Tips for Pork and Wine Pairing

Pork and wine pairing

Want to impress your friends with a pork dinner this weekend? Why not go one step further and learn how to pair pork and wine like a pro:

Roast Pork

Roast pork wine pairing

The succulent, sweet and juicy flavour or roast pork – along with the rich and crunchy crackling – is particularly well suited to a white wine with mid-range body and flavour. Other suitable wine pairings include:

White wine:

  • Chardonnay with peach, stone fruit and citrus flavours – can be warm climate, cool climate or oak-matured
  • Pinot Gris
  • Verdelho
  • Sauvignon Blanc

Red wine:

  • A savoury Pinot Noir
  • Spanish style Garnache
  • Tempranillo
  • Sangiovese
  • Chianti

Tip: Avoid heavy reds like shiraz or cabernet, as these won’t balance well with the roast pork flavours.

Pulled Pork

Pulled pork wine pairing

The richness, spice and flavour of slow-cooked pulled pork works well with bold, flavoursome and bright wines like:

Red wine:

  • Pinot Noir
  • Tempranillo
  • Sangiovese
  • Merlot/Merlot Blends

White wine:

  • Semillon-Sauvignon Blends
  • Riesling
  • Semillon
  • Verdelho
  • Arneis

BBQ Ribs

Pork ribs wine pairing

BBQ ribs are usually slow cooked in a marinade until they are sweet, sticky and falling off the bone. This richness calls for equally rich flavoured wines. Consider pairing BBQ ribs with Rosé or:

Red wine:

  • Pinot Noir
  • Sangiovese
  • Grenache
  • Merlot

White wine:

  • Pinot Grigio
  • Semillon
  • Riesling
  • Cool-Climate Chardonnay
  • Moscato

Pork Pie

Although it’s traditional to pair pork pie with a pint of bitter, wine can be equally as delicious. Most pork pies – with their rich slow cooked meat, herbs and spices – work well with wines of reasonably high acidity, as they help to cut through the fattiness. We recommend pairing pork pie with the following white wines:

  • Riesling
  • Western Australia Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc
  • Oaked Chardonnay
  • Viognier

Pork Chops with Apple Sauce

This simple but delicious meal can be taken to the next level with the right wine pairing. Consider pairing pork chops with white wines including:

  • Cool-Grown Chardonnay
  • Arneis
  • French White Burgundy
  • Unoaked Chardonnay with grilled nut and peach flavours

Pork Curry

Pork curry wine pairing

To work well with a curry, wine needs to have plenty of bright fruit and soft tannins or crisp acidity. Consider Rosé or red wines like:

  • Grenache
  • Shiraz
  • Pinot Noir

Glazed Ham

Ham wine pairing

Glazed ham is usually eaten during celebratory occasions, so Champagne, Rosé or Sparkling Wine (white or red) is the perfect accompaniment. Otherwise, choose a red wine without too much power or tannins, like:

  • Sangiovese
  • Pinot Noir
  • Tempranillo

This information is adapted from Cellar Masters. Now that you’ve got your pork and wine knowledge, why not scrub up on your beef and wine know-how?

Craving roast pork? Why not head to your local Woolworths and pick up some of our Cedric Walter Hot Roast Pork!