Four favourite wine matches for coq au vin
Today (May 29th) is bizarrely National Coq au Vin day (who on earth decides these things?) and here, on cue, are four of my favourite wine pairings for this classic French dish.
So far as I can make out the original recipe comes from Burgundy though I’m sure other regions would contest this - and it makes sense to drink the same or a similar wine to the one you use to pour over the chook. I'd recommend a light to medium-bodied red with good acidity.
The classic match - sometimes the dish is called coq au Chambertin which really would be rather grand. No need to spend that much obviously. Use a minor red burgundy to make the dish and the best one you can afford to drink with it
Other Burgundian-style pinot noirs
Same logic. I would choose one with a bit of acidity though rather than a very fruit-driven one. German spätburgunder, New Zealand or Oregon pinot noir, for example
Like a Morgon.
A southern Rhône or Languedoc red
This will give a more rustic result but is a) perfectly satisfying and b) quite a bit cheaper than good red burgundy. Own label Côte du Rhône for example is particularly good value to cook with.
If the dish is made with white wine - such as coq au riesling in Alsace - it obviously makes sense to drink white wine rather than red.
If you want to try your hand at an authentic coq au vin here's a recipe from The Balthazar Cookbook.
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