Beer gets all of the attention for St. Patrick’s Day and I’m not saying I don’t have a sip of green beer to celebrate, but I still prefer wine. I know, I defy my red-headed roots sometimes, but I guess rebellion is part of my DNA. I’m deviating a bit from my usual wine of the week style, but a holiday week deserves a little special treatment. Here are a few suggested St. Patrick’s Day wine and food pairings.
Soda Bread & Champagne
This is perhaps my favorite St. Patrick’s Day wine and food pairing. Soda bread is light and filling and a glass of bubbly is a perfect companion. Korbel Nautral is light and dry and doesn’t leave you with a headache like many of its Korbel siblings.
Cornbeef and cabbage & Pinot Noir
A light Pinot Noir balances the flavors of this dish. A few of my favorites are Iter Pinot Noir and Erath. Not as heavy as some other Irish cuisine, the light cabbage and corn beef balances nicely with earthy and cherry-forward Pinot Noir.
Shepard’s (Cottage) Pie & Shiraz
I head to another English-speaking land, Australia, for some of my favorite Shiraz. Heavy with tobacco and chocolate notes, a full-bodied Shiraz will stand up to the oily beef and savory whipped mashed potatoes. Layer Cake Shiraz is an affordable choice.
Of course the meal needs to be followed by an Irish Coffee, so head on over to The Cocktail Couple’s list of green cocktails with one of the most delish looking Irish coffee’s I’ve seen in awhile.
May the luck of the Irish be with you always!