Best wine for Pork Chops

There are some rules that you should follow when pairing wine and pork. To find the best wine for pork chops, you need to consider the fattiness of the pork. What kind of wine will work with that? The point of wine pairing is to combine flavors to maximum effect, preventing one from overwhelming the other.

Things to consider when pairing with Pork

How to deal with that fattiness? Wines that have high tannins or are high in acidity are perfect to cut straight through the fattiness.

Reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon are a great option to cut through the fat, and even whites such as Sauvignon Blanc are great at doing the same job due to the high acidity. If the pork is accompanied by a lot of spice, you could match the spice with wines such as Zinfandel. On the other hand, if you want to cut the spice, Riesling would be a good choice. 

It is vital to know what wines go with what sauces. If it is a red sauce, red wine will pair with your dish, and vice versa. If you are having a white sauce, a white wine will pair with your dish. Similarly, it is best to pair earthy wines such as Pinot noir with dishes that include earthy ingredients, like mushrooms for example.

New Zealand/Australian Rosé

A new world rosé wine would be an excellent wine for a dish such as pork chops and Dijonnaise. The dish consists of a spicy mustard sauce, cooked with white wine, and includes onions and mashed potatoes. 

The mustard sauce makes this meal spicy. Garlic and the onions make it even spicier. Consequently, it is best to go for a new world rosé wine to balance out the spiciness of the dish. The fruitiness of the rosé wine will tame the spiciness coming from the garlic, onions, and mustard sauce. You will then appreciate the dish much more.

Rosé wine is the perfect match for this dish. The acidity will cut through the mustard sauce. Consequently, this allows the wine to stop the sauce from overpowering the dish. 

Flavors such as cranberry, redcurrant, morello cherry, and raspberry are all flavors you may experience in a glass of rosé. However, this depends on where it is grown. In countries such as France, you may experience flavors such as cranberry and potentially red currants. In the US, you may experience flavors such as raspberry and morello cherry, especially if it is produced in California.

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a red wine that pairs perfectly with loin sirloin chops, cut from the rib sections of the pig. 

The pork chops in this dish are tender, and extremely flavourful, meaning that it has to be cooked at the right temperature for the right amount of time because the pork chops dry out easily.

Pinot Noir is a sound selection for this dish. The lean, tender, and flavorful pork chops require a medium body and acidity. The Pinot Noir’s soft tannins will complement the pork, while its notes of cherries and raspberries will add sweetness to balance the dish’s savory elements.

Pinot Noir is a fruity wine, with low tannins and relatively high acidity. The fruitiness of the wine is a crucial element of the wine that makes it pair so well with the pork chops. Fruits such as cranberry, cherry, and raspberry are all fruits that you may taste with a glass of Pinot Noir. However, this is subject to where it is produced.

In cooler climates such as France, Germany, and Italy, you may experience flavors such as cranberry and red cherry. Whereas in the warmer climates, such as California, Central Otago (NZ), and South Australia, you may experience flavors such as raspberry and black plum.

For many fans of pork chops, a glass of Pinot Noir is the wine of choice.

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay is another great wine that pairs well with pork chops. Especially pork chops that have a citrus flavor that runs through them. 

Chardonnay is a very fruity wine, and is not as dry as a few white wines, meaning it does have a sweet element to it. As a result, this will combat the citrus flavors in the dish, thus creating a good combination. Additionally, Chardonnay is a chameleon for white wines, and pork is a chameleon for meats, meaning that there is always a Chardonnay to pair with pork.

Flavors such as yellow apple, starfruit, and pineapple may be present in a glass of chardonnay, and this would be perfect with a pork chop dish. For instance, the combination of yellow apple and pork is wonderful. Many people decide to have applesauce with their pork to add extra flavor to their meal, so having a glass of wine that contains apple flavors will compliment pork perfectly.

However, this does depend on where it is produced. France is the biggest producer of chardonnay, followed by the USA and then Australia. In cooler climates, such as France, quince and starfruit are common flavors that you will experience in a glass of chardonnay. Whereas in the warmer areas, like California, pineapple and yellow apple flavors are more prevalent.

