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Pinot gris with lemongrass pork – recipe and giveaway

A good food/wine match is worth the work

My partner is inclined to open the first bottle at hand to consume with his meal but I’d rather fiddle around to find food and wine that compliment eat other.   It does take more effort to think through this-goes-with-that but the reward is experiencing all elements singing to your tastebuds.

It’s all about personal taste, of course, but I’m pleased to have found this wine matching guide created by Taylors Wines from South Australia’s Clare Valley.  

Taylors have also provided me with a bottle each of their Pinot Gris 2011 and award winning Shiraz  2010 to give away.  One lucky reader will win both bottles.  To be eligible you must be of legal drinking age and provide proof of age. The giveaway is open to Australia only and will be posted to the lucky reader.

The pinot gris is French-style with an elegant texture to the palate and flavours that hint at nashi pear and spicy baked apple. It is a versatile wine when it comes to food matching due to its low level of acidity and fairly neutral flavour profile but is particularly delicious with pork and chicken dishes that do not have rich flavours.

I matched the pinot gris with a spicy Indonesian pork with lemongrass recipe (see below) and it worked really well.  The light wine style also was perfectly suited to a few pre-dinner sips as well.

Taylor’s shiraz has flavours of plums and blackberries balanced with mocha spice and creamy vanillin characters from maturing in American oak. Shiraz’ best friend is beef, in all its cuts. I’ve got a traditional Irish stew recipe to match with that.

Established three generations ago in South Australia’s beautiful Clare Valley, Taylors Wines is a family-owned Australian wine company. Plus, with a comprehensive Environmental Management System and a commitment to sustainability, Taylors Wines understands that green is just as important as red and white.

Indonesian pork with lemongrass

Serves 4


450g pork, sliced into strips
500g Asian rice noodles
150g snow peas (I substituted beans)
2 stalks of lemongrass, chopped
1 tsp palm sugar
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp Indonesian sweet soy sauce, Kecap Manis
1 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp peppercorns
2 tbsp canola oil

Chopped coriander, thai basil, and chopped, roasted peanuts to garnish

Note: For a more vibrant dish I would add half a sliced red capsicum next time.


First, grind the garlic, peppercorns and lemongrass together in a mortar and pestle or mix in a blender.

Add sugar and a tablespoon of canola oil.

Put in a large wide bowl and marinate pork in the mixture.

Meanwhile, immerse noodles in boiling water for 3-4 minutes, then drain.

Heat oil in wok or saucepan, add pork and sear.

Add the snow peas or beans and capsicum and lightly stir fry for 2 minutes.

Pour in the soy and fish sauces and mix together, add in the noodles, mix together and serve garnished with fresh coriander, thai basil and roasted chopped peanuts.

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Disclaimer: Ed+bK was given two bottles of wine for the giveaway and also two to sample.

Kerry Heaney


  1. Love it that you've added a recipe to the food and wine matching!

  2. Wine is perfect to share with family and friends and always contributes to lively dinner discussions!

  3. I like wine because... what sort of opening statement is that? a) it should be "love" and b) I question those that don't! Seriously though - there are so many varieties that it can accompany any sort of situation, let that be pairing up a gorgeous meal like the lemongrass pork, conversations with friends, or a wind down on a Friday afternoon!

  4. The taste....what else would I possibly drink with dinner?

  5. Loving the comments gals - keep them coming!

  6. Anonymous3:22 pm

    It tastes great and makes a great treat

  7. Really? Only one reason? Lordy. OK.

    I like wine because... I read somewhere that a small amount daily reduces the overall risk of death from cardiovascular causes by 15 to 25 per cent.

    Oh - a small amount. OK. Umm...

    I like wine because... I read somewhere that drinking in moderation reduces risks of certain cancers by 20-40 per cent as well as bowel cancer by around 20 per cent.

    Oh - moderation. OK. Ummm...

    I like wine because... I am legally old enough to slightly inebriated yet still know that by doing so, I am surpassing the 'small' and 'moderate' rules, and therefore must be doing myself more and more good with each delightful mouthful.

    There. I win. ;)

  8. Oh Shirley, what can I say?

  9. That recipe looks divine. And not only because of the pork factor :)

    I try and match but find it really hard to match wine with Asian food flavours, especially when they are strong flavours such as lemongrass, chilli and lime. Will give this a go. Thanks Kerry.

  10. I really enjoyed this recipe. It was easy to make and great flavours. I'm sure you will enjoy. You could try throwing in some bean sprouts as well just to up the veg content.

  11. it allows me to unwind after a stressful day.

  12. Louise Lockwood4:40 pm

    I absolutely love my wine to match the food, and this recipe sounds divine

  13. Karren4:49 pm

    I love Jacobs Creek. Can drink it all day and love it with food or just by myself or with friends.

  14. It is my way of relaxing and unwinding after a long week!

  15. It is such a treat with a good meal....makes every mouthful of food taste better.

  16. One glass and the vault is open and my friend will divulge all his and everyone else's secrets!

  17. I like wine restores my patience after a trying day with the kids!

  18. ....because no-one else in the house does, which means that all of it is for me!!!! Mwahahaha

  19. adds a delicious and mature touch to what might be a very ordinary meal!

  20. Julia Mason10:06 am

    I love wine because it brings Mum and me together, strengthening our bond and making new memories!

  21. Nicole k3:43 pm

    It's the perfect way to end the week!!

  22. When my children are driving me batty,
    And I’m totally stressed to the max,
    A wine is just what I need,
    To escape, sit, drink and relax!

  23. AmberB11:37 pm

    I love wine because it tastes delicious!

  24. I like wine because it's so diverse - always something interesting & new to discover.

  25. Anonymous7:05 pm

    I like wine because it turns an average meal into a great one!

  26. tasty refreshing and beautiful with a meal

  27. i like wine because it relaxes me and it is fun to enjoy with the company i enjoy!

  28. I love cooking with wine... because it gives me an excuse to finish off the bottle.

  29. Anonymous10:43 pm

    It's the whole experience, the Thank goodness it's Friday wine, the romantic dinner wine, the celebration wine, the fabulous platter with friends wine, or even the going over the days events while getting dinner wine.

  30. At first glance I read 'lesbian pork with lemongrass' now if I had been drinking water tonight I'm sure I wouldn't have misread that!

  31. Wine helps me to unwined!!

  32. Anonymous7:03 pm

    I am a newbie with wine but am appreciating it more and more everyday!

  33. it's a great life line............. :)

  34. Anonymous9:16 pm

    I like wine because it tastes great and helps me to unwind after a stressful week (or sometimes day).

  35. It makes everything taste better...

  36. it makes my cooking taste bearable!

  37. I like wine because.... wine doesn't care if I'm having a fat day, a stressful day, a chaotic day... wine is always happy to see me.


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