Which Wine with Pork Dishes?
For a safe bet, most people stick to red wine with pork. If you go for a
fruity grenache or a rich burgundy you will be invariably delighted. A good
strong red wine with pork will rarely disappoint anybody. However, the rules
can and should be broken.
Our Wine with Pork suggestions
A particular delight was the Grande Estude Grenache Merlot, 2002 wine from
Laithwaites which complemented a roast pork joint beautifully.
A well aged cabernet sauvignon goes nicely with rich pork sausages, and most
particularly the herby sausages that seem to be very popular at the moment.
Beaujolais is often recommended with Roast Pork, but I have to say I have
been unimpressed by that pairing on quite a few occasions.
I read that famous British chef Rick Stein recommends Cote du Rhone wines
as a great accompaniment to traditional British Bangers and Mash. Rick is
absolutely right. The Grenache grape that makes up about 40% of a bottle of
Cote du Rhone with its spicy, berry notes is a great foil for British pork
sausages. Naturally enough the same variety goes with those famous Spanish
choritzo sausages, but if you are eating Spanish, why not drink Spanish too
with a full bodied Tempranillo?
If you fancy being more adventurous, then a white Semillon or Sauvignon Blanc
can go well. The apple taste of a dry sauvignon goes with roast pork like
...well, like pork goes with apples.
Sweeter Pork dishes and Chianti are an interesting combination to try as
well. However it doesn't always work. Once this worked a treat and we repeated
it twice. The second time it worked beautifully again, but the third time
we tried Chianti with pork, were having simple pork chops and the Chianti
overpowered the meal.
Bacon and eggs are usually served in the morning and drinking any wine except
champagne before noon is a non starter. But... and this blew me away when
I first tried it, Champagne does actually work really welll with bacon and
eggs. The food must not be swimming in fat, but be light and delicious. Eggs
benedict, thick dry rashers and a buttery bottle of bubbly make a wicked weekend
treat for a special someone.
The chocolaty dark fruit at the heart of a bottle of Argento Malbec is one
of my favourite pairings with Pork. A light vanilla and subtle oak finish
leaves the palate perfectly set for another mouthful of sweet succulent meat.
Waitrose has recently been offering some really good Grenache wines. Look out for Spanish Garnacha (it's the same grape). Although the fruity and jammy-sweet wines of Spain are sometimes looked down on by francofile grape lovers, these are often the very best wines to go with pork.