Three Cheers for the Red Wine and Blue
The 4th of July is just around the corner. For most Americans and their loved ones, it’s a day to celebrate and honour the land of the free and the home of the brave. That means a visit to a national park or a nearby lake, grilled food, cold drinks, fireworks, and spending time with loved ones.
Little do people know that wine was the go-to drink for Americans during its Independence Day. The American Founding Fathers loved their vino, and even toasted the union’s independence with wine. Betsy Ross, the woman widely credited for making the first American flag, had a side table with a glass of wine on it when she was sewing the banner.
Before you head on over to the lake and fire up the grill, be sure to have the right wines for your Independence Day celebrations. Here are what we recommend:
Broad Flavours and Bright Acids
For your grilled steaks and meats, pledge your allegiance to Cabernet Sauvignon. This full-bodied red goes well with burgers, steaks, and hotdogs hot off the grill. Its richness enhances the meat’s flavours while the acidity helps cut through the fat.
Try the Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon, an affordable noble wine that delivers the same result as the expensive ones. On the nose, it has hints of cedar, lilac, mocha, and vanilla. On the palate, it has a concentrated flow of black and red cherries laced with milk chocolate that lingers through the finish.
To the California Republic, for which Zinfandel stands
The California Zinfandel is described by some as “the most American bottle of wine.” It is a less refined version of Cabernet Sauvignon and has moderate level of tannins and high acidity.
It pairs well with Rib Eye, T-Bone or Porterhouse Steak and Barbeque Pork. Try the Carlisle Sonoma County Zinfandel, a blend with a medium-dark to dark ruby-purple colour. It packs flavours and aromas of plums, black cherry, clove, and freshly-tilled earth.
Rosé’s Red Glare
Rosé is the go-to wine for those who don’t like the full body of red but aren’t fans of the lightness of white. It’s also a great drink for warm weather.
This blush wine goes well with seafood, salads, and light pastas. The Chateau de Segries Tavel Rosé is an outstanding choice if you want to try a rosé wine. On the nose, it evokes aromas of puréed strawberries and raspberries. It’s fresh tasting, delicious, and perfectly balanced for a beautiful experience on the palate.
Madeira was the favoured drink of the Founding Fathers– George Washington and Thomas Jefferson treated it as their everyday wine.
Come the 4th of July, it’s a great buy as Madeira isn’t easily affected by the warm weather. A good choice would be Broadbent 10 year Malmsey Madeira, which pairs well with hamburgers with pickles, as well as most desserts.
Noir the Land of the Free
The 4th of July would never be complete without a red, white, and blue dessert– and flag cake takes the cake when it comes to desserts. Pinot Noir is an ideal partner with its bursting freshness.
The Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir, for example, offers a vivid and complex whiff of rose and carnation, with hints of cherry, clove, white chocolate, five spice, and herbs. On the palate, it offers a broad and packed taste with firm tannins and hints of earth that bring out flavours of strawberry jam, brandy, cherry, and espresso.
This 4th of July, be sure to celebrate America’s Independence by spending time with your loved ones, enjoying good food, sharing fine wine, and giving three cheers to the Red, White, and Blue.