8 Brands Of Wine To Complement Sweet And Sour Pork

sweet and sour pork side dish

When pairing wine with food, it’s important to consider the acidity of both the dish and the wine.

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Sweet and sour pork is a Chinese takeout favorite that combines sweet and tangy flavors, and it is not traditionally served with wine.

Therefore, choosing the wine to pair with sweet and sour pork might be challenging at first.

But don’t worry, you will find useful information on the best wine to serve with your favorite Chinese sweet and sour pork.

Let’s get started!

What is sweet and sour pork?

Lee Kum Kee Sauce For Sweet and Sour Pork and Spare Ribs, 2.8-Ounce...

If you’re wondering what sweet and sour pork is, the answer is that it’s a delicious Chinese-origin dish that has been enjoyed by both Chinese and American diners for years.

Sweet and sour pork has become very popular in American-Chinese restaurants, but it can be great when made at home too.

It has a tangy, a little spicy, balanced taste, not too sweet or bland, and not usually spicy like other Chinese dishes.

In fact, sweet and sour pork is traditionally served with rice or other popular Chinese side dishes, but the creativity is not limited.

What to consider when choosing a wine to serve with sweet and sour pork?

There are a few things to consider when choosing a wine to serve with sweet and sour pork.

First, you want something that will stand up to the deep, spicy flavor of the sauce.

A full-bodied red wine is usually a good option, but you can also try a sparkling wine or even a fortified wine like port or sherry.

Second, you need to make sure that your wine complements the flavors in the sweet and sour pork without overpowering them.

For example, if you’re serving a sweet and sour pork dish that contains pineapple as well as onions and bell peppers, you might want to choose a sweeter white wine rather than a dry red one (although dry reds can work).

Finally, remember that the dish is already very rich, so don’t go overboard on alcohol content!

8 best types of wine to serve with sweet and sour pork

Below are the eight types of wine that we find best to accompany Chinese sweet and sour pork:

Dry Riesling

Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Dry Riesling, White Wine, 750mL...

Riesling is a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of foods.

It can be light and refreshing or bold and flavorful, depending on the style.

For example, dry Riesling is often described as having an apple or stone fruit flavor; semi-dry or off-dry Rieslings are often described as having floral notes; sweet Rieslings have pronounced honey flavors along with stone fruit flavors.

In addition to its versatility in terms of flavor profiles, dry Riesling has some other qualities that make it an ideal choice for sweet and sour pork like it doesn’t overwhelm your palate with too much acidity (which would cause your mouth to feel uncomfortable after eating).

Chenin Blanc

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier White Blend, 750 ml

Another option for you to serve with sweet and sour pork is Chenin Blanc.

Chenin Blanc is a white wine grape variety.

Chenin Blanc is also known as Steen, Steen du Roussillon, or Steinfeder.

It is a classic white wine grape variety from South-western France and central Europe.

The grape produces full-bodied wines with high acidity levels which make it an excellent choice for pairing with savory foods like pork dishes.

Chenin Blanc can be served chilled or slightly chilled at 41°F.

French Vouvray

Domaine Pichot Vouvray Le Peu de la Moriette, 750 ml

If you’re looking to pair sweet and sour pork with a wine that’s not overly sweet, then French Vouvray is your best bet.

A dry and light, fruity white wine, it’s ideal for simple meals like this one.

You can expect to find Vouvrays at prices ranging from $15-20 per bottle or more expensive if you’re looking for a higher-end bottle.

If you want to go all out, get yourself a few bottles of the stuff because it goes well with just about everything!


52USA Shaoxing Cooking Wine 21.64 fl oz , Chinese Asian Cooking Wine,...

The Lieblich means “sweet” in German, and this wine is no exception.

It’s a white dessert wine that tastes like honey and citrus.

It’s a good way to balance out the sweetness of the sauce, but you can also try serving it with something milder like roasted chicken if you want a more complex flavor profile.

Pinot Noir

Bread & Butter Pinot Noir, 750 mL

Pinot Noir is a red wine grape variety that grows well in cool climates.

It’s not only just good with sweet and sour pork but also great with many other foods, from seafood to other Asian dishes.

The wide range of food styles it pairs well with makes Pinot Noir the perfect choice for any meal!


Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay White Wine, 750ml

Chardonnay is a white wine grape variety, and it’s the most planted grape in the world.

This versatile grape can be used to make many different styles of wine, from dry to sweet.

It gets its name from the town of Chardonnay in Burgundy, France, which also happens to be where it’s been growing for hundreds of years.

The style you choose depends on how sweet or dry you want your wine.

A good side for sweet and sour pork would be a medium-bodied Chardonnay that has just enough tannin (tartness) without being bitter or too acidic.

Casillero del Diablo Pinot Grigio

St.Regis Chardonnay (Non Alcoholic Wine), 25.4 Fl Oz

Pinot Grigio is a white wine that originated in Italy and is now produced around the world.

It’s made from grapes of the Pinot grape variety and has a light, fruity flavor with hints of citrus and peach.

Pinot Grigio works well because it’s not too heavy or overpowering; if you choose an overly sweet wine like Gewurztraminer, it might take over both your palate and your dish!


Criterion Chablis, 750 ml

Chablis is another white wine from the Burgundy region of France.

It’s made from the Chardonnay grape and has a crisp, light flavor with a slightly acidic finish.

This makes it an excellent choice to serve with sweet and sour pork because it can stand up to the rich flavors without overpowering them.

Chablis also pairs well with other Chinese dishes such as Kung Pao Chicken or General Tso’s Chicken because of its crisp dryness which helps balance out spicy ingredients like chili peppers or ginger root.


Hopefully, this article has helped you to narrow down your choices regarding which wine to serve with sweet and sour pork.

I would recommend a nice dry Riesling with this dish, but you can’t go wrong with any of the wines listed here!

Happy drinking and dining!