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Zinfandel

Zinfandel is another great wine that pairs perfectly with pork chops. In particular, Zinfandel is best with barbecue pork chops. 

The reason for this is that the silkiness of Zinfandel cuts through the smokiness of the barbecue pork chops. Not only is it silky, Zinfandel is an extremely fruity wine, with blackberry and strawberry flavors, meaning that this will help cut through the smoky taste that resides from the pork chops.

As mentioned above, flavors such as blackberry and strawberry are present in a glass of Zinfandel, but so are loganberry and raisins. However, this is subject to where it is produced. In the cooler climates, loganberry and strawberry are flavors that are consistent in a glass of Zinfandel. Whereas in the warmer climates, flavors such as blackberry and raisins are more consistent.

Zinfandel is largely produced in the USA, and the best bottles of Zinfandel are grown in Napa, Sonoma, Pasa Robles, and the Sierra foothills. These are slightly warmer climates, so flavors such as blackberry and raisins may be more consistent in a bottle that is produced here. 

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Pinot Grigio and Riesling

Pinot Grigio is another good choice to consider for pork chops. However, it must come in a certain way for it to be fully appreciated with your meal. For example, it needs to be a pear-colored Pinot Grigio, to ensure that you get that hint of juice. Additionally, Riesling is another great wine to have with your pork chops, offering hints of juiciness to enjoy your meal with.

As mentioned earlier, with pork it is vital to pair wines and the dish like-for-like. For example, earlier I mentioned that if you are having a red sauce, have a glass of red wine, white sauce, and white wine, and if there are spices, pair it with a spicy wine. However, there is no harm in trying an alternative method. For instance, cutting the spice with a sweet wine like Riesling may be the perfect pairing for you.

Especially for people that do not prefer spicy foods, you can enjoy spicier foods by having a fruitier wine. Riesling does this perfectly. This is because Riesling is a fruity wine, with flavors such as lime and green apple. Furthermore, you may be able to experience other flavors such as pear, nectarine, apricot, and cantaloupe, thus quenching your thirst whilst having a spicy meal.

Obviously, these flavors are subject to where the wine grows. In cooler climates such as Germany, you may experience flavors such as lime and apple. Whereas in warmer climates such as Australia and the USA, you may experience flavors such as orange and nectarine. Either way, it is a fruity wine that will balance out the spiciness of a dish, meaning you can appreciate your meal more if you are not a fan of spice. On top of that, by balancing out the spice, you are not overpowering it with a glass of Riesling, meaning you will be able to appreciate the wine as well as the meal.

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Conclusion

Overall, there are a variety of wines that pair brilliantly with pork. Rosè from New Zealand and Australia is the perfect wine for pork chops that are spicy. The rosé’s fruitiness tames the spice so that it is not overpowering, thus meaning you can appreciate your meal more.

Pinot Noir is a great wine for pork chops. It is a lighter-bodied wine, meaning that it does not cut out the tender, fresh flavors from the pork. In particular, the loin sirloin chops pair brilliantly with the Pinot noir. Many people think that Pinot noir is the best wine for pork chops, simply because the fruitiness compliments the pork perfectly.

Chardonnay is another great wine to have with your pork chops. Chardonnay is a fruity wine and this will combat the citrus flavors in the dish, thus creating a good combination. 

Zinfandel is another red wine that pairs perfectly with pork chops. In particular, it pairs well with barbecue pork chops, because the fruitiness cuts through the smokiness of the barbecue pork. It is also a silky wine, which also helps cut through the smokies of the dish.

Last but not least, Riesling and Pinot Grigio, are two great white wines that pair perfectly with pork chops. A pear-colored Pinot Grigio works brilliantly with pork chops, as it delivers a fruity sensation and a hint of juice. Additionally, the riesling is another perfect wine for pork chops, the fruitiness of riesling adds that juicy sensation to the pork, but it also combats the spice, if you wish to have a spicy dish. 

I recommend you take a look at Cassie Marshall’s recipe for Pork Chops in Creamy White Wine Sauce. It works extremely well with several of these wines.

If you like pork, you’ll love charcuterie. Check out our blog post on the best wine for Charcuterie.