Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Seven Springs Winery!

Join us for this Irish Holiday! 

St. Patrick's Day is a celebration of Irish culture.  In America, each year we dress up in green to celebrate with parades, music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as crafts, coloring and games.  Many people think whiskey and beer when they think about St. Patrick's Day and Ireland, but did you know that Ireland also makes wine?

Although in limited quantities, some wines are actually grown and produced in Ireland and Ireland is officially listed as a wine producing country.  Despite the unlikely climate, there are a handful of producers growing grapes and making wine in the southern half of the country, particularly in County Cork and County Clare.  The wines are largely sold to a local consumer base.  The Irish tend to produce white wines, but also make a few reds.

One of the first wineries is at the site of Bunratty Castle.  In 1979, the coach houses there were restored and it is in one of those houses that Bunratty Mead is made.  Mead is a honey wine that can be made in many different styles.  Among other wineries in Southern Ireland, you will find Blackwater Valley Vineyard and Longueville House Vineyard in Mallow, West Waterford Vineyard in Cappoquin and the Thomas Walk Vineyard in Kinsale.  Lusk, North County Dublin also produces a wine called "Lusca."

Whiskey is the beverage more readily associated with Ireland.  It's still debated whether Ireland or Scotland was the first to produce a spirit distilled from malted barley.  However, there is a strong movement towards a general agreement that whisky was introduced by the Irish to the Scottish, not vice versa.  The lack of an answer to this question is reflected in the two spellings for what is essentially the same beverage: whisky known by the Scottish, Japanese and Canadians versus whiskey known by the Irish and Americans.

Since we can't all jump on a plane to Ireland, come on out to Seven Springs Winery to enjoy some local wines of Missouri. No matter your tastes, Seven Springs Winery has something for you from beer to wine, appetizers and more! Join us this St. Patrick's Day weekend for some beer or wine at the best winery at the Lake of the Ozarks!

For more information on Bunratty Mead visit: http://homepage.eircom.net/~bunrattywinery/historymead.htm

For more information on the Lusca wine visit:  http://www.llewellynsorchard.ie/

Come for the wine...Stay for the atmosphere...Remember the view! 

Seven Springs is the finest Winery at the Lake of the Ozarks with a full service facility perfect for outdoor weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events and parties.  Call us today to make reservations for your special event!

Seven Springs Winery
846 Winery Hills Estates
Linn Creek, MO 65052

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