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St. Patrick's Day for Wine Lovers

Updated: Mar 8, 2021

We know, St. Patrick's Day is traditionally celebrated with green beer, Guinness, Corned Beef, Red Potatoes, and Soda Bread but what if we told you there's plenty of room for some incredible wine pairings too?? That's right, we've found the perfect wine pairings for all of your St. Patrick's Day favorites!

First, there's the food.

A staple of any St. Patrick's Day celebration, melt-in-your-mouth corned beef is not only delicious and irresistible, but also can but turned into the perfect slow cooker meal - and I mean, who doesn't love a good slow cooker meal? I know with our busy schedules, I love any excuse to break out our crockpot, instapot, anything that doesn't require a ton of effort.

We found the perfect recipe from The Hungry Bluebird, for Corned Beef, Cabbage and Red Potatoes!

Don't forget the Soda Bread!

Some might argue it's the best part of this traditional meal!

Image Credit: Kelly, The Hungry Bluebird (2019)

Check out a slow cooker version, or instapot version of the Corned Beef recipe.

Then, there's the beer? NOPE! We're drinking wine!

What wines pair with these St. Patrick's Day Favorites?

These Complexity Favorites are sure to complement your traditional St. Patrick's Day meal and kick off your celebrations! After one sip of these incredible wines, your friends might be putting down those beers and asking for some too! Who says wine lovers can't have fun on St. Patrick's Day??

The salty, fatty, yumminess of corned beef with its bay leaf and peppercorn flavoring pairs incredibly with a fruity red like our Sculpterra Pinot Noir or Vino Vargas Zinfandel. For a white option, try the Bernard Griffin, Dry Reisling or Villa San Juliette Sauvignon Blanc.

Here's a little more about each wine:

Sculpterra Winery in Paso Robles is a lovely winery complete with a sculpture garden in which each sculpture is featured as artwork on their bottles. The winemaker, Paul Frankel, is an absolute gem who we have absolutely fallen head over heels for. If you haven't visited them yet, it's a definite must-go on our list of Paso wineries. The 2018 vintage is aromatic with cherries and earthiness with a creamy acidity and smooth finish with a dash of minerality. Aside from being one of our top sellers, it's also a house favorite and we always have this open for family dinners and get-togethers.

Vino Vargas Winery is another Paso Robles favorite, tucked away at the end of long dirt road off the 101 - trust us, the trek is more than worth it! The owners Pedro and Vicki are the perfect husband and wife team who make not only incredible wine, but offer an incredible experience as well with their humble kindness. Don't let their humble demeanor fool you, their wine is top of the line, winning tons of awards and will knock you off your feet with never-ending layers of complexity as the wine dances on your palette. The 2017 CruZin Zinfandel is no exception to the perfection that comes from Vino Vargas. Scarlet red in color with beautiful purple hues, this well-balanced wine features dark fruits like blackberry and currants with black pepper and spice. It is dry, yet jammy with fruit forward notes that dance between acidity and sweetness with a hint of vanilla on the nose. This wine will not disappoint!

Barnard Griffin was founded in 1983 and has quickly spread itself across several wineries in Washington State. Of their 8 vineyards, their Riesling is grown on Caroway Vineyard (Estate) in Columbia Valley. The founder, Rob Griffin, took a leap of faith and pioneered the art of wine growing in Washington State - Thank goodness for us he did! Rob and his wife, Deborah Barnard, established Barnard Griffin winery in 1983 with a small truckload of borrowed fruit and a rented cellar. That leap of faith and years of hard work and dedication have grown into one of Washington's most enduring and award-wining wineries. This Dry Riesling features bright acidity with a sunny medley of floral, spice and orange blossom. Richly textured but also lively and refreshing, the slightly mineral finish is dry and satisfying.

Villa San Juliette is truly a beautiful 130-acre estate vineyard, nestled against the Cholame Hills in the Paso Robles Estrella District. Known for their Bordeaux and Rhone-style wines, and as the producers of the prime-time hit American Idol! The dynamic winemaking style at VSJ achieves balance and complexity while highlighting the natural character of the fruit. The wines are made in small lots with precision and care, aged in French and American barrels, and blended throughout the aging process to fully integrate the flavors that result in cohesive and elegant wines. The Sauvignon Blanc is pleasant on the nose with hints of green apple and citrus. Meyer lemon and minerality hit the palate first, finishing with a creamy vanilla that is soft, yet lightweight; its flavorful, long-lasting finish will transport you to the lush landscape of your own private estate and is the perfect white for a beautiful spring day!

So, who says wine lover's can't have fun on St. Patricks Day too? Cook up some Corned Beef and Cabbage, put that soda bread in the oven, deck yourself (and the dog) out in all green, pour yourself a glass of wine and have some fun!

Have your beer lover friends try a sip of one of these, and you might even convert them!

Cheers! To celebrating together, no matter what's in our glass.

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Theresa Robertson
Theresa Robertson
Mar 05, 2021

Fabulous ideas! I definitely will try the recipes with the pairings! Can't wait!

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