The Best Wine to go with Roast Pork

We have a sumptuous loin of roast pork in the oven for our Sunday roast. I have to admit to being a bit of a wine lover and have developed a bit of a reputation amongst my friends and family for being able to choose the ideal wine for any meal.

Lots of people seem to struggle with choosing the best wine for a particular dish so I thought I would start sharing my opinions on my blog! I think the right wine makes a good meal great. I also think the right glass makes the right wine an experience to be enjoyed all the more.

I immediately think of German wines when enjoying pork. This meat is very forgiving but a wine with a little more weight works well to cut through the fattiness of the meat. Sweetness and acidity are important elements here, which is why apple sauce works well with pork as well. A German Riesling could work, but I might question whether it has the weight needed (although it does have the requisite sweetness). 



Today I have chosen this Austrian Grüner Veltliner. It is Austria's most famous grape variety. It is indigenous to Austria and is grown extensively in every Austrian wine region with the exception of Steiermark. It constitutes 36% of all vineyard plantings with the best wines coming from the north-east of the country, particularly regions such as the Wachau, Kamptal and Kremstal which border the Danube river.

Grüner Veltliner is a late ripening variety that typically produces wines that are pale green in colour and display fruit notes of grapefruits, limes, pears, and sometimes hints of white pepper. They normally possess a steely backbone of acidity which enables the best bottles to age gracefully. The grape's natural acidity accompanied by its restrained and understated fruit characters makes its wines ideal partners for food. A marvellous alternative to the more "mainstream" white grape varieties.

It is also readily available; I picked this one up in Waitrose for under £8.

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