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A sweet wine is ideal but a dry white can also be suitable in some cases:

The ideal appellations to match wine and foie gras

For sweet wines, Jurançon and Monbazillac in the southwest will be adapted. The Gewurztraminer d'Alsace is also perfect, or the Sauternes in the Bordeaux region. If you opt for a dry white wine with your foie gras, the Loire appellations such as Vouvray, Savennières and Saumur are ideal. Old white wines from the Graves in Bordeaux or the Côtes-de-Provence in Provence also correspond. If you want to surprise, choose the red wine option with your foie gras, the old vintages will be your best allies, in the Médoc and Haut-Médoc in Bordeaux, Chinon and Saumur in the Loire.

Sweet wine and foie gras: the not so obvious combination

The association between foie gras and its wine depends mainly on when it is served at the table. Sweet wine with foie gras is a popular association, but it may annihilate the flavours of the other wines served after the foie gras as a starter, which will be too light after the sweet wine.

Let's take the counterfoot of the majority: let's serve foie gras and its wine between the dish and the dessert! This delicious dish goes perfectly with a sweet wine that accompanies its sweetness. Be careful not to serve the foie gras with a too heady wine that would sweeten the tongue too much to taste the subtle flavors of this Christmas dish.

White wine or red wine and foie gras: as many choices of bottles as recipes

If you prefer to keep the place of foie gras as an appetizer in the meal and change the wine with which your foie gras will be served, we advise you, in white, dry wines with a nice density, without compromising freshness. For this reason, a white wine that has waited a few years will be more suitable.

Red wine can also be used with foie gras, especially with fried foie gras! It should not be too harsh, with fairly light tannins and spicy aromas.

Wine and foie gras: a thorny issue

"What to drink with foie gras?", this question comes up every Christmas around many tables, and it is difficult, the choice of wine to serve with foie gras being multiple. Foie gras, from Alsace or the South-West, from duck or goose, is a good accompaniment to wine. It is a luxury dish, with a sweet taste and melting texture, it pleases all generations and contributes to the reputation of French gastronomy abroad... just like wine! But then how can wine and foie gras, such a delicate product, be combined?

PS: if you don't know what to give to your friends, consider offering wine for Christmas!

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