Sherry Soaked Medjool Dates with Manchego and Bacon
Wine Pairing: Chenin Blanc, Champagne
12 Medjool dates, whole and pitted
1 cup dry Sherry
6 slices bacon, cut in half
2 oz Manchego cheese
Cracked black pepper, to taste
Toothpicks (soaked in water to prevent burning)
In a small bowl, combine dates and sherry. Cover and place in refrigerator. Soak six hours to overnight.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.