Nothing is better than a thick juicy pork chop on your dinner plate, except of course a glass of wine or beer to accompany it. Since pork chops are a neutral meat, we highly recommend wines that elevate the dish further, which are Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Torrontés, Altbier (Beer) and Chardonnay.
For this pairing guide, we are just going with simple preparations. Like a Pork Chop pan-fried, and sprinkled with salt or a few herbs. If you require further recommendations, check out our Wine and Food Pairing Search Engine and enter in the dominant flavour.
Best Wines with Pork Chops
- Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir Matched with Pork Chops
A Pinot Noir is a fruity yet earthy red. Some say the wine smells like an autumn forest floor, while others claim (and love) that it smells like a barnyard. We love how the fruity nature of Pinot Noir is refreshing against the fatty juiciness of a pork chop. Meanwhile the earthy nature of the red zeros in on the same earthiness you find in pork, complementing the dish.
Add grilled mushrooms as a side to make this pairing spectacular!
Pork Chops and Zinfandel
While Pork Chops are fatty, they aren’t as fat as a thick juicy steak, thus you need a wine high in acidity to pair. A lighter style Zinfandel works as it’s high in acidity and low in tannin, meaning it won’t crush those neutral pork flavours (like a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Cabernet Sauvignon dominant Super Tuscan would)
Zinfandel is also a bit sweet, and it’s this sweetness that highlights flavours within pork chops you may never have noticed before.
Torrontés Paired with Pork Chops
Torrontés is an Argentinian white wine that has flowery aromatics, and flavours of peach and lemon zest. Sweeter styles of this wine exist, but for this pairing you’ll want the drier style which often goes under the guise Torrontés Riojano’.
Torrontés makes a fantastic pairing due to the wine’s high acidity and peach/lemon zest flavours.
Altbier & Pork Chops
Altbier is a beer that loves things pork. Here we have a beer that is full of hop bitterness, and full of malt flavour. You can skip breading your pork chops when pairing it with an Altbier as this beer will emulate those bready flavours. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, marinade your pork chops beforehand in an Altbier marinade.
Another beer to consider is an American Wheat Beer or a Hefeweizen. These crisp beers are magnificent with pork chops as they elevate the neutral flavours to a brand new playing field. A Belgian Bière de Garde works in the opposite direction in that it has peppery and herbal notes that blend with simple preparations of pork chops.
Full Bodied Chardonnay and Pork Chops
With Pork Chops being so neutral, white wines that are high in acidity, and have a fruity nose work well. This includes Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. Why we feel a full-bodied Chardonnay top these wines is that it has a bit more body elevate the pairing. With this wine, you’ll have fantastic tropical flavours as well as vanilla on the nose that are simply delicious with pork. It works in the same vein as when you see people accompany grilled pineapple or applesauce with their pork chops.
Do you have a favourite Pork Chop and Wine Pairing? Let us know in the comments below!