Bacon has a reputation as a ‘heart attack’ food, but if you are enjoying it in moderation, there’s no reason not to deprive yourself of this lovely meat. One way to make Bacon even more enjoyable is to add a glass of wine with your meal.
Best Wines with Bacon
- Pinot Noir
- Off-Dry Riesling
- Sparkling Wine
- American Wheat Beer
Pinot Noir and Bacon
A light and slightly candied Pinot Noir wine from California pairs well with bacon as the wine is slightly sweet, and earthy. The sweetness of the wine is a great foil to the saltiness of the bacon, making for a refreshing combination.
Tannin in certain red wines tend to accentuate the saltiness found in food, therefore a high tannin Cabernet Sauvignon or Barolo would not be pleasant with Bacon. Pinot Noir is lower in tannin and is thus considered an acidic red wine. Acidic wines come across as refreshing when paired against salty foods, which is why this is a great match.
Pinot Noir can be enjoyed with Bacon as part of a Brunch, as the candied sweetness of the wine will hold its own against any salmon, roast beef or ham which is part of the breakfast meal. Pinot Noir also fantastic with Bacon Topped pizza or a split pea and bacon soup.
Off-Dry Riesling and Bacon
With its crisp apple and pear like flavours, an off-dry Riesling is already best friends with ham. This makes it a simple hop, skip, and jump to being excellent with bacon. You’ll love how Riesling cuts through the saltiness and grease of bacon so each bite tastes as fresh as the next.
I wouldn’t pair a Riesling with a bacon-topped burger, as this wine won’t hold up against red meat, however, it is suitable with a BLT or Bacon topped pizza.
Rosé and Bacon Pairing
A refreshing Rosé, which from the colour might have you thinking that you’re drinking something sweet, is normally quite dry and features crisp raspberry and black fruit flavours. Again this would be perfect for a breakfast brunch, and it would be just as amazing with a BLT.
The reason why Rosé goes excellent with a BLT sandwich is that it is able to cut through the weight of the mayo and bacon grease, and zero in on those sweet but earthy bacon flavours.
A slightly sweet sparkling wine like a Prosecco works wonder with the greasiness and saltiness of Bacon. Sparkling wine is also the perfect catch all for Breakfast Brunch as it is refreshing and acts as a palate cleanser.
Sparkling wine is also perfect with BLT sandwiches in that it holds up well against mayo, and it won’t have any issues with the tomato, where a red wine might come across as metallic and flat.
American Wheat Beer
American Wheat Beers are bright beers that have a bright tang and a refreshing finish. Again, this is another perfect beverage suitable for brunch as this beer’s high carbonation can slice through the wall of salty and greasy bacon flavours like a well honed Samurai sword.
Another beer worth experimenting with would be an American Stout. The dry roasted malt flavours of the beer magically draw out the salt and allow the meaty characters of the Bacon to shine. Stout has a fruity component that provides a nice contrast to the earthy bacon flavour. This pairing is delightful with a fully loaded bacon cheeseburger.