In a medium saucepan, combine:
1 c Gewurztraminer
1 c apple cider
1 cinnamon stick
1 whole vanilla bean, split and scraped OR
2 t vanilla extract; if using extract, ADD AFTER syrup is
removed from heat
Bring to boil, reduce heat and add:
8 oz dried apricot halves
Simmer for 20 minutes, or until a syrup consistency is achieved. Remove from heat. [Add vanilla extract, if using.] Set aside and keep warm. This mixture can be made 1 day ahead and reheated.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
1 4-rib pork loin roast (about 2 ½ to 3 pounds), chine bone removed
1 t salt
1 t freshly ground black pepper
In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat
1 T vegetable oil
Place pork in pan and brown on all sides. Place pork on a rack in a roasting pan and roast in the oven for about 45 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer inserted in the center of the pork registers 145 degrees F. Remove pork from the oven, cover loosely with aluminum foil, and let stand for 15 minutes. [This should raise temperature to 150 degrees F]
Cut pork loin into 4 portions and spoon on the apricot compote.
Wildwood suggests plating by distributing Vegetable Barley on to individual plates, topping each portion with wilted spinach and a slice of pork and spooning apricot compote over the pork.