It’s the time of year when we start thinking about food and wine pairings for holiday gatherings. There’s no right or wrong when you have a large gathering around the table. Let’s face it, everyone has a different palate and there’s always that one person who will drink anything, as long as there’s ice in it.
That said, it’s always fun to experiment with pairings. Here are three pork pairing suggestions— because in the South, we love our ham!
Smoked Ham: Zinfandel / Primitivo
Smoked meat pairs well with wines that express smoky aromas- makes sense, right? For this pairing, we want to bridge the smoky flavor in the meat and wine; but we also want to choose a wine with a bold and juicy fruit profile to hold up to the richness of the dish. Zinfandel does just that! The bold and juicy dark fruit flavor of these wines won’t get lost in this pairing, and the smoky profile from oak aging will bring out the flavors in your ham. Win-win!
Antico Sigillo Primitivo (Zinfandel from Italy) – Sale: $14.98
Green & Red Tip Top Zinfandel – $33.99
Honey Baked Ham: Lambrusco/ Late Harvest Riesling
When you have a crackly crust of sweet brown sugar goodness enveloping your ham hock, it’s best to steer away from tannic reds. The sweetness of your decadent ham glaze will make most dry wines taste bitter- not ideal. We’re opting for wines with a little softness and sweetness to counteract this bitter effect. Don’t worry, these wines are not cloyingly sweet- promise!
Cavicchioli Lambrusco Dolce (semi sweet red) – $7.59
Nik Weis Bockstein Ockfen Spatlese, Single Vineyard Mosel Riesling – $31.99
Cured Ham: Sparkling Wine
Whether you’re putting out a large platter of charcuterie filled with cured meats like Prosciutto, or planning to sous vide a pork belly for the main feature, you’ll be sure to impress with bubbles. These preparations of pork are salty and fatty and crave a wine high in acidity to balance out all of the richness. It’s a match made in heaven!
Conquilla Cava Brut – Sale: $12.99
Gerard Bertrand Crémant de Limoux Brut – $23.99
Geoffroy Rose de Signee Champagne – $79.99
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