Toast to Independence

Summer is here, the temperatures are rising, and soon backyard barbecues and picnics will be planned in commemoration of our great nation’s birthday. On the 4th of July, what better way to pay homage to the United States than by enjoying a bottle of wine made right here in our own country? Within the last few years, the United States has become the largest wine consumer in the world. The United States is also the fourth leading wine producer in the world. When selecting a wine to serve at your Independence Day event, you would never go wrong with a wine from California, the leading producer of wine in the United States. The following list outlines our best suggestions for specific wines to enjoy on the upcoming holiday.

  1. Zinfandel: Zinfandel is a great choice for Independence Day because of its rich history in the United States. According to records, Zinfandels are some of the oldest grape vines in the country with plants dating back to the 1820s. For a beautiful pairing, serve Zinfandel with barbecue and the wine will complement the sweet and smoky flavors. Grilled steak and spicy sausage are also perfect matches for Zinfandel.
  2. Chardonnay: Raise your glasses on the 4th of July with Chardonnay. Chardonnay is a mainstay of the United States wine industry. Grilled or fried chicken are an excellent pairing. Served chilled, Chardonnay is a refreshing drink and a delicious accompaniment to most foods that would be eaten on this festive holiday.
  3. Madeira: There is no wine more suitable for celebrating July 4th than with Madeira. Madeira was popular in the American colonies and was consumed by our founding fathers. In fact, Madeira was George Washington’s favorite wine and his journals record his wine purchases. Madeira goes well with a wide array of foods and is not affected by the July sun or hot temperatures.

Regardless of what wine variety you choose to celebrate with, be sure to break out the ice bucket and chill the wine for a refreshing summer treat. Cheers!