I can’t believe there is only a week to go until July 4th, but that means it’s time to make final wine preparations. As long time readers know, I will often open sparkling wine for myself on Independence Day because bubbly and fireworks just go together. And, as I’ve definitely become more of a rosé drinker over the last few years, I can’t deny that I’ve started to associate summer with drinking pink wine. So, to kick off my week of Fourth of July wine recommendations, here are some sparkling and rosé wines from the United States that you should consider. All of them are under $25 and delicious!
The Gruet Blanc de Noirs is full of berry and baked pear flavors mixed with a hint of toast, cream, and vanilla. The sparkler has nice acidity, which would make it a good pairing with both potato salad and hot dogs. Plus, the price is perfect for buying multiple bottles without breaking the bank. I gave this wine 4 corks and purchased it for $13.
The Mumm Napa Brut Rosé tastes of cherries, strawberries, plums, and hints of whipped cream and yeast. It has a light body and is very easy to drink (maybe a little too easy). This bubbly also comes in large formats, so if you know that 750ml isn’t going to be enough, you can purchase a 3 liter or 6 liter bottle. I gave this wine 4 corks and purchased the 750ml bottle for $19.20 (as a wine club member. Regular price is $24).
The Barefoot Perfectly Pink Spritzer surprised me…I admit it. It’s all about ripe strawberries and raspberries mixed with juicy pineapple and hints of pink grapefruit. It’s light-bodied, sweet, easy to drink, and very refreshing. The acidity and spritz keeps the sweetness in check. The key to this wine, though, is keeping it cold, so don’t be afraid to add an ice cube or two. I definitely didn’t enjoy it as much as it warmed up. I gave this wine 3.5 corks, and while I received it as a sample, the SRP is $7.
The Storybook Mountain Zin Gris is my “house rosé.” I haven’t done a separate review of it in a while, so I clearly need to, particularly as I drink it at home regularly. It’s a nice mixture of cranberries, limes, and thyme, which creates something a little different in a rosé. This wine is dry and is as enjoyable with food as without it. I gave this wine 4.5 corks and purchased it for $22.50 (as a wine club member. Regular price is $25).
The Mark Ryan Winery “The Vincent” Rosé is a perfect picnic or cookout wine. There were fresh strawberries mixed with rose petals and lemon zest. It’s a lighter bodied wine that still packs a powerful flavor punch without being overwhelming. I only discovered this wine in May, but I suspect it will join the Storybook Mountain Zin Gris as a A Glass After Work house wine. I gave this wine 4.5 corks and purchased it for $15.
Question of the Day: Do you have your plans all set for the upcoming Canada Day or July 4th holiday weekend?