Holiday Wine Pairing: Duck Breasts with Raspberry Sauce & a bottle of…

Are you getting ready to prepare a holiday feast?

In all honesty, raspberries may be the perfect fruit twist when it comes to duck. The tangy, berry sweet flavors mesh well with the juicy meat, and it’s simply delicious. If you are tired of turkey and ham, and would like to surprise guests with an elegant dish for the holidays…look no further.

Feel free to do potato wedges as a side too - I bet they’d taste great with the raspberry sauce seeping underneath them.

Duck Breasts with Raspberry Sauce 

Ingredients (credit: AllRecipes.com)

  • 4 duck breast halves
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons demerara sugar
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup creme de cassis liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 4 ounces raspberries


Preheat oven on broiler setting. Use a fork to score the duck breasts through the skin and fat but not all the way through to the meat.

Heat a large heavy skillet on medium high. Fry the duck breasts skin side down, until the skin browns and fat runs out, about 10 minutes. Remove the breasts from the pan, and pour off most of the fat. Return breasts to pan, and fry skin side up for another 10 minutes. Remove breasts from pan, and allow to rest on a baking sheet. Mix the sea salt, cinnamon and Demerara sugar together and sprinkle over the skin of the duck breasts. Pour most of the fat out of the frying pan.

Mix together the red wine, cassis, and cornstarch in a small bowl. Pour into the pan, and simmer for 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thickened. Add raspberries, and simmer for another minute until heated through.

Broil the duck breasts skin side up, until the sugar begins to caramelize, about 1 minute. Slice the duck breasts thinly, pour a little sauce over the top, and serve warm.

Wine Pairings:

Pinot Noir - a nice red wine with red berry, cherry, and truffles.

Viognier - a white wine with honeysuckle and vanilla on the nose, mixed with peach and honey flavors


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