St. Patrick's Day and.... wine?
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!