It’s true that we love highlighting quick and delicious recipes here in our wine pairings. However, sometimes it’s fun to switch things up and choose a recipe that is a bit fancier. This Duck with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce and Lentils from Savory Simple is one of those fancier recipes that takes about an hour to prepare. With pan-fried duck with a red wine sauce served over French lentils with kale on the side, it looks well worth the effort. Especially when you can enjoy it with one of these red wines.
Duck with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce and Wine Pairing
This dish has several layers to consider from the earthy mushrooms to the hearty and savory lentils to the flavorful duck. Because duck can be fairly fatty, it helps to have a wine with some acidity to cut through the fat. It’s also nice to have a wine with a mix of fruity and earthy components to match those found in this dish. All of these wines would be excellent matches for this elegant meal.
Pinot Noir: Erath Estate Selection Pinot Noir ~ $32
Pinot Noir is the first thing that often comes to mind when thinking of duck, not to mention anything with mushrooms. This Oregon Pinot has a mix of red berry fruit (cranberries, cherries), along with some floral notes and some earthiness that will balance nicely with the rich earthy mushrooms and lentils.
Bordeaux Red Blend: Duckhorn Howell Mountain Red ~ $76
When tasted young, this wine is big, bold, and robust, full of dark berries, cassis, cocoa, herbs and spices, coffee, and minty notes. Allow it some age and time to breathe and the brooding power will mellow out a bit, but those earthy and herbal notes will still be there, along with more mellow berry flavors, that will all sing with the flavorful duck and hearty lentils. This is a fantastic option for a romantic date night.
Bordeaux Red Blend: Chateau de Macard Bordeaux Superieur ~ $15
A mix of herbal aromas along with spice, oak, pepper, blueberry, and black berry fruits can be found on this wine. Decant this or allow it to open up for some time, and more berry fruit will emerge making it a lovely pairing for the gamey meat and earthy mushrooms and lentils.
Rhone Red Blend: Torbreck Cuvee Juveniles ~ $24
This blend of 62% Grenache, 23% Shiraz, and 15% Mataro from Australia is bold and expressive with juicy blackberries, black cherries, raspberries, chocolate, and spice, with mild tannins. The dominant berry fruit flavors will be a nice contrast to the earthy and savory dish providing a nice balance.
Rhone Red Blend: Paul Jaboulet Aîné Côtes du Rhône Parallèle 45 ~ $12
This blend of Grenache and Syrah comes from the Rhône Valley in France. It’s a medium bodied wine with a mix of red and black berry flavors along with some pepper and spice notes, with mild tannins and a smooth mouthfeel. This is a nice bargain and great option for an elegant weeknight dinner.
Other Recipe & Wine Pairings
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- Comté Cheese and Mushroom Fondue and Wine Pairing
- Crab, Avocado, and Bean Crostini and Wine Pairing
- Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup and Wine Pairing
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