Peking duck and wine pairing – ask Decanter

Peking duck and wine pairing – ask Decanter

Why you shouldn’t go for Pinot Noir, according to Jennifer Docherty MW.

Peking duck and wine pairing – ask Decanter

This article first appeared on our sister site DecanterChina.com

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.


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Red wines

Alternatively, a riper Syrah/Shiraz with fine tannins and low acidity should also be nice. Try an Australian Shiraz from Clare Valley.

If you’d like to be more adventurous, try a nicely balanced Crozes-Hermitage Syrah from the Northern Rhône, for a nice balance.

Jennifer Docherty MW is the first ethnically Chinese and Mandarin speaking Master of Wine. She is currently buyer at Liberty Wines, and a contributor to DecanterChina.com.

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