Why you shouldn't go for Pinot Noir, according to Jennifer Docherty MW.
Peking duck and wine pairing – ask Decanter
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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.
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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