help to draw out the flavor of the sauce. The creaminess and richness of red wines act as a buffer for the rich, spicy, and sweet flavor of Peking Duck.

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The Pinot Noir myth. Despite its popularity, I don’t believe in pairing Pinot Noir with Peking duck. Pinot Noir is quite linear, while the duck is very greasy and rich. I would recommend a Spätlese Riesling instead—nice acidity with more residual sugar, which should go perfectly with the duck and the sauce.

If diners receive their meal of Peking Duck and it’s sweeter than expected, choosing a white wine with higher amounts of alcohol, oak, and acidity can make a better match. Some specific white wines to consider include Efeste Riesling Columbia Valley, Pacific Rim Columbia Valley Chenin Blanc, and von Hovel Riesling Kabinett.

You may also enjoy these other types of wine with Peking Duck: Chinon (shee-NOHN): A light, tart French red with pencil, cassis, and raspberry flavors. Madeira (muh-DEER-uh): A Portuguese semi-sweet wine with almond, smoke, and citrus.

With Peking Duck in Beijing there is an extensive red wine list at Quanjude. We drank a Chinese red--Dragon Seal, a cabernet sauvignon/gamay blend that was not bad at all. There is some good grape terroir in China and many wineries have hired European winemakers to help out.

When talking about duck and wine pairing, Pinot Noir tends to be the blanket answer. And there is certainly a lot of sense in that recommendation. Duck tends to be a little fatty, rich but not as strong as game, and either pan fried or roasted. As a result, choosing a wine that has good acidity and freshness will help to balance the fat.

Tips on Wine Pairing with Duck 1. Pair slow-cooked, fruity, spicy or mild-flavored duck with whites and lighter acidic reds. 2. Pair rich, fatty or strongly flavored duck with bold reds higher in tannins. 3. Pair roasted and moderate-intensity duck with medium tannin reds. 4. Pair duck pate or fois ...

The common factor is that duck is a fatty meat that tends to need a wine with some sharpness and acidity to cut through and some ripe fruit to contrast with the rich flesh (duck is often cooked with fruit). Here are some suggestions: Pinot Noir

My favorite pairing has been a full bodied rose like Terrebrune, Clos Cibonne, Antica Terra, or Sine Qua Non. Syrah or a Rhone blend also works well. I tend to prefer Rhone based wines with duck dishes vs. Pinot based wines. 11/30/1712:31 AM

I just drink rose or a clean white like reisling or chenin blanc. Typically when I eat peking duck, I'm also having other Chinese food at the same time, and pinot noir doesn't work for me in that case.

So, unless you are serving it with a powerful side dish or an intense sauce like a wine sauce, favor a relatively light wine style. Because duck is fat, make sure you opt for a red with a solid acidity to cut through the richness of the meat. Here are a few great wine style choices with your roast duck: Pinot Noir; Gamay (like a Beaujolais)

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