The nose on the Vermentino offers notes of apricot and kumquat. On the palate, one gets notes of coconut, candied ginger and lemon peel. Consider pairing with soft cheeses, citrus-based dishes, or Asian cuisine.
Pork Chops with Cherry-Miso Mostarda
1 Tbsp. canola oil, plus more for brushing
1 shallot, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup dried sour cherries (5 ounces)
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
2 Tbsp. white miso
1 1/2 Tbsp. whole-grain mustard
Kosher salt and pepper
4 10-ounce, bone-in pork chops, about 1 1/4 inches thick
In a small saucepan, heat the 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the shallot and garlic; cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the cherries, sugar, vinegar, miso, mustard and 1/2 cup of water; bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the cherries are coated in a sauce, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Scrape into a bowl and let cool; stir in a little water if too thick.
Heat a large cast-iron skillet. Brush the pork with oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Add the pork to the skillet and cook over moderate heat, turning once, until browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in each piece near the bone registers 135 degrees, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer the pork chops to plates or a platter and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve with the mostarda.
Recipe credit: 2017 Time Inc.