Main Dish

Red Wine and Chocolate Pork Stew with Aerated Yams

Merriam Vineyards

11650 Los Amigos Road
Healdsburg, CA 95488

The only way to make pork stew any better is to add wine and chocolate. This is a favorite of all ages in our home.

  • 3 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 cups diced onions
  • 1 cup peeled and diced celery root
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup diced portobello mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon dark chili powder
  • 2 cups Cabernet Franc
  • 4 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 8 cups pork or beef stock
Season the pork with about 1 tablespoon salt. 

In a large, heavy pot, warm the oil. Working in batches if needed, add the pork and brown on all sides. Transfer to a large bowl. 

Add the onions and celery root to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until they take on just a little color, 4 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 6 minutes. Add the cocoa powder and chili powder and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add the wine and deglaze the pan, stirring with a wooden spoon to scrape up the browned bits. 

Add the tomatoes and orange juice, then return the pork to the pot. Cook over medium-high heat until the liquid is reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Add the stock and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the pork is tender. Adjust the seasoning with salt.


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • Pinch of ground cumin
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Pinch of ground allspice
  • 2 cups peeled and cubed yams (1-inch cubes)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Kosher salt, to taste
In a large sauté pan, melt the butter. Add the onions, chile powder, cumin, cinnamon, cloves and allspice and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the yams along with just enough water to cover them and cook until tender. 

Transfer the yam mixture, including the water, to a blender and blend until smooth. Add the cream and season with salt. Fill a whipped cream canister with the yam mixture and charge. 


Serve the pork stew with the aerated yams.

Merriam Vineyards

11650 Los Amigos Road
Healdsburg, CA 95488