Does your family like to celebrate fun holidays? Do you know about St. Urho’s Day? St. Urho’s day is a fun easy to celebrate holiday you, your spouse, and your whole family will enjoy. St. Urho’s day is a fun way to enjoy a Finnish-American tradition. St. Urho’s Day is on March 16th, the day before St. Patrick’s Day where Finnish-Americans honor and cherish grapes. People of Finnish descent in the United States and Canada (I hear some in Finland too) celebrate St. Urho’s Day by eating grapes, wearing purple and green, and drinking wine.
I’m celebating St. Urho’s day with wine from a sensational wine club I enjoy. I love a good glass of wine either red or white. My St. Urho’s Day post includes a review of a fantastic wine club featuring family owned wineries. I love to share my good finds with people (and my Blog Family). I will share tasty snacks, a wine reivew, and St. Urho’s Day fun with you. From my family to yours, enjoy!
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History of St. Urho’s Day
I grew up hearing the story of St. Urho’s day each year from my dad who is 100% Finnish. Both his parents were born in Finland and migrated to the United States as children. Each year my dad would grin as he told us the story of the legend of St. Urho who chased the grasshoppers out of Finland and saved the grape crops at the vineyard. St. Urho’s Day lives in my sweet childhood memories as my dad would pull out an old newsclipping about St. Urho’s Day and read it to us each March 16th. He would tell us to wear purple and buy grapes for us to eat. He’d have a glass of wine with his grapes while we snacked on the grapes.
The story originated in the 1950’s in northern Minnesota where many Finnish-Americans had settled and called home. St. Urho’s Day parades and celebrations have been held for years and many continue on today. I never knew until I was an adult that St. Urho was actually a fictional character, but that didn’t tarnish the fun memories for me.
Today I continue the St. Urho’s tradition in my own family with grapes, wine, and delicious snacks.
How to Celebrate St. Urho’s Day
- Wear purple (and green if you choose, we always wear just purple)
- Eat grapes and add in other snacks and appetizers like yummy cheese and bread or crackers or on cucumbers
- Drink wine (adults) and grape juice for the kids
- Talk about how St. Urho, mythical saint of Finland, who chased the grasshopper hordes out of Finland and saved the grapes
- Make a Finnish meal like my Pasty Recipe, another Finnish tradition
- Make a Finnish treat like Apple and Prune Tarts
Wine with Cheese
My husband and I enjoy having cheese with wine especially on St. Urho’s Day. On this day prior to St. Patick’s Day, we open a bottle of wine and savor it with delicious cheese, bread, and red grapes. We are members of The California Wine Club and their wine is so wonderful and sensational. This pack arrived with a Chardonnay and a Zinfandel from Corrick Lane. This club offers many different wines from small artisan family owned California wineries. I love supporting a small family owned business which was one of the aspects that drew me to joining this wine club. They offer different packages and types of wine. It is wonderful and convenient to have it delivered right to our house. I like this kind of mail delivery! Buy The California Wine Club’s International Series for yourself
I set up a bowl of red grapes, french bread, and cheddar cheese so my kids can participate in the fun holiday too. The kids can wear purple too and participate in the fun.
Happy Hour Snack
For a tasty happy hour snack add Mediterranean parmesan cheese, Wisconisn cheddar cheese, buttered French bread, and red grapes to the plate. I simply couldn’t wait, I had to try both the Zinfandel and the Chardonnay. While I completely loved both, I fell in love with the Chardonnay. It was so light and smooth without any unpleasant aftertaste. I enjoy both red and white wine, though I admit red is usually my favorite.
For a tasty carbohydrate free appetizer with a glass of wine, try topping cucmber slices with Mediterranean Parmesan cheese slivers or any type of cheese. I love aged cheese with wine, so sensational together I’m convinced they were made for each other. Wisconsin aged cheese is my favorite!
It’s so exciting to receive my wine shipment. The wines are handcrafted and of very high quality. I am very pleased with their product and I will remain a member of their club for years to come. I love how there are different choices in the club for frequency of delivery. To learn more click on their gorgeous image below of red wine to access my affiliate link.
Wine for Enjoyment
I have a strange little quirk I love to do when enjoying wine. I use base of the wine glass as a little plate for my cheese. Sometimes I want just a little piece of cheese to enjoy with the wine and the base of my glass accomodates nicely as a mini plate. I have to remember to pop the cheese in my mouth before I tip the glass too far to prevent the cheese from falling to the ground. The delicious cheese is to precious to waste.
I sincerely hope you enjoyed learning about St. Urho’s Day, wine, and appetizers. I hope your family incorporates this fun holiday into your home. Happy St. Urho’s Day to you!
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