Pig Roasts draw a huge crowd where the slow-roasted pork is the main event, where the socializing, music and wine create an experience you’ll never forget. Roasted on a spit turning over a carefully controlled fire for hours upon hours, you are left with some of the juiciest meat imaginable. This is why we’ve suggested light to mid-bodied wines like Côtes du Rhône, Carménère, or Pinot Noir as heavier reds can drown out the best features of a pork roast. For whites, we love a crisp Riesling or Rosé, and you can find our explanations for why below.
Hog Roast & Wine Pairing
Côtes du Rhône
The meat you cut off at a pig roast, while fatty, just do not play well with heavy red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz. Yes the pairing will still be enjoyable, but you won’t be able to appreciate that succulent roasted flavour. That’s why we’d suggest Grenache.
The nose on a Côtes du Rhône is leaping with raspberry flavours and has enough grippy tannin to deal with fatty cuts of pork. Mid-bodied and subtle a Côtes du Rhône will elevate your meal, which makes it one of the best red wines with roasted pork.
Light reds like Pinot Noir, Dolcetto, or medium-bodied Malbec, Merlot or Zinfandel, will also go nicely with a fatty cut of roasted pork. We’d suggest not picking something too fruity, to avoid not drowning out those succulent pork flavours.
An off-dry Riesling is a perfect partner to roasted pork as it will cut through all the rich flavours of fattier cuts of meat. Riesling’s tropical twist of flavours like pineapple, and citrus will balance out the smokiness of the slow roasted pork. The clean finish will cut through both the meat and the fat making each bite taste as exciting as the next.
For similar reasons, a dry Rosé, or a tart Chenin Blanc are also a must.
I know, I get it, Dopplebock Beer is not a wine, but there are a lot of other wine options in our Wine Pairing App if you’re looking for great suggestions.
The reason I’m discussing Doppelbock here is that I feel as if would be a sin not too. Doppelbock is just maddeningly delicious with roast pork, especially cuts that include crispy skin. This beer has a sweet malt flavour but smells like fresh dark bread straight out of a stone oven. It’s that sweet malt flavour that burrows in and draws out the subtle sweet flavours of the roasted pork.
Any beer you bring to a pig roast will be fine. However, another unique suggestion is Rauchbier This is a German lager with natural smoke flavours. Seen as a bit of a novelty, this beer is excellent with anything pork related. Think about how much the smell of an open flame, and a pig on a spit makes your mouth water, and you’ll get why this smokey beer works so well with roasted pig. In addition to the smokey flavours, this wine has a nice malt taste with fruity flavours, which adore the caramelized flesh of roast pork.
Gewürztraminer is a white wine bursting with tree fruit flavours, like apple, peach and pear. On top of that, it as a unique sweet spice taste. Not a crisp wine, Gewürztraminer also has an oily texture. Why it works with roasted pork is all those tree fruit flavours flatter the juicy pork flavours.
The sweet, spicy flavours bring a bit of extra pizzazz to the Roasted Pork without overpowering the meat.
Carménère and Roasted Pork
Carménère is a medium-bodied and inexpensive red wine that grows almost only in Chile. The wine is loved for its sour cherry and tart raspberry flavours, along with light tannin and bittersweet finish. Carménère also has a herbaceous flavour that has a peppercorn quality to it, which makes it excellent with roasted pork provided that the cut isn’t overly fatty.
We recommend this wine for a pig roast, as the tart raspberry flavours and low tannin keep it quite refreshing. During a pig roast, you’re often outdoors in the sun socializing, so a light red that pairs well is the perfect prescription for a fun day out.
Do you have a favourite Roast Pork and Pairing? Let us know in the comments below!