Best Wine with Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is an American classic that everyone loves. While it can be eaten on its own, it’s often served as part of a sandwich or plate with sides like coleslaw and baked beans.

Pulled pork pairs well with many different wines due to the right combination of spices used in its preparation. The following five wines are particularly good choices for pairing with pulled pork:

Pinot Blanc

Pinot blanc is a white wine with a light and fruity profile. Like other white wines, it pairs well with many foods, but the crispness that pinot blanc boasts makes it an excellent choice for summertime picnics.

Why Pinot Blanc works with Pulled Pork

Pinot Blanc, with its light and fruity profile, is a great wine to pair with pulled pork. Pinot Blanc has an acidic taste that helps balance out the spices and heat in the dish. The wine is also low in tannins which means it won’t overpower the taste of your meal.

2019 Trimbach Pinot Blanc (Alsace)

This French Pinot blanc has a beautiful nose with hints of green apple and pears. On the palate, it is dry with a medium body and acidity. Perfect for swordfish.

2019 Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Pinot Blanc (Alsace)

This wine has aromas of orchard fruits such as pear and apple, with floral notes that smell like jasmine. It is medium in the body but moderately acidic; it’s dry for an Alsace wine but leaves a hint of sweetness on your tongue when you finish drinking.

2019 Hugel Pinot Blanc Cuvée les Amours 

This wine is crisp, with pleasantly tart lemon acidity that makes it ideal for serving with fish and seafood. The ripe white fruits of apple, pear, and peach aromas make this one of the classic examples of dry Alsace Pinot Blanc.


Gewurztraminer is a good choice for pulled pork. It has a sweet, spicy aroma that will cut through the heaviness of the meat. In fact, it’s not too far off from how we imagine your lips might taste after sucking on a piece of pork fat, and not in a bad way.

Gewurztraminer is a white wine, usually served cold and sparkling. The grapes used to make Gewurztraminer are white with golden hues around their edges. They have an intense floral aroma and taste similar to lychee fruit or roses, both things you probably wouldn’t associate with dinner but will now.

Why Gewurztraminer works with Pulled Pork

Gewurztraminer is a light and fruity wine, so it pairs well with the spice of pulled pork. Its sweetness also makes it a good choice for summer BBQs. The floral notes in Gewurztraminer make the wine smell like roses, which is a nice compliment to the smokiness of pulled pork. The sweet taste of this wine also pairs well with the sweetness of BBQ sauces.

Domaine Specht 2019 (Alsace)

The wine’s color is pale straw. The nose has aromas of hazelnuts and mint, with a hint of minerality. When tasted, this wine is very floral with notes alluding to minerals.

Joseph Cattin 2020 Hatschbourg Grand Cru (Alsace)

The nose of this wine has a touch of peach and honeysuckle. The palate deepens the fruitiness first found on the nose but finishes slightly sweet. This wine shows balance and concentration throughout.

Grgich Hills 2020 Miljenko’s Selection, Gewurztraminer, Napa Valley

Outside of Alsace this time. This wine is produced in California. It is pale straw in color with a lychee aroma with a medium body; this wine has light floral notes of jasmine green tea. A richly textured California ‘Napa Valley’ wine that could use some more time in the bottle to develop complexity. 


Malbec is a full-bodied red wine. It’s known for having fruity aromas and flavors, along with notes of pepper and vanilla. If you’re looking for a good match for pulled pork, Malbec is a great option.

It’s also an excellent choice if you’re planning to host a barbecue party since it has the potential to pair well with almost any dish on your menu.

Why Malbec works with Pulled Pork

Malbec is a red wine that originates from Argentina. Wine enthusiasts will be quick to tell you that Malbec has a fruity flavor, which makes it an ideal choice for pairing with pulled pork. The fruitiness in Malbec makes it a versatile red that pairs well with pulled pork.

