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What wine goes best with Pheasant, Duck, and Quail?...

A Fine Wine and Fowl Pairing

Roast fowl cooked in and served with wine

Which wine with fowl? Which fowl with wine?

Remember, if you cook your fowl in a wine that you wouldn't, couldn't, shouldn't drink you may end up with a foul dish. This delicious fowl, also known as poultry, was cooked in wine, and served with wine. It's usually a good idea to cook with the same wine that you'll be drinking. Don't ever cook with a wine that you won't drink. Of course if you are going to accompany your quail with a great vintage Burgundy from the back of your wine cellar, you may be forgiven for cooking it with a fine vintage Burgundy from the middle of your wine cellar. Life is full of compromises.

Choosing a Wine to Match Your Fowl Dish

Try some of these great combinations and you may not want to go back to chicken. But some of our chicken and wine pairings are great as well. Whether you select your wine or your fowl dish first, check our tables to get a great match that brings out the best in the fowl and the wine. There's nothing like the right wine and food marriage.

Wine fowl information guide icon The following table presents food and wine pairing information, sorted by fowl dish. When you click on any fowl dish a new page pops up telling you more about that dish and providing additional wine suggestions. Wine fowl information guide icon

Poultry Dish Recommended Wines
Confit de Duck Beaujolais, Shiraz, Zinfandel
Duck Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Duck à l'orange Gewurztraminer, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Noir
Game Hen Beaujolais, Merlot
Pheasant Bordeaux (Red), Hermitage, Syrah
Quail Bandol, Burgundy (Red), Pinot Noir
Roast Duck Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Côte Rotie, Pinot Noir
Roast Goose Chinon, Pinot Noir (Oregon or Calif.)
Roast Turkey Beaujolais, Côtes du Rhône, Zinfandel

Wine fowl purchase guide iconThe following table presents wine and food pairing information, sorted by wine, rather than by fowl dish. When you click on any wine a new page pops up telling you what you need to know about that wine. This short page makes specific purchase recommendations, usually in three price ranges. Wine fowl purchase guide icon
WineWine Type Recommended Poultry Dish
Bandol Powerful French Red Quail
BeaujolaisFruity French Red Confit de Duck, Game Hen
BeaujolaisFruity French Red Roast Turkey
Bordeaux (Red) Classic French Wine Pheasant
Burgundy (Red)Classic French Wine Quail
Cabernet SauvignonRed Variety Duck
Chateauneuf-du-PapeClassic French Red Roast Duck
Chinon Light French Red Roast Goose
Côte RotieClassic French Red Roast Duck
Côtes du RhôneFrench Red Roast Turkey
GewurztraminerWhite Variety Duck à l'orange
HermitageClassic French Red Pheasant
Merlot Red Variety Duck, Game Hen
Pinot BiancoWhite Variety Duck à l'orange
Pinot Noir Red Variety Duck à l'orange, Quail, Roast Duck
Pinot Noir (Ore. or Calif.) Red Variety Roast Goose
ShirazRed Variety Confit de Duck
SyrahRed Variety Pheasant
Zinfandel Red Variety Confit de Duck, Roast Turkey

For my food pairing experiences with French wine read

My French wine articles

For my food pairing experiences with German wine read
My German wine articles

For my food pairing experiences with Italian wine read
My Italian wine articles

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