Oh Bacon! And Byron Pinot Noir

It happens once a year in Des Moines and attracts nearly 15,000 people.  It is the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival and we all attend with the single purpose of eating bacon! A lot of bacon. Bacon strips, bacon wrapped ribs, bacon caramel gelato, bacon balls, bacon rangoon, bacon tacos, bacon lettuce wraps, bacon s’mores, bacon...

Rombauer Zinfandel and a Little Romance!

Exotic flower bouquets!!  Boxes of chocolate!  Bottles of Champagne!! Valentine’s day is big business in the grocery store and, honestly, it’s heartwarming to see so many men, women, younger, older, couples, singles, all planning for their special celebration of love! I succumbed to the hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries at my store. Who wouldn’t? But, if anyone tells...

Mer Soleil Silver and Another Remembrance

It was only eight months ago I raised my glass of Alsatian Pinot Gris to the heavens to toast my dear Aunt Eleanora upon her passing  (See “The Furst Pinot Gris and Remembering a Life of Grace”, June 14, 2015.) And now, I raise another glass, this time to her husband, my dear Uncle Harold. ...