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Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe from Good Cheap Eats and Wine Pairing at Wine4.Me/blog

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If you’re looking for something other than the usual burgers and steaks to throw on the grill, think about cooking up some grilled pork tenderloin. This Spice-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin recipe from Good Cheap Eats is a snap to make. It’s quick and easy for a weeknight dinner or for entertaining friends on the weekend. Add the final touch by pairing it with one of these wines:

Spice-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe and Wine Pairing

Pork tenderloin, like chicken, is pretty much a blank canvass when it comes to wine paring. It can go with any number of wines. It all depends on how it’s prepared and how it is cooked (doused in sauce, seasoned, roasted, grilled, etc.). This pork tenderloin is prepared simply with a Cajun inspired dry rub and is cooked on an outdoor grill.

While this could easily go with several red wine options, we encourage you to try it with white wines this summer, especially if you serve it with the recommended peach salsa on the side. You may be surprised how well these white wines go with the pork! It will also make for a refreshing alternative on a hot summer night.

Albarino: Burgans ~ $13

Albariño is very versatile with food. This one is no exception. Fresh and crisp with aromas of green apple, peach, apricot, and tropical fruit, it is crisp and refreshing on the palate with a zesty minerality and crisp finish. There’s the slightest hint of sweetness making it balance well with the fruity salsa, should you chose to top your pork with that side dish. It is also a great value making for an excellent weeknight choice.

Albarino: Bodegas Paso Robles “Galicia” ~ $23

Juicy aromas of fresh pear, apricot, and peach fruit up front followed by crisp grapefruit flavors and a touch of sweetness on the finish. The juicy fruit aromas and flavors balanced by the crisp grapefruit and sweetness will go well with the salsa and offset any heat from the Cajun dry rub.

Pinot Grigio: King Estate “Acrobat” Pinot Gris ~ $12

Lots of rich citrus and tropical fruit (pineapple, papaya, passion fruit), make way to more citrus and apple flavors on the palate. The body is light and fresh with crisp acidity on the finish. This is a lighter and refreshing choice for the pork, and the crisp acidity will pair nicely with the juices from the grilled pork.

Pinot Grigio: Castello Banfi Pinot Grigio San Angelo ~ $17

Lots of fresh pear, peach, and citrus aromas hit you on this wine with some floral and spice notes as well. The wine is lush, lively, and juicy on the palate. Would pair well with the pork, with or without the peach salsa.

Torrontes: Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes ~ $13

This wine has lots of floral and fruity aromas with peach, pear, lime, and orange. You’ll find good structure and acidity on the palate along with more fruity and floral flavors and a dry, crisp finish. Fuller in body than the above wines, but the weight will stand up well to the meat.  A great wine for the price!

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