Spring is in the air. Even though we still get some snow here and there, you can feel it’s warmer. That usually means a better mood. And that usually means more good time spent with friends and family. And let’s not forget St Patrick’s Day! It’s the beginning of the end of the winter season. Celebrated first in 1600, it recognizes both Irish and American cultures. Irish whiskies and beers are being purchased in bulk. But what about wine? Here are some suggestions that you should try. And don’t forget to wear green!
Red Wine: Highlands 41 Pinot Noir from Monterey, California. Named after historic Highway 41 and the rugged Creston Highlands. In 1934 Highway 41 was completed to connect Yosemite to the Pacific Ocean. Grapes come from their estate vineyards which are certified sustainable. They are also situated at more than 1300ft in the Creston Highlands. This Pinot Noir shows red fruits and spice on the nose, followed by an ocean of black cherries on the palate. Finish is smooth and acidity is very balanced, which makes it a great match with the traditional corn beef and cabbage meal. The price of $17.99 is well worth it. And Wine Enthusiast rated it 91 points.
Beer: It’s not Irish. But hopefully we are forgiven for mistaking Australian accent for Irish. Most importantly this beer is delicious and on sale all of March. It is New Belgium’s Wild Ride Amber IPA. The brand name Wild Ride is used by permission of Wild Ride Brewing, Redmond, OR and Sand Creek Brewing, Black River Falls, WI. It is created to celebrate their 30th Anniversary and is a tribute to their beloved Fat Tire Amber Ale. It has an American-style aroma with sweet malt and amber characteristics. An easy to love IPA that is a reflection of New Belgium’s wild ride during the years. Enjoy a 6 pack cans for only $9.99.