Category Archives: pork

Pork and Bok Choy Stir-Fry with a Pinot Noir

pork and bok choy stir-fry pairs well with Pinot NoirWhat to pair with a stir-fry? I made a Pork and Bok Choy Stir-Fry recently, and was looking for a wine pairing in a small midwestern town during a recent visit. So I didn’t have the many choices I’d have at our local wine ship.

Riesling tends to be my go-to wine for stir-fry, and it can work nicely with pork. None of the Rieslings on the shelf appealed to me the other day, however, so I went in a different direction. When I find myself choosing wine in a grocery store or other spot that doesn’t curate their wines nearly as well as our local shop, I rely more on finding a familiar brand. I saw a Pinot Noir from Seaglass, and grabbed it because I’ve enjoyed Seaglass Sauvignon Blanc many times.

My pork and bok choy stir-fry gets some saltiness from soy sauce. Choosing a red with such a stir-fry calls for some acidity to balance the salt content. Pinot fills the bill nicely. The Seaglass Pinot Noir is from Santa Barbara. It’s a light style pinot. Nothing remarkable, but tasty enough and plays nicely with the food. Definitely a satisfactory pairing for a meal cooked on the road.

Do you have a favorite wine pairing for stir-fry? Do tell!

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with a Bonny Doon Syrah for #winePW

Yesterday was the first official Wine Pairing Weekend event! I enjoyed hearing all the great pairings my fellow bloggers came up with for grilled meat. I will post highlights on some of their pairings in the coming days, but first wanted to share about my pairing: Grilled Pork Tenderloin with a Bonny Doon Syrah.

grilled pork tenderloin paired with Bonny Doon Syrah for #winePW.

The pork dish gets marinaded with lime juice, cilantro and garlic and topped with chipotle cream. So I was looking for a wine with some substance and a bit of spice. I picked the 2009 Le Pousseur Central Coast Syrah from Bonny Doon Vineyard. I got a whiff of a summer meadow on the nose, and was struck by the polish on this wine from the first taste. Supple cherry fruit and a bit of leather. The finesse and flavors of the wine worked well with the nuanced smoky and spice flavors of the pork.