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Wine and Bacon? Why Not?!

January 15, 2019 Leave a comment Go to comments

There is a good chance that you love good food and wine pairing as much as the next connoisseur. We all know that successful pairings are very far from trivial, and we also know that not all the foods are good with the wine.

So have you ever thought of pairing bacon with wine? I’m sure that there is a very good chance that such a pairing never crossed your mind, despite the fact that you might love each one on its own – bacon and wine – almost religiously (there are lots of people in this world who will start drooling just at a sound of the word “bacon”).

Before we continue – or before you stop reading this as you don’t eat bacon for whatever reason (religious, veganism, anything) – I need to ask you (beg you?) – please do not fret. Bacon doesn’t have to be made out of pork! In today’s world, besides turkey bacon, which I agree is generally very pedestrian and not satisfying, there are also Beef Bacon, Duck Bacon, and even variety of Vegan Bacon – your life doesn’t have to be bacon-less, even if pork is off the menu for good.

What wine to serve with bacon is typically not the question you are facing, though. The main reason is that in the direct form – a slice of bacon and a glass of wine – they belong to the different, non-overlapping “time zones”. Bacon is a morning food, and wine, umm, really not. Yes, bacon easily takes on the role of a condiment at lunch and dinner, but then it is a whole another story in terms of the wine pairing.

But then there is brunch, where bacon is still a star, and who doesn’t like a glass of wine with their brunch? Or have you ever enjoyed bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with the blue cheese, so popular in many Spanish restaurants? So maybe bacon can be and should be paired with wine? Folks at Drinkable Gifts surely think so, and they even came up with infographics to illustrate their bacon and wine suggestions. As I’m an infographics junkie, I’m happy to share it with you. You can find all the detailed bacon recipes and pairing suggestions here.

I’m also curious in your opinion if you think suggested pairing combinations will work. Enjoy!

Source: DrinkableGifts.com

  1. January 15, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Love bacon! Definitely the gateway meat! 😀

    • January 15, 2019 at 1:38 pm

      Sounds good! What do you think of suggested pairings?

  2. January 15, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Absolutely yes to wine and bacon!!!

  3. January 15, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    The pairings are a bit vague, as on the one hand a grape variety does not accurately describe a wine (e.g. Chablis versus Californian Chardonnay) and the difference between different wood types used for smoking is not so big in relation to the general character of the bacon (which will be the same for all wood types) as to completely change the pairing.

    • January 15, 2019 at 4:01 pm

      I agree, Stefan. The pairings might be stretched – but they provide food for thought 🙂

  4. February 7, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    MY TWO FAVORITE THINGS

    • February 8, 2019 at 6:45 am

      I guess we have something in common 🙂 Cheers!

  5. March 20, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    mouth is salivating!

  6. April 4, 2019 at 7:17 am

    a slice of bacon and a glass of wine – they belong to the different, non-overlapping “time zones”. Bacon is a morning food, and wine, umm, really not. Yes, bacon easily takes on the role of a condiment at lunch and dinner, but then it is a whole another story in terms of the wine pairing.

    • April 4, 2019 at 3:12 pm

      well, I have to disagree with you. Nothing is black and white in the world of wine. For example, wine is served for breakfast in Portugal – both white and regular ports were available starting at 6:30 in the morning. Port with bacon? Delicious. Then think brunch – bacon is a star, and what brunch is any good without the wine? Two days ago I had bacon-wrapped dates in the evening – that plus a nice glass of Rioja? Delicious!

  1. February 7, 2019 at 11:13 pm

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