Best wine with Ham

When searching for the best wine for your ham, it’s important to consider a few different factors.

First, you need to think about what type of ham you will be serving with your wine. If it is traditional country ham, then something bold and flavorful is going to be the best choice for pairing.

However, if you are serving a more mild and more tender ham, then you will want to go with something that has some acidity to it. This will help cut through the fat in your meal without overpowering it.

You also have to think about what you are going to be serving with your ham. If you are having a cheese course and some crackers, then something dryer is going to be ideal. However, if you will be serving your ham with sides like mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes (or even cornbread), then a sweeter wine might be more appropriate.

Let’s take a look at what pairs well with different types of ham.


Gammon is a type of ham that’s cured and smoked. It has a deep red color and an earthy flavor. Gammon is served with mustard or horseradish sauce.

Gammon pairs well with many different wines, but the best wine to pair with gammon is a dry sparkling wine. This type of wine has a light, bubbly texture and crisp flavor that will cut through the gammon’s strong taste. A Gammon can also be paired with dry white wine or red wine, but both of these options are less ideal than sparkling wine.

Gammon pairs well with dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. If you’re serving Gammon for brunch, try pairing it with a sparkling wine like Sekt or Prosecco.

The best way to pair a Gammon with wine is by using the rule of opposites. This means that you want to pair a sweet wine with a savory dish and vice versa. Sparkling wines are dry and crisp, which makes them perfect for cutting through gammon’s strong flavor.

Best wine for Boiled (Cooked) Ham

The best wine for a boiled or cooked ham is a medium-bodied wine with plenty of acidity and fruit. The acidity helps cut through the richness of the ham, while the fruitiness complements the salty flavor of the meat. Cooked ham is served with a wine that has an acidic edge to balance the fat and salt. You want something that will cut through the ham’s richness, but not too much so.

A good rule of thumb is that the wine should be at least as acidic as the ham. This means that it will cut through the fat and salt without being too tart or sour to drink. A wine that’s too acidic will overwhelm your palate and make drinking difficult. It’s important to choose a wine with just enough acidity to balance out the ham.

I’d recommend a medium-bodied white wine like a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. These wines are usually drier than reds, which means they’re less likely to clash with your food. They also tend to be lighter and more refreshing than most heavier wines like Chardonnay.

Best wine for a Sweet Glazed Ham

When looking for a wine to pair with your ham, you want something that will complement it without overpowering its flavor. A sweet glaze ham is also called a honey-baked ham and has a distinct sweetness that comes from being cooked in honey and brown sugar. This means that you can choose a variety of wines to go with it.

One of the best wines for a sweet glazed ham is one with some acidity to balance out the sweetness. In general, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon are good choices. You might also try Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro from Italy or Malbec from Argentina.

Basically, any recipe with ham that gets a sweet glaze is going to go great with one of these wines. Covering a ham in a honey glaze is one way that gives you lots of choices for wine. The sweetness and moisture are something that works so well with wine.

There are some wine styles that work particularly well with this dish. A light red such as Beaujolais will pair nicely with your ham, as will an off-dry Riesling or Gewürztraminer. Other sparkling wines like Prosecco or Cava would also make a great pairing for your sweet glazed ham.

Check out this outstanding recipe for honey-glazed ham.

Barbecued Ham

If you’re looking for the best wine to pair with your barbecued ham, the answer is simple: Sauvignon Blanc. Not only will it complement the smoky flavor of your ham, but it also has some great flavors that will enhance your meal. The acidity of Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect match for the bold flavor of barbecue ham. It will cut through the smoky notes and bring out the sweet, fruity flavors that are characteristic of this wine.

The wine is also a great choice because it’s versatile. You can enjoy Sauvignon Blanc with a variety of foods, including many different types of seafood and even vegetables. This makes it an excellent choice if you’re hosting an outdoor barbecue or just want to have some drinks with your meal.

Smoked Ham

When cooking a smoked ham, meat this juicy and rich pairs well with Grenache. It is a lighter red that cuts through the ham’s saltiness and smoke. Savory, smoked ham is much more succulent and much less salty than dry-cured ham. This makes it the perfect pairing with light, red wines. Pineapple is one of the main notes that you find when tasting this wine. This will counterbalance the savory, smoky types of ham.

Picnic Ham

You can have a great picnic ham without the right wine. However, it will be much more enjoyable if you choose something that complements your meal well. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a good wine for picnic ham.

The best wine for picnic ham is one that has a light body and high acidity. This will help cut through the fattiness of the meat while also balancing out its strong flavor. A good rule of thumb is to avoid wines that are too sweet or fruity (such as Chardonnay), which can clash with the smoky flavor of ham. If you are looking for white wine, the best option is Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. These wines tend to be light and crisp, which will go well with picnic ham. If you’re planning on serving red wine, try pairing it with a Pinot Noir or Merlot instead of a Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel. Both wines are known for their light body and high acidity. This will help balance out the strong flavor of the meat while also complementing its smoky taste.

Jamon Iberico

Rioja wines are some of the best for pairing with this type of ham. Their high acidity and tannins help to cut through the fattiness, while also complementing the Jamon Iberico’s unique flavor. The best wines for Jamon Iberico are often those that are made using Tempranillo grapes. This is because they have a high acidity level, which helps to cut through the fattiness of the ham. They also pair well with its unique flavor profile, which can sometimes be a little bitter or spicy.

Some of our favorite wines include:-

  • Bodegas Torremilanos “Tinto de Valdehermoso” Tempranillo
  • Marques de Caceres “Vino Tinto Seleccion 2007” (Spain)
  • Viña Albali “Lorenzo’s Selection Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah 2012” (Chile)


There are many options when pairing wine with ham but start by thinking about the type of ham you are serving. Is it a country ham that needs bold flavored wines or something more tender than would benefit from higher acidity to cut through the fat? In the latter case, I’d recommend a medium-bodied white wine like a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. For country ham, I’d suggest a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot. These wines have enough body and tannins to stand up to the meatiness of country ham.

Sweet-glazed hams demand sparkling wine. Lambrusco is my choice, a delightful pairing. Barbecuing your ham? Then go for Sauvignon Blanc.

Smoked ham is great with Grenache. Picnic ham? for me it’s always Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon blanc.

Finally, for Iberico hams, you have to go to Rioja. If you like Iberico ham, you’ll want to know what to serve with Charcuterie and perhaps also Paella.

Looking for wine pairings for Thanksgiving? Check out our post on the best wine for Turkey here.