Duck & Wine Pairing

With its rich and sweet meat, combined with the fatty but crispy skin, Duck is a decadent dish like no other. Duck can also be served in a variety of ways, all which require different dance partners when considering pairings. In general, earthy and fruity reds, such as Pinot Noir, Amarone, Cahors, or Aglianico, will match up to nearly every duck dish.

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Pinot Noir & Roasted Duck Pairing

Duck is a rich and sweeter meat that is amplified when paired with the cherry, field strawberry and smoky notes of a Pinot Noir. The acidity in a Pinot Noir cuts through the fattiness of the duck skin with ease, while the mushroom notes found in the body of Pinot Noir complement the roasted flavours of the tender duck meat.

Amarone & Roasted Duck with a Reduction Sauce

Amarone is produced in a style where the grapes are reduced by being dried out, it pairs amazing with roast duck, drizzled with a reduction sauce containing the Amarone. The food would mirror the wine, leaving your mouth in a heavenly state.

Here you’ll want a more traditional style of Amarone, which consists of dried fruit flavours and a medium body. Modern styles of Amarone are nice with their lush and syrupy fruit flavours, however, the traditional style, with its earthy notes and have flavours of dried cherry and plum that are better suited to the rich flavours of roast duck.

Cahors & Duck Confit

Duck Confit is a method of preserving duck where the meat is first cured and then slow-cooked in its own fat for hours. When eaten, this gives you a nice contrast of crispy skin to salty duck meat that melts in your mouth.

As such, Duck Confit requires a gusty wine with strong enough flavours to withstand the rich flavours and saltiness of the dish. Cahors is a Malbec driven red with a touch of Merlot and Tanat with notes of blackberry, fruit leather, tobacco, earth, and hints of chocolate and licorice. Cahors, while not as aggressive as a Cabernet Sauvignon, has enough tannin to stand up to Duck Confit, as well as complement the rich flavours with its blackberry, earth and licorice notes.

Aglianico & Confit Duck

We’re picking a harder to find wine here, but it will make for a superb pairing. A traditional Aglianico is a Southern Italy full-bodied red wine produced in the regions of Campania and Basilicata. When aged, Aglianico has a rustic leather, earth, smoked meat, dried fig and a truffle-like earthiness that makes it a star with Duck Confit.

The strong flavours of Aglianico easily hold up to the rich flavours and saltiness of Duck Confit. The dense tannin in this red wine cut through the fattiness found in the duck skin while Aglianico’s high acidity is refreshing against the saltiness of Duck Confit.

Modern Aglianico will still pair well with Duck Confit but expect less rustic flavours and more chocolatey and riper fruit flavours.

Pinot Gris and Duck à l’orange

Duck à l’orange features pot roasted duck served with a orange juice and stock based sauce. This leaves you with an intense meat flavour blended with a sweet and sour sauce that requires a white wine with enough acidity and body to handle both the sauce and the richness of the meat.

A Pinot Gris, particularly one from Alsace, is a ripe and rich white wine with spiced pear flavours that perfectly match the sweet & sour sauce. With its zesty acidity, Pinot Gris has no issues with cutting through the rich flavours of the roasted Duck as well.

Beaujolais and Duck à l’orange

Red wine will match up well to Duck à l’orange, but you need one that is low in tannin, like a Beaujolais, as the tannin will clash with the Sweet and Sour component of this dish. The fruity nature of Beaujolais doesn’t necessarily complement the orange flavours of Duck à l’orange, but it does blend well with the fruity nature of the sweet and sour sauce.


