that is especially identified with the Côte d’Or (golden hillside).This Burgundy viticulture area is a near monoculture of the grape that demands precise soil and weather conditions to produce the high quality fruit that creates the world’s most luxuriously sensual wine. The other ‘superpower’ pinot noir producer is the American Côte d’Or in the Russian River Valley50
inland from the Pacific Ocean. As two of the world’s leading wine areas there is a continual exchange between Northern Californian and French winemakers. Not surprisingly, San Francisco and Paris are sister cities that share many cultural attributes—including passionate food and wine cultures. Wine aficionados on both sides of the Atlanticagree that if the other great wine capital, Bordeaux, is the brainyaristocratic that you respect—Burgundy is the charming femmethat wins your heart and never lets go. The wine pairing belowreflects that element of charm that has made it a secret gem poured in many top US restaurants--including world famous French Laundry in Napa.
Côte d'Or Duck
(adapted from Epicurious)
Ingredients for the duck:
1 tablespoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin1 teaspoon black pepper 1 (5- to 6-lb) Long Island or Pekin duck 1 juice orange, halved 4 fresh thyme sprigs4 fresh marjoram sprigs2 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs