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Wine Pairing
Deer Stew

Meat Stew

Pairing Suggestions

If Mild (Younger Animal)

Chianti Classico (Italy)
Châteauneuf-du-Pape (France)
Côte-Rôtie (France)
Côtes du Rhône North (France)
Zinfandel (USA)
Rich Pinot Noir (USA)

If Strong (Older Animal)

Syrah from Cortona (Italy)
Shiraz (Australia)
Barolo (Italy)
Barbaresco (Italy)
Amarone (Italy)
Brunello di Montalcino (Italy)
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Italy)
Bordeaux (France)
Cabernet Sauvignon (USA)
Petit Verdot (France)


Deer Stew (Venison) is rich, gamey and lean.

Full of strong and earthy flavors it does not like astringent tannins but adores velvety mouth feel.

Applying congruent (shared flavors) philosophy, the best match is a red wine, medium to full bodied with highlights of dark fruit and berries.

Venison's wild taste will melt together with intense black cherry, black currant and blueberry aromas.

Wild vs Farmed Meat

Wild game has a completely different muscle/fat mass than factory farmed meat. It is leaner due to the amount of exercise and natural diet.

Wild animals use their muscles on a daily basis to run, digg and competing, while farm animals are sedentary, eating and sleeping most of the day.

The meat of free-ranging animals tastes different because they forage on native forest bushes, fragrant herbs and wild berries.

The best way to prepare wild game is by keeping it moist and juicy, to avoid the chewy/woody feeling. It is also the best way to preserve the natural minerals.

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