The sun beats down on the vines all day long on the Western Slope, helping the hundreds of acres of grapes ripen with delicious sugars and structure that make Colorado wine so unique.

That same heat keeps us from wanting to do too much outside during the day, however. It even zaps our mighty appetites until the sun has long since set — we don’t eat dinner until close to 9 p.m. on some evenings. But once the sun has dropped and the mercury has dipped, we light up the grill, soak ourselves in bug spray and enjoy a relaxed Palisade evening with this pork entrée and a bottle of our 2009 Family Reserve Red.

Bacon-wrapped pork loin with corn succotash
Prep: 1 hour
Cooking: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 pounds of pork loin
  • 4 to 6 slices of bacon
  • 4 ears of Olathe corn
  • Green bell pepper, diced
  • Onion, diced
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup Mesa Park Vineyards 2009 Family Reserve Red
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Butter

Directions:

Wrap your pork loin in slices of bacon, place in a dish with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup red wine. Marinate for 1 hour. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 1 hour.

Once the pork is in the oven, in a sauté pan start with 1 tablespoon of butter, then add diced onion and green bell pepper and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes. Add chopped garlic, cook for an addition 1-2 minutes.

Cook corn in husk on outside grill for 20 minutes. Remove husk and cut corn of the cob with a sharp knife. Add corn to onion and bell pepper mix.

On the side: We love to take advantage of our gardens come dinnertime. Here’s a quick salad to put together from your garden (or the community market such as the Palisade Sunday Market) that serves as a perfect partner to the pork. Pick and rinse lettuce from the garden, add accruements of your choice such as dried cranberries, cottage cheese, onions, croutons and salad dressing.

Pair with:
Mesa Park Vineyards, Grand Valley, Estate Bottled 2009 Family Reserve Red ($22). This blend of 40% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon features blueberries and plums on the nose and a smooth chocolate finish.

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