Pork is actually one of the friendliest meats, primarily because it can be adapted to virtually any style of preparation and the various cuts range from nearly pure, juicy fat to nearly none. For my purposes here, something relatively in the middle would probably be best. I’m looking for a rustic preparation to pair with bold, big wines. Now rustic doesn’t have to be boring, as these Pork Chops slathered in Sundried Tomato Pesto can attest.
This is going to be an intensely flavored mouthful, and the flavors actually have a lot in common with classic Cabernet notes, which can include both herbs and tomato flavors. Seeing as this is an Italian-influenced dish, it’s worth looking to the Boot for wines to pair with it. Surprisingly, Cabernet does quite well in much of Italy, so your choices are quite broad, ranging from lighter wines in the north to rather full bodied wines that enjoy the Mediterranean warmth of the central and south of the country.