Wild Boar & Wine Pairing

Wild Boar requires bold reds with lots of tannin and personality. Shiraz, Amarone, Barolo, Barbaresco, Cabernet Sauvignon, Super Tuscan, and Brunello all have the weight and body to stand up to a meaty and juicy wild boar dinner.

Wild Boar Cuts

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Wild Board and Shiraz

Wild Boar is a leaner but stronger flavoured and gamier meat than pork.  Due to the stronger flavours, it demands complex and bold wines.  Our number one pick would be a rich and spicy Shiraz or Syrah.  This dark fruit flavoured wine will show off its richness and complexity when paired with barbecued or roasted pork.

Barolo and Wild Boar

Wild Boar really needs to be eaten practically rare in order to keep it from going dry, and to keep the meat juicy.  If prepared in this fashion, complex and tannic reds such as Barolo, Barabresco, BrunelloCabernet Sauvignon or Super Tuscan like Grattamacco Rossowill will be fantastic.

Amarone and Wild Boar

A lush Amarone with spicy dark fruit flavor is also exceptional! We prefer a more traditional style of Amarone which features caramel, earthy, and dried black cherry flavours. Traditional Amarone is oak aged, but does not have the vanilla or coconut flavours that a modern style Amarone have.

Amarone has a lot of tannin and requires years of aging, but a medium-rare wild boar will help tame this wine. Meanwhile, the concentrated fruit flavours marry well with the intense taste of wild boar.

Barbera and Wild Boar

If the wild boar leans towards more a well done preparation (such as a wild boar stew) lighter reds, such as Barbera and Dolcetto will be more suitable.

Dopplebock and Roasted Wild Boar

Doppelbock is just maddeningly delicious with wild boar, especially cuts that include crispy skin. This beer has a sweet malt flavour but smells like fresh dark bread straight out of a stone oven. It’s that sweet malt flavour that burrows in and draws out the subtle sweet flavours of the the boar.

Other fantastic beers to consider are Dunkel, Porter, English Brown Ale, Scotch Ale and Rauchbier.

Special thanks to io9 and Lauren Davis for mentioning us and our Wild Boar and Wine Pairing for their Post-Apocalypse pairings.  I got a great hoot out of it, as well as stocked my wine cellar appropriately for such a day.

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