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Jun 21, 2008 09:08 PM

Wine pairings with Duck

I am making Alton Brown's Mighty Duck, and would be interested in hearng what red wines others have paired with it.

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  1. here is the recipie:

    I've never had this exact preperation, but my first instinct is actually a top-shelf Beaujolais, but a fruit forward New World Pinot (but not a Pinot-as-Syrah) or a Barbera would both probably work very well.

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    1. re: whiner

      2nd Barbera, especially one with a lot of stone fruit notes.

    2. My most frequent go-to "duck wine" is probably pinot noir...

      But this dish has alot of sweet fruit notes in it, it seems. Just to be on the same side I'd probably go with riesling here, you just can't miss.....

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      1. re: Chicago Mike

        Considering most of the duck preps, that I have had, my "go-to" is a Northern Rhône (Syrah), then a PN. However, given the recipe, I think that Whiner is spot-on with the 1er Cru BJ. By my tastes, I'd likely go with a Morgon.


      2. Your question asks for "what others have paired with it." Since I've never made this recipe, I can't answer that. If I was to make it, however, I'd pick a Cotes-du-Rhone. I don't think there will be as much sweetness as others have stated, and the bitterness of the chard will balance all that out anyway.

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        1. re: Brad Ballinger

          I agree. I do not think the brining will result in a lot of sweetness. Do you think Cotes-du-Ventoux would work instead of a Cotes-du-Rhone? I think it is a little heavier on the percentage of grenache than the syrah.

          1. re: dawngwen

            Sure, Cotes du Ventoux would be just fine. The flavors in the dish aren't incredibly strong or distracting.

        2. As with Brad, I've not made this particular recipe before, so I can't tell you what I paired with it.

          Red wines from Pomerol, the Côte de Beaune, or from the southern Rhône are my "go to" picks for duck -- including a l'orange or preparations which include cherries or plums. I've never used pineapple, though . . .

          1. My husband makes this recipe for me & I love it.

            He always serves it with a pinot noir. (Frei Brothers is our stand-by.)