By Anthony Gismondi
Pork is a favourite menu item for wine drinkers, and while it is often referred to as a white or light meat, it packs a flavour punch that would suggests it is anything but delicate, especially if the pig is one of the specialty breeds making a comeback in restaurants and butcher shops. Because of its texture and flavour, you can comfortably pair red or white wine with pork and like most white meats you just have to pay attention to the saucing and spices used in the dish. There can be a lot of fat in pork, so wines with a great deal of acidity and freshness excel when paired with pork.
Roast pork comes in many iterations but the classic preparation with apple sauce works with light reds such as Gamay, Pinot Noir, Grenache and even Sangiovese. For the more adventurous, we suggest a number of white varieties that can really enlighten the dish. In British Columbia that would include Riesling, Ehrenfelser, Siegerrebe, Chenin Blanc and even Viognier.
Cold pork dishes work well with Chenin Blanc and or SA�millon, while Riesling is a personal favourite with pulled pork sandwiches and pork belly dishes. Barbecue pork is another favourite among British Columbians. In this case, spice and sweetness calls for a richer red wine such a Syrah, Merlot or a Syrah blend. The fruity, spicy Zinfandel is another option.
The Asian-inspired sweet and sour pork dishes are often served with Riesling.
Here are some suggestions to start with:
Duboeuf 2010 Beaujolais, Burgundy, France $15.50
Haywire 2011 Gamay Noir, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, $25
Blue Mountain 2009 Gamay Noir Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, $21
Seghesio 2011 Zinfandel, Sonoma County, California, United States, $33
Hillside Estate 2009 Merlot Hidden Valley Vineyard, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, $26
Bonterra Vineyards 2010 Zinfandel, Mendocino County, California, United States, $20
Joie 2012 A Noble Blend, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, $24
Yalumba Y Series 2012 Viognier, South Australia $18
Gray Monk Latitude Fifty 2012 White, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, $14
Gehringer Brothers 2012 Riesling Private Reserve, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, $15
Argiolas Costamolino 2011 Vermentino di Sardegna, Sardinia, Italy, $22
Dr. L 2012 Riesling, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany, $19.
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