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Which wine to choose with your foie gras

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Which wine to choose with foie gras?

Foie gras goes well with very different wines. Although it is traditionally served with white wine, especially with a sweet white, fruity or sweet wine, it can also be served with red wine or champagne!

A sweet Sauternes white wine type wine

The association of foie gras with a sweet or fruity wine is the most common. Indeed, the aromas of these two products sublimate and combine perfectly. It is preferable to choose a white wine that is not too heavy in sugar and that is a few years old. Sauternes white wine is perfectly suitable. With this type of association, it is possible to serve foie gras as a starter, but also as a dessert, just before dessert.

A sweet white wine or a dry white wine

Foie gras goes perfectly with a soft white wine, especially if it is served with a sweet condiment such as onion or fig jam. Among the sweet white wines that go best with foie gras are Bergerac, Côtes de Gascogne, Jurançon or Gaillac but also Alsace wines such as Pinot Gris or Gewurztraminer. Rarer and sometimes surprising, the association of foie gras with dry white wine can be interesting. In this case, you should avoid wines with too much acidity.

A red wine

Foie gras is more and more served with red wine. This association allows not to charge the papillae too much when the foie gras is served as a starter, while revealing its flavors. In this case, it is advisable to opt for a great red wine such as Saint Emilion or Pommerol, several years old. On the other hand, you should avoid wines that are too green and too light.

A champagne

Foie gras can also be served with champagne. The choice of champagne varies according to the type of foie gras but also its accompaniment. With a goose foie gras, it is advisable to serve a fresh and light champagne while with a duck foie gras, it is preferable to opt for a more powerful champagne. On the other hand, if the foie gras is accompanied by a sweet condiment, it is best to serve it with a mellow champagne. Champagne can also be replaced by a Crémant de Bourgogne or a Crémant de Limoux for example.

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