Everyone knows Labor Day is the official start of summer, but Independence Day is the summer holiday that constantly brings families, neighborhoods, and communities together to celebrate. Swimming pools are open, boats in the water and fireworks light up the sky. While there are sure to be coolers full of sugars and beer at long weekend get-togethers, there should also be a selection of American wines.
Yes, American wine.
Our local wines pair well with a variety of dishes, offering non-beer drinkers another option, and have grown in popularity over the past decade. In addition, the US wine industry has constantly been around the world with award-winning wines, experimental bottling, and their consistently high quality.
To help you find a few bottles that will wow things, we reached out to wine experts Philip Vasilescu and Matthew Yumum, founders of the soon-to-be-opening Maison MURA in Miami. The fine blended wine shop, tasting room and restaurant will open in September. Designed to immerse consumers in the bespoke wine experience, it is the culmination of several years of planning by the French to create a place that presents drinking wine as a passion that everyone can enjoy. One of the places where they’ve worked over the years to infuse their love of wine is America’s Biggest Vacation.
The 4The tenth July is one of the biggest holidays in the US, and Americans should really be proud of the wine produced here. It’s very versatile and exquisite and can organize a party quickly,” says Yumum. “We picked the best American wines for the holiday because they embody the spirit of independence. Plus, they pair well with outdoor dining dishes like traditional barbecue food and seafood.”
Here are their six picks that will spice up any party all summer long.
Schramsberg, Mirabelle Brut Rosé: This Brut Rosé is a blend made with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Schramsberg vineyards in Napa-Carneros, the Sonoma Coast, Anderson Valley, and Marin County areas of California’s north coast. The multi-tasting Mirabelle Rosé is delicious on its own. However, it also goes well with everything from grilled salmon, to grilled pork ribs, to caprese salad. It also goes well with special Fourth of July desserts like apple pie and cheesecake. $32
Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Édition Rosé: This Rose Edition is made entirely by Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir. It is the favorite spring and summer wine of many as it has hints of grated lime, red cherry, aromas of apricots, candied peaches, and ripe cantaloupe. This silky rose goes well with anything from barbecue appetizers like salads (pasta salad, potato salad, egg salad, etc.) to grilled shrimp, pork, and vegetables. $30
Ken Wright Cellars, Willamette Valley Chardonnay: This Oregon Chardonnay wine has vivid flavors and a long finish of lemon, yellow, and salty apple. It is a perfect blend that is not too dry and not too fruity. Moreover, it pairs well with baked oysters, fish, roast pork, vegetables, and poultry. $38
Coach, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir: This medium to macro red wine is perfect for our meat-lovers, especially if you love hamburgers and hot dogs. It works perfectly alongside beef, veal, venison, and poultry with hints of red fruits, oak leaves and earthy notes. It really is a great American noir. $64
Teeter-Totter, Cabernet Sauvignon: This Napa Valley Cabernet is a thick, dark red with oak, earthy, and black fruit leaves. A thick red wine, it’s a favorite of many, especially on summer nights with friends and family. This cabernet pairs well with barbecue meats (pork ribs, chicken, lamb chops, kebabs, etc.) and highlights any flavor of the barbecue sauce. $79
Dalla Gasperina Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc: It is light golden and has notes of white peach, orange blossom and apricot. It pairs perfectly with grilled seafood or shellfish. It’s great with grilled shrimp or salmon. If you cook any seafood, stock up on a few bottles of this; You will not be sorry. $36