The heat’s on…pair it with Iowa Edelweiss, Iowa Sweet Corn, and Chili-Rubbed Pork Chops.

Tassel Ridge Iowa Edelweiss is a semi-sweet white wine with hints of fruit on the nose and palate. Served chilled, it’s a perfect pairing for Iowa Sweet Corn, Chili-Rubbed Pork Chops, and hot weather.

Tassel Ridge® Chili-Rubbed Pork Chops with Tomatillo Sauce


  • 1 tsp chili powder, toasted
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, toasted
  • tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • ½ medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 7 tomatillos, quartered
  • 1 ancho pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • ¾ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 4 8-oz bone-in pork chops
  • ¾ cup Tassel Ridge Iowa Edelweiss


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and preheat grill. Combine chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder in bowl. Set spice aside. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onions. Cook until onions begin to brown. Add jalapeño, garlic, tomatillos, ancho pepper, poblano pepper, lemon juice, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, or until peppers are soft. Add cilantro. Put mixture into blender. Blend until smooth. Season with salt to taste. Set aside. Season pork chops with dry spice mix. Place chops on grill. Cook for 2 minutes, or until grill marks are nice and dark. Turn chops. Grill for another 2 minutes, or until grill marks are nice and dark. Place chops in oven safe pan. Add Tassel Ridge Iowa Edelweiss. Cook about 7 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 140°F. Place chops on plates. Spoon tomatillo sauce over chops. Serves 4.

Recipe Notes

Wine Recommendation—Tassel Ridge Iowa Edelweiss

Iowa Edelweiss is a semi-sweet white wine with the scent of ripe pineapple followed by hints of mandarin orange, pear, and pineapple on the palate. Made entirely from Edelweiss grapes grown in our Iowa vineyards, Iowa Edelweiss pairs well with meats seasoned with Caribbean Jerk or other spicy seasonings, spicy Asian foods, and salads with pineapple, pear, apple, or papaya. Serve chilled.