2018 Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyards Malbec (Argentina)

Critic tasting note: “The Nicasia Vineyard was planted on stony soils in the Altamira zone in 1996. The wine was 100% whole-cluster fermented and 100% in barrels. After two years of aging in oak, this malbec is able to capture the essence of Altamira, that austere side that the stony soils give as well as the aromas of red fruits and violets that are very characteristic of the heights of the Uco Valley. The texture is firm, and it has very sharp tannins that act as pillars so that the crisp and lively fruit can show itself clearly.” – 96/100Patricio Tapia – Descorchados

2016 Altos Las Hormigas ‘Appellation Gualtallary’ Malbec (Argentina)

Critic tasting note: “Located above 1,300 meters a.s.l. in the Gualtallary zone, the 15-year-old vineyard that produces the grapes for this wine is planted on a selection of sandy loam soils with stones “painted” with lime. The wine ages in foudres for 2 years, and the result is a delight of flavors recalling cherries and red fruit in general with a firm structure and acidity as sharp as a knife. The wine shoots through the mouth like an arrow, slicing through it like air.” – 96/100Patricio Tapia – Descorchados

2015 Bodega Mauricio Lorca Poetico Malbec (Argentina)

Critic tasting note: “This is a blend of wines from Vista Flores, planted in 1999, and from Los Árboles, planted more or less at the same time. It was aged in barrels for 14 months and spent another four years in bottles before its release to market, a decision that’s pretty unusual in these times for South American wines. The result is a red with tremendous varietal purity, with a touch of flowers and ripe red fruits in a context of tremendous friendliness and balance.” – 95/100Patricio Tapia – Descorchados


A white wine that can be sweet or dry, Riesling is one of the best choices for pairing with pulled pork because it has a roundness that contrasts the heaviness of the dish. Riesling also has a high acidity that cuts through the fat in pulled pork.

Why Riesling works with Pulled Pork

Rieslings are known for their sweetness, which contrasts well with pulled pork’s savory spices. The dry style of Riesling pairs well with the spice of pulled pork because it has a bright acidity and refreshing qualities that cut through the heaviness of the spiced meat.

Georg Albrecht Schneider Niersteiner Riesling Kabinett 2017

This Kabinett is a fresh, crisp wine with lingering sweetness balanced by tart lemon-lime acidity. Delicate wisps of smoke and earth lend touches of complexity throughout, adding dimensions to its fruity character.

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

Spätlese Riesling is richer and more intense in flavor than Kabinett. It comes with a lively minerality that perfectly balances the bright white peach and lemon fruit you’ll find here. Worth seeking out.

Ransom Sunnyside Vineyard Riesling (Willamette Valley of Oregon)

From the vineyard themselves, “This single vineyard, old vine bottling from the South Salem Hills is a classic, terroir-revealing Riesling. Opening with fresh fruit aromas of key lime and pineapple, the palate offers vivid acidity and flavors of Meyer lemon zest and candied ginger wrapped around a mineral vein. The wine finishes fresh and bright, with a beguiling note of honeysuckle blossom. A delight to drink now, but also exceedingly age-worthy.” 


Chardonnay is a versatile wine and makes for an excellent pairing with pulled pork. In fact, Chardonnay is the most popular white wine in the US, and for good reason.

You can choose to pair your pulled pork with either sweet or dry chardonnay. The sweet version will be more concentrated in terms of flavor and texture, while the dry variety will have more acidity that gives it a brighter feel.

Why Chardonnay works with Pulled Pork

Chardonnay’s roundness makes it suitable for pairing with heavy dishes like pulled pork. The wine’s buttery nuances and notes of apple, pear, and lemon complement the fatty, savory flavor of a juicy piece of pork.

It can also go well with a range of other dishes including steak, chicken, or fish because it has a high acidity level that cuts through any fattiness in the food while still leaving room in your palate for more bites.

Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay

This vineyard is located in California, and it’s a great place to start your search for a good Chardonnay with crab legs. This wine is made from grapes grown in the Sonoma Valley, where the climate is ideal for growing them. Fermented and aged in French and American oak barrels for richness, toastiness, and complexity.

J. Lohr Chardonnay

This California winery has been making award-winning wines for over 30 years, and this Chardonnay is no exception. They use grapes from their own vineyards in Monterey County, which means that you can be sure the quality is always high. This wine has a rich golden color with notes of citrus and vanilla on the nose.

Ladera Vineyards Chardonnay

This Chardonnay is made from grapes grown in the Santa Lucia Highlands, which is a cool climate area. It’s aged in French oak barrels for about 15 months before being bottled and has notes of vanilla and toasted hazelnuts on the nose.

Hagafen Cellars “Reserve” Napa Valley Chardonnay

Made from grapes grown in Napa Valley. It has a rich golden color with notes of citrus, vanilla, and toasted hazelnuts on the nose. It’s aged for about 18 months in French oak barrels before being bottled.


Pulled pork is a great dish to pair with wine. It’s savory, sweet, and tangy, with a bit of spice. A perfect combination for pairing with the right wine. These five wines are particularly good choices. They have different characteristics that make them good choices for pulled pork.

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