Yes we can’t believe we are in spring already, mainly due to our abysmal British weather, but this special occasion may just raise your spirits! St George’s Day, Tuesday 23rd April 2013 is just around the corner, so what better way to celebrate our English heritage than by enjoying a nice glass of wine alongside one of these classic dishes.

Why do we celebrate St George’s Day?

St George’s Day is long standing in our English heritage. It originates from a story dating back to the 6th century. St George rescued a maiden in distress by slaying a fire-breathing dragon. His name was shouted, as a battle cry, by English knights and to this day shows a mark of respect to those who fought beneath the red-cross banner of St George during the Hundred Years War. For further information on St George’s Day please see the BBC website.

What should I serve for St George’s Day?

Bookmark this blog post of St George’s Day recipes and let us do all the hard work, not you! This resource can provide you with fantastic food and drink pairings for St George’s Day this year, let the celebrations commence. If you have a recipe you would like to share with us please feel free to leave a blog comment below and we will respond to you as soon as possible, alternatively tweet us (@WinewareUK).

English stew

Drink recommendation: We recommend a glass of red wine, Merlot or Malbec, to complement the rich and tasty stew. The richness of this dish really works well with red wine; try it for yourself! We suggest following the BBC Good Food stew recipe.

Bubble and squeak

Drink recommendation:Bubble and squeak is a classic hands down. We love this dish and we know this recipe can use a red wine within its sauce. If you have had a bottle of red open for a couple of days why not use it in this. It makes a delicious liquid base and the vegetables soak up the flavours beautifully. Why not use this recipe from BBC Good Food?

Beef wellington or roast beef and all the trimmings

Drink recommendation: Beef wellington is great served alongside a glass of red our favourites include: Bordeaux, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon or Rioja! We recommend using Gordon Ramsay’s recipe; delicious!

Lighter meal option- Ploughman’s lunch

Drink recommendation: Enjoy this timeless and traditional classic with a glass of Pinot Grigio. This refreshing combination may also make the weather feel more like summer (we can hope anyway). Please note, when choosing the wine consider what cheeses are being served, refer to our blog on wine and cheese pairings for a comprehensive list.

What desserts are associated with St George’s Day?

Classics like bakewell tart are synonymous with our English history; cobbled streets, bakeries and tea are never far from any English town. If you really want to follow up your day of celebrations properly, then do it the British way with a spot of afternoon tea. Polish your silverware and unveil your tiered cake stand to celebrate St George’s Day in style. ‘Tweet’ us your St George’s Day feasts/banquets.