Duck brings an elegance and perhaps an intimidation factor to the table that other poultry can’t quite match. Not to worry though, we have a shortcut that may require some strategic shopping but is an otherwise relatively simple dish to prepare that yields great rewards.
Toasted baguette, duck confit, fig jam and a little Smoky Blue cheese from Oregon’s Rogue Creamery, voila! The Rogue Smokey Blue is one of the best cheeses in the country and has the awards to prove it. If there is such a thing as a bucket list cheese, this is it. Paired with the savory duck and earthy fig jam, this is an appetizer that can hold up to the boldest of red wines. The complex black fruits and smoke that are Syrah answer the call of this rich, sweet and savory dish.
Rising Wines Collective has a number of wines that would create a magical food and wine pairing for the Duck Confit and we have selected the Troon 2020 Garrigue Syrah. The intense fruit of this Southern Oregon Syrah complements the complex, strong blue cheese flavors. The smokiness of the blue cheese returns the favor and plays with the inherent savory smoky character of the Syrah grape. Figs add the final flavor element bringing that earth fruitiness and stewed character that enhances the jamminess of this wonderful wine. Go ahead and go for duck, and raise a few eyebrows at your next buffet table.