For us at The Barn Group, extra luck is always welcome. And with that said, there are a number of foods believed to bring good fortune for the New Year. Kick off 2014 by savoring these lucky foods with perfectly paired wines.

Greens Bring the Green

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Sautee a handful of hearty greens, or add raw to a soup and allow them to wilt. By eating greens at the beginning of the year, it is said more green paper will enter your wallet. In addition, those greens may advance one of your New Year’s resolutions, like eating more healthfully.

Wine Pairing: A bitter green can benefit from a sweeter wine, so try a Moscato or Riesling.

Pork for Positive Direction

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Pigs root forward and eating pork for the New Year is believed to move your life in a positive direction. Another philosophy suggests eating a fat pig ensures a year rich with happiness.  

Wine Pairing: A light Pinot Noir is a great pairing for leaner meats like pork.

Gobble Grapes for Good Luck

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In Spain and Latin American countries, it’s tradition to eat twelve grapes in the New Year, representing each month of the year. Each sweet grape indicates a good month of the coming year and sour ones suggest difficult months.  

Wine Pairing: Since wine is fermented grape juice, you can’t go wrong here.

Coins Come After the Peas

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The tradition of eating black eyed peas for luck dates back to the Civil War. Since black eyed peas were originally planted for livestock feed, the crops were spared by troops from the North, thus providing sustenance for surviving Confederate soldiers. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that these beans are said to look like coins, thus inviting wealth.

Wine Pairing: Try Chardonnay to soften the minerality of the beans.

Circle Cakes Ring in the New Year

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Circular foods bring luck for the New Year with their symbolism of coming full circle. So, grab a doughnut and look forward to a great year.

Wine Pairing: A demi-sec sparkling wine has just the right amount of sweetness for cakes and doughnuts.

Cheers to 2014 from The Barn Group!