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 grilled cheese, chocolate covered bacon…
Did I mention bacon-bedazzled Audis?

Bacon-dazed club dancing?

I could go on.  No, really.

We did consume some darn tasty bacon treats and washed them all down with PBR’s.  Pabst Blue Ribbon beer is just the best thing to quench your thirst from eating lots of greasy, salty bacon!

We arrived back home and both swore on our bulging waistlines to never eat bacon again!  Ever.

A glass of wine on the sunny patio seemed to be a good thing for calming our over-saturated digestive issue. I chose a Pinot Noir–not too heavy, but exhibiting some smoky aromas to follow all that smoky bacon.

The Byron 2012 Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, highly rated, affordably priced, was my choice.

Santa Maria Valley is found in Santa Barbara County in the southern end of the large Central Coast region of California. Santa Maria has a unique climate combining warm California sunshine with cool ocean breezes due to the east-west orientation of the ranges there. This creates conditions perfect for driving ripe fruit and high acidity, perfect for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.

HERE IS THE WOW!
The bright garnet-colored wine gives off aromas of smoky dried herbs and cherries, graham cracker and a hint of floral perfume.

The palate is soft with black cherry on the front along with dried cherries and currants, and dried savory herbs. Dusty earth notes appear mid-palate.  A zip of pepper spice kicks in on the finish while sweet cherry fruit and herbs linger on.  Bright acidity keeps everything lively.

This Pinot Noir was a pleasant change after consuming so much bacon!

Bacon Poutine and Bacon Glazed Wings…

Bacon Wrapped Ribs…

Bacon Cheddar Croissant…

Bacon Chocolate Peanut Cluster–bacon heaven!

We brought a piglet cookie home! 

It will no doubt be a nice dessert after our Asparagus BACON Pasta for today’s dinner. Wait, more bacon? Oh yes, please.

THIS WINE IS A WOW! FOR:
Sipping after over-indulging on bacon;
Trying to forget bacon;
A wine drinker who wants a full-bodied Pinot Noir that is earthy and spicy.

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