For me, St. Patrick's Day conjures up two things; the image of college boys getting way too drunk on green beer, and the overwhelming fear of being pinched at school for not wearing green. Pinches aplently! Ouch!
Though neither of those things are relatively pleasant, this day of celebrations for mighty green leprechauns holds a special place in my heart. i come from a family of redheads -a passel of gingers with the corresponding fair skin and heavy dusting of freckles -which has always created the assumption that I am Irish, "at least a little bit, right"? Though that may be so, I'm not quite sure. My heritage has always run a bit closer to German than Irish but even so, I've always had a sense of kinship with my fellow ginger peeps.
Wine and traditional Irish fare isn't necessarily a popular combination -the saltiness of the food typically pairs better with a pint of ale, like the well-known Irish Guinness. Unfortunately I had the unsavory fate of being Gluten Intolerant, which means I will be pairing ales with nothing anymore (insert sad face here). I can still enjoy all of my favorite wines though, so..... bright side!?
This St. Patrick's Day I will be providing my kids with the opportunity to complain about
a new dinner entree -The traditional Dublin Coddle! This dish is made of mostly bacon,
sausage, potatoes, and onions and I think it sounds delicious. I mean, who doesn't love bacon, right?!
As I was contemplating which wine would pair well with this dish I was stuck between
two different avenues; do I go with a bold, red wine that will stand up to the rich hearty flavors this dish brings, or do I choose a crisp, white wine that will work to cleanse the palate and cut through the saltiness of the meat while bringing out the sweetness of the sausage and vegetables?
I think I'm going to go with the white wine. The 2013 Stainless Steel Aged Pinot Gris from Sarver Winery will do the trick nicely. It's a semi-dry wine with with fruity notes and a bright, crisp finish, with just a touch of residual sugar. Sounds Perfect! Now if I can just get my kids to get through the entire meal without a complaint, it will be a St. Patty's Day miracle!