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Best Wine Pairings With Pork by Cut and Cuisine

Karen Frazier
Pork roast and red wine

There isn't a single wine pairing with pork. Because pork can take on so many flavor profiles, the wines you pair with it will vary according to the preparation and type of pork you use.

Pair Pinot Noir With Simple Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin has relatively mild flavors, so you'll want a light to medium bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

Try Sangiovese for Pork With Sweet Sauces

Pork tenderloin with a sweet sauce, such as maple or honey, will pair well with Sangiovese and its Italian counterparts. The tannins in the wine will balance the sweet and fat in the pork.

Enjoy Moscato d'Asti With Pork With Mustard

If you like to make your pork with a mustard-based sauce, then lightly sweet, fizzy Moscato d'Asti is a delightful pairing. The sweetness, aromatics, and bubbles in the wine balance the spicy bite of the mustard with neither element overpowering the other. Try the Rivata Moscato d'Asti.

Combine Chardonnay With Pork and Apples

Chardonnay is a chameleon with food, and it pairs especially well with pork tenderloin made with apples.

Enjoy Riesling With Asian Pork

For pork dishes cooked with spicier or Asian flavor profiles, enjoy a crisp German Riesling Kabinett wine. German Kabinett Rieslings are dry with racy acidity to balance the spices in the pork. Try Dr. Heidemanns Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett.

Pair Sauvignon Blanc With Herbed Pork

Pork roasted with herbs is delicious with herbaceous and dry Sauvignon Blanc. The herbs in the dish will harmonize with the wine's grassy character while the acidity in the wine will balance the fattiness. Try a Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough in New Zealand, such as Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc.

Drink Grenache With Grilled Pork

With its smoky yet sweetly earthy character, grilled pork pairs well with wines that have a similar flavor profile.

Try Pinot Grigio for Grilled or Smoked Pork Shoulder

With lively crisp acidity, Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris works especially well for grilled pork shoulder. The wine's acidity will cut through the fattiness of the pork shoulder while the aromas mix well with the smoky, earthy flavors of the pork. Try Schiopetto Pinot Grigio from Friuli, Italy.

Enjoy Zinfandel or Primitivo With Pulled Pork

Pulled pork, with its smoky, barbecued flavor works well with a zippy wine. or Primitivo from Italy. The spiciness of the Zinfandel enhances the spicy flavors in the barbecue sauce.

Rhône Style Blends Pair With Barbecued Pork Chops

Wine blends from France's Rhône region that contain Syrah and Grenache have a nice spiciness that will blend well with barbecued pork chops.

Enjoy Rosé Wine With Smoked or Grilled Pork Chops

Pair a summer wine with a summer activity. If you've grilled up a batch of pork chops, then a crisp, light rosé is a great accompaniment. Choose a medium-pink rosé from Provence, France to balance your grilled pork chops perfectly such as Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé.

Try Chenin Blanc With Ham, Bacon, or Cured Pork

Ham and bacon tend to have sweet, salty, and smoky flavors that hold up well to the crisp acidity of Chenin Blanc. The acidity will also cut through the fat, while citrus and apple flavors balance the smoke and pork. Try a Chenin Blanc from South Africa such as deMorgenzon Chenin Blanc Reserve.

Antipasto platter and white wine

Drink Malbec With Pork Sausage

Inky, deeply flavored Malbec is the perfect foil for spicy pork sausage. The deep, mysterious flavors of the Malbec won't overpower or be overpowered by the spiciness of the sausage. Try a Malbec from Argentina such as Wapisa Malbec.

Pair Pinotage With Spicy Pork Sausage

South African Pinotage, such as Kanonkop Pinotage from Stellenbosch, is a surprisingly delicious pairing with pork dishes made with spicy pork sausage, such as Italian sausage or chorizo. The wine is robust and complex, making it the perfect foil for the spices in the spices in the sausage.

Guidelines for Pork and Wine Pairing

As a rule of thumb in wine and food pairing, you want to match like flavors and heaviness in both the food and the wine, so that neither overwhelms the other. If you make other pork dishes, use the following guidelines to help you pair a wine.

  • Cut fattiness with tannins or acidity. So for a very fatty piece of meat, choose a tannic red like a Cabernet Sauvignon or an acidic white such as a Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Serve oaked white wines with pork that has creamy sauces.
  • For spice, pair pork with a similarly spicy wine, such as a Zinfandel or a Gewürztraminer. Alternatively cut the spice with a sweeter wine like a Riesling or a jammy wine such as a Shiraz.
  • Pair a red wine with a red sauce.
  • Pair mushroom based dishes with earthy wines such as Pinot Noir.

Enjoyable Wine and Pork Pairings

While there are many suggestions for pairing wine and pork, the best advice experts typically offer is this: choose a wine you love and pair it with a food you love. There are no absolute rules when pairing food and wine. What ultimately matters is your enjoyment of that pairing. Give the above pairings a try for a really enjoyable pork dinner.

Best Wine Pairings With Pork by Cut and Cuisine