Lettuce wraps. There are a whole world of potentially fillings for lettuce wraps out there. WhatsCook.in featured a delicious, spicy boldly flavored version with duck as an element in a Chinese New Year’s feast and in some ways the flavors of that wrap are so typically of many Chinese meat-based dishes that I thought it worth pairing with wine, but what wine you ask? Well, in this case, because of the heat, spice and richness of the dish I’d opt once again for an off-dry sparkling wine, but this time a red one!
Sparkling Shiraz or, even better, Malbec, would be an ideal match here, though an excellent Italian Lambrusco would work well, too. The spice of the dish would be tempered by the sweet edge of the wine and the rich flavors of the wine would meld with the deep, complex flavors of the duck.