Cider-Braised Pork Chops
Hard cider--low in alcohol, not too sweet, and gently flavorful--works beautifully in savory dishes. Here it adds a subtle apple note and keeps the meat juicy. Serve with egg noodles or mashed sweet potatoes.Wine Pairing: An elegant, herbal red like Trefethen Family 2012 Merlot (Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley; $40). The rounded tannin structure of Merlot loves the chewy texture of pork, and the resiny cedar and mint quality of this bottle works well with the herbs in the sauce.