If the wine-o in you has often felt left out on St. Patrick’s Day, fear not. For all you Guinness and Irish whiskey drinkers, we’ve got some suggestions that will hopefully bring you the luck of the Irish, pairing Irish-inspired recipes with Irish-rooted wines.
We’ve chosen for you some hearty, comfort food recipes and some belly-warming, equally comforting reds to help you channel your inner Shamrock and enjoy the day that celebrates Ireland. All you need to do is find some friends and some Irish soda bread.
Recipe: A little Irish Cheddar fondue is a warm and hearty meal for the vegetarian and non-vegetarian alike.
Wine: GREEN & RED VINEYARD “Chiles Mill” Zinfandel 2012 (St. Helena, CA) $26
When paired with fondue, this spicy, dark purple red will make you get up and dance an Irish jig, and while it’s not exactly an Irish winery, its name is green enough for us to make the match.
Recipe: Get your Guinness by way of food with this beef and Guinness pie. We suggest pairing it with a luscious, silky red with Irish heritage.
Wine: CONCANNON VINEYARD “Conservancy Crimson & Clover” 2010 (Livermore Valley, CA) $18
This Irish-American winery with four generations of family involved, maintains its Irish history with this spicy blend, made from mostly petite sirah, with some cabernet sauvignon, syrah, and zinfandel. The wine is rich with black fruit and hints of tobacco.
A few more suggestions to keep the St. Paddy’s day spirit alive with wine at your gathering: Vinho Verde (Portuguese wine translated Green Wine), wine from the Irish Family Vineyard or Shamrock Vineyards in Ohio.
Erin Go Bragh! (Ireland forever!)
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Photo by Rona Proudfoot, "Shamrock Cookies"