Perfect Pairings: Wine and Pork!

17 December 2020


Planning on a traditional Christmas ham? Or maybe roast pork with crispy crackling, or something different like sticky glazed ribs?

We consulted 'The Wine Man' Peter Bourne and put together an explainer on choosing the perfect wine to match.

Peter says: 'I love a rich (Alsace-style) Pinot Gris with pork and Sparkling Shiraz is my 'go to' ham wine.'

We've got more suggestions for you below.

A Cheese Board with Shaved Ham

Why not get the party started with a celebratory bottle of sparkling wine? Tasmania, with it's cool climate, is well known for the quality of it's sparkling wine.

Northern Tasmania in particular is well suited to growing the grapes used to produce excellent sparkling wines, and there are plenty of great options to choose from, both white and red.

We suggest trying: Devil's Corner Sparkling Cuvée, Jansz Brut Rosé or maybe House of Arras A by Arras Premium Cuvée.

Find Scottsdale Pork Premium Boneless Leg Ham or Triple Smoked Gypsy Ham at your local IGA supermarket or Deli - both are perfect served thinly sliced on a cheese platter.

Traditional Glazed Ham

If you're serving up a Christmas Ham, you've got plenty of choice. A glazed ham pairs well with wines that have a touch of sweetness, plenty of acidity and bold fruit flavours.

Some white wines that would pair well with Christmas ham include: Pipers Brook Estate Chardonnay, or Frogmore Creek Riesling

Red wines can also work well with ham, just pick lighter bodied options such as pinot noir to avoid overpowering the flavour of the meat. We suggest: Bell & Gong Pinot Noir 2018

Or consider a Grenache, or Rosé, like Josef Chromy Rosé 2019 to complement the sweet glaze and the salty, smoky complexity of the meat perfectly.

Find Scottsdale Pork Premium Cooked on the Bone Leg Ham at your local IGA supermarket or Deli - the perfect table centerpiece for a celebration!

Roast Pork with Crackling

Cooking a roast pork meal with delicious crispy crackling? Go for a white wine with a bit of body and flavour to cut through the richness of the meat.

If you're after a white, we suggest a Pinot Gris or Riesling. Try the Pinot Gris from Josef Chromy or Tamar Ridge

If you'd rather a red wine, go for a lighter bodied shiraz or Pinot Noir like Devil's Corner Pinot Noir. Once again, avoid heavier reds as they may taste 'out of balance' with the meat.

Find Scottsdale Pork roasts at your local IGA supermarket or Deli - choose from Pork Belly, Shoulder, Leg, Loin or Scotch Roasts. Whatever the occasion, the crispy crackling is sure to be a hit!

Sticky Glazed Ribs

Whether you're taking a shortcut and using pre-glazed Artisan Ribs or glazing your own, pork ribs are best cooked until they're sweet, sticky, and almost falling off the bone.

The rich flavour of the meat calls for an equally bright, flavoursome wine such as Pinot Noir or Grenache. Try Josef Chromy Pepik Pinot Noir. Another great match is Rosé. We suggest Pipers Tasmania 2019 Rosé.

Find Scottsdale Pork Artisan Glazed Ribs at your local IGA supermarket or Deli - choose from two flavours: Tennessee, an original BBQ glaze, or Louisiana, which features chilli, garlic and herbs. Or, choose plain Scottsdale Pork American Style Ribs if you'd rather glaze your own.