When my husband said, "Let's do the Peking Duck tasting," I said, "That's a lot of duck. How are they going to create 4 courses out of duck?" They did a superb job of creating 4 completely different dishes out of one duck which had been roasted to perfection.. We chose the wine pairing option, and that was a fantastic choice. The sommelier was wonderful. The pours were generous, each selection paired perfectly with the flavors of the dishes.
The first course featured duck carved table side and served in small pancakes with slivers of onion and cucumber with a dash of hoison sauce. This was paired with a port wine. The second was a Chardonnay paired with a crisp duck salad. Third was a duck soup with noodles and broth paired with a white wine made from a grape I'd never heard of, but loved the flavors in tandem. Next was a duck stir fry with rice and mushrooms paired with a German red wine. I thought that was a bit odd, since the Germans are known more for their white grapes than their reds, but I quite liked the combination. Finally dessert featured a creamy mousse-like concoction with a hard black & white chocolate shell, a dessert wine, and some mini chocolates as well.
Often when we order a wine pairing with a meal I am disappointed with the small pours. Not so here. I was able to have a sip with each bite, if I wanted to, and have a little bit to savor at the end of the course.
Overall, an impressive and fun adventure! But get out your wallet, because it's really expensive.
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