(out of 5)
Red WineAmaroneDuck4.5
White WineFrankstein Grand Cru - Pinot GrisDuck L'Orange4.5
BeerPilsnerDuck in Red Coconut Curry Sauce4.5
Red WineMerlotDuck4.5
Red WinePinot NoirDuck4.5
SherrySherry, AmontilladoSmoked Duck4.5
SherrySherry, OlorosoRoasted Duck4.5
Red WineAjaccio, Red AOCSmoked Duck Breast Filet4.5
White WineGewürztraminerDuck L'Orange4.5
Red WineVacqueyras (AOC)Duck Breast with Figs4.5
Red WineAmaronePasta with Duck Sauce4.5
Red WinePinot NoirRoasted Duck4.5
White WineRiesling, AusleseDuck L'Orange4.5
Red WineCahors AOCDuck Confit4.5
Red WineMadiran AOCRoasted Duck4.5
Red WineVacqueyras (AOC)Roasted Duckling4
Red WineCabernet FrancDuck4
Red WinePinot NoirPeking Duck4
Red WineMédocSmoked Duck4
Red WineBeaujolaisGrilled Duck4
White WineChenin BlancDuck Roasted4
White WineRiesling, AuslesePeking Duck4
White WineGewürztraminer, AlsaceDuck4
White WineAltenberg De Bergbieten Grand Cru - GewurztraminerDuck L'Orange4
Red WinePetit VerdotDuck4
White WineRieslingPeking Duck4
White WineGewürztraminerDuck with Curry Sauce4
White WineAltenberg De Bergheim Grand Cru - RieslingDuck L'Orange4
Red WineZinfandelRoasted Duck4
White WineEichberg Grand Cru - Pinot GrisDuck L'Orange4
Red WineMerlotGrilled Duck4
Red WineMencíaDuck4
Red WineMusigny, RedDuck Roasted4
Red WinePinot NoirGrilled Duck4
Red WineBordeaux AOC RedDuck4
Red WineBonnes-MaresPeking Duck4
Red WineBordeaux AOC RedRoasted Duck4
Red WineRhone, Red WineDuck4
Red WineBurgundy, RedDuck with Mushrooms4
Red WineCabernet SauvignonDuck4
Red WineBurgundy, RedRoasted Duck4
White WineGewürztraminerDuck with Fruit Sauce4
White WineRiesling, Spätlese Duck4
Red WinePinot NoirDuck with Mushrooms4
Red WineChâteauneuf du Pape, RedDuck4
Red WineAjaccio, Red AOCDuck Breast4
Red WineTannatDuck Confit4
Red WineChâteauneuf du Pape, RedRoasted Duck4
Red WineShirazDuck4
Red WinePinot NoirDuck L'Orange4
Red WineCabernet SauvignonDuck Confit4
Red WineCariñenaDuck4
Red WineMadiran AOCDuck Confit4
White WineCoteaux du Layon Sweet White WineDuck Breast4
Red WineSyrahDuck4
Red WineAnjous-VillagesDuck Breast4
Red WineAloxe Corton, RedDuck Breast4
BeerWeissbierCrispy Duck4
White WineGewürztraminerPeking Duck4
Red WineSaint-Émilion AOCDuck Confit4
DairyEisbockDuck Roasted4
Red WineZinfandelDuck4
White WineGewürztraminerDuck with Coriander3.5
LiquorArmagnac and Armagnac CocktailsDuck3.5
Red WineShirazRoasted Duck3.5
RoséChampagne, Rosé Duck with Black Pepper3.5
TeaTea, Assam, IndiaDuck with Coriander3.5
Red WineSyrahRoasted Duck3.5
Red WineBordeaux AOC RedGrilled Duck3.5
Red WineChâteauneuf du Pape, RedDuck with Black Pepper3.5
LiquorCognac and Cognac CocktailsDuck with Black Pepper3.5
Red WineAglianicoDuck3.5
White WineViognierRoasted Duck3.5
Red WineCabernet FrancGrilled Duck3.5
Red WinePinot NoirDuck with Black Pepper3.5
Red WineBarbaresco DOCGDuck3.5
Red WineShirazPeking Duck3.5
Red WineRhone, Red WineDuck with Curry Sauce3.5
Red WineGrenacheDuck3.5
Red WineCabernet SauvignonGrilled Duck3.5
Red WineShirazDuck with Black Pepper3.5
Red WineBaroloDuck3.5
Red WineSyrahPeking Duck3.5
Red WineHermitage, RedDuck with Curry Sauce3.5
Red WineBurgundy, RedSmoked Duck3.5
Red WineSyrahDuck with Black Pepper3.5
BeerPale AleDuck3.5
Red WineZinfandelPeking Duck3.5
Red WineCôte Rôtie (AOC)Duck with Curry Sauce3.5
White WineBurgundy, WhiteSmoked Duck3.5
Red WineSyrahGrilled Duck3.5
Red WineZinfandelDuck with Black Pepper3.5
Red WineBarbera DOCRoasted Duck3.5
Red WineCabernet SauvignonDuck with Fruit Sauce3.5
JuiceCranberry JuiceDuck3.5
Sparkling WineChampagne, Rosé Duck with Soy Sauce3.5
Red WineZinfandelGrilled Duck3.5
Red WineBarbera DOCBraised Duck3.5
Red WineBurgundy, RedDuck3.5
OtherHard CiderDuck with Fruit Sauce3.5
White WineGewürztraminer, AlsaceDuck with Soy Sauce3.5
Red WineSyrahBraised Duck3.5
Red WineBandol, Red AOCDuck Confit3.5
Red WineMalbecDuck Confit3.5
Red WineCabernet SauvignonRoasted Duck3.5
Red WineGrenacheDuck with Fruit Sauce3.5
SherrySherry, AmontilladoDuck3.5
Red WineBordeauxDuck Confit3.5
LiquorBourbon and Bourbon CocktailsDuck3.5
White WineMuscat, DryDuck with Fruit Sauce3.5
White WinePinot NoirDuck with Fruit Sauce3.5
BeerSake, AgedDuck3.5
LiquorCalvados, Basse-NormandieDuck3.5
Red WineRhone, Red WineRoasted Duck3.5
White WineRieslingDuck with Fruit Sauce3.5
Red WineBurgundy, RedPeking Duck3.5
Red WineMerlotDuck Confit3.5
LiquorCointreau and Cointreau based CocktailsDuck3.5
Red WineHermitage, RedRoasted Duck3.5
Dessert WineSauternesDuck with Fruit Sauce3.5
TeaTea, BlackDuck3.5
Red WineCôte Rôtie (AOC)Duck3.5
Red WinePinot NoirDuck Confit3.5
LiquorGrand Marnier and Grand Marnier CocktailsDuck3.5
Red WineCôte Rôtie (AOC)Roasted Duck3.5
White WineViognierDuck with Fruit Sauce3.5
TeaTea, DarjeelingDuck3.5
Red WinePinot NoirChinese Cuisine with Duck3.5
Red WineCôte Rôtie (AOC)Duck Roasted3.5
Red WineMerlotPeking Duck3.5
Red WineCôtes du Rhône, RedDuck3.5
Red WineSaint-Émilion AOCRoasted Duck3.5
Red WineZinfandelDuck with Fruit Sauce3.5


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