Heading to the fireworks? Hosting a BBQ? Lounging in a pool? However you plan to commemorate Independence Day, you’ll want to do so with a celebratory glass of wine. We asked our wine professionals for their top USA picks for the holiday. From Santa Barbara to Napa Valley, here’s how to do July 4th like a true American.
“We have a wide array of amazing American wines. I will be spending the weekend outside uncorking bottles with friends and family. I am especially excited to pop open a bottle of Greg Norman Estates Chardonnay Russian River Valley. It has a refreshing line of acidity and long-lasting finish.” — Greg Martellotto, Owner of Big Hammer Wines and Lead Wine Professional.
Intense aromas of ripe citrus and stone fruits are complemented by soft vanilla and cashew notes. The voluptuous palate reveals layers of sweet yellow fruit, crisp Gravenstein apple and meringue flavors that are balanced by a refreshing line of acidity through the long-lasting finish.
Inviting aromas of fresh blackberries and plums with allspice notes. The palate is rich and generous with layers of ripe juicy fruit flavors complemented by vanilla, tobacco leaf, and cinnamon spice. Smooth tannins and a refreshing line of acidity bring structure and balance to this versatile Cabernet Sauvignon.
This delivers a blast of cherry and red currant compote flavors out front, backed by lightly toasted vanilla and red licorice notes. An open, bramble-edged finish lets the fruit play out. A crowd-pleaser. Drink now through 2025. ~91 Points, Wine Spectator.
Vivid aromas of fresh strawberry and ripe red cherry supported by sweet clove and forest floor notes. The palate is juicy with bright flavors that mirror the nose. The well-balanced, lively acidity that is a hallmark of Pinot Noirs from Santa Barbara makes it an ideal partner with many cuisines.
This vibrant Pinot Noir displays captivating aromatics of dark cherry, raspberry, and shaved truffle. Layer after layer unfolds flavors of red berry tart, wild strawberry, and cranberry while nuances of white pepper and sweet spice linger on the finish.
The Martin Ray estate is only beginning to make waves with its Napa Valley Cabernet. If you're a fan of Napa Valley Cab and aren't familiar with the talents of Martin Ray, then it's time to acquaint yourself.
Reveals a deep purple hue as well as a toasty, spicy nose of red and black currants, toasted bread, spring flowers, spice box, and dried, cedary herbs. Showing plenty of richness and depth on the palate, with velvety tannins and a nicely balanced mouthfeel, enjoy this already complex, nuanced Cabernet any time over the coming 15 years or more. It improves nicely with time in the glass and is a beautiful wine. ~93 Jeb Dunnuck
A “rocket science” wine. Beautiful old-world style. San Floriano Vineyard Pinot Noir is made in Burgundian classic style and it is a limited production, typically only available from the winery direct.
Meadowcroft is one of Sonoma's hidden treasures. These vineyard-specific, limited-release wines exhibit a Sonoma backbone with European exuberance. The Ultra-premium fruit source to construct this masterpiece is ready to dance across your palate even after the last sip. Excellent with pork ragù or mushroom risotto with truffles.
The 2018 Furthermore Pinot Noir is a beautifully balanced expression of the Russian River terroir that's guaranteed to delight your palate and fill it with wonder.
LIOCO has quickly become of California's finest brands, producing balanced and food-friendly wines.
On the nose, staunch aromas of Persian lime, cherry pit, Jolly Rancher lift out of the glass. The palate is filled with wild strawberry, Ruby grapefruit, and a touch of kiwi. The sharp and tart notes in the wine make our mouths water, calling for that next bite of food.
This wine is absolutely dripping in classic Napa characteristics and is ready to drink today.The 2016 vintage is a can't miss vintage and this small family-run property continues to beautifully express the unique characteristics that define Napa Valley! Don't Miss.
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