5 American White Wines for July 4

5 American White Wines for July 4 – July 4 cookouts are mean lots of good food, friends, and alcohol...and many people enjoy a nice glass of white wine. However, finding one that fits a BBQ atmosphere can be difficult. These wines are good options for all levels of wine drinkers. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

5 American White Wines for July 4 – July 4 cookouts are mean lots of good food, friends, and alcohol…and many people enjoy a nice glass of white wine. However, finding one that fits a BBQ atmosphere can be difficult. These wines are good options for all levels of wine drinkers. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

Earlier this week, I posted some suggestions for American sparkling and rosé wines to open over this upcoming holiday weekend. Today is all about the white wine options, as white wine and warm summer weather were practically made for each other. I will apologize upfront to the Chardonnay lovers for not having one on the list. I normally would have at least one, but these other wines were really the ones that were striking my fancy for the Fourth of July. And with that, 5 white wine suggestions of your cookout:

2014 Lilly's Viognier from The Winery at Bull Run– This $29 bottle of white wine from Virginia is a little pricey, but it’s beautiful. It’s the type of wine that’s meant to be sipped slowly with friends on a hot summer day. Rating: 3.5 out of 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

2014 Lilly’s Viognier from The Winery at Bull Run

The 2014 Lilly’s Viognier (winery) is a beautiful white wine from Virginia. It’s a light lemon color with a bright floral nose. In the mouth, thee are apricots and white pepper mixed with hints of grapefruit and honeysuckle. Considering my iffy feelings about Viognier, I was surprised how much I loved this wine. At first I thought it might have been because I tasted it during a visit to the winery, but I bought a bottle that I opened at home and enjoyed it as much, if not more, than I did during my winery visit. I gave this wine 3.5 corks and purchased it for $29.

Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc - This $8 white wine from California is not a complex wine, but it’s easy to drink and has a great quality-price ratio. If you’re having a lot of people over, this is a wine people will be happy to drink…especially outside on a hot summer day. Rating: 3.5 out of 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc

The Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc (website) is a white wine from California. This wine is like drinking summer in a glass. It’s light and full of honeydew melons, nectarines, and limes. It’s not a complex wine, but it’s easy to drink and has a great quality-price ratio. If you’re having a lot of people over, this is a white that people will be happy to drink…especially outside on a hot summer day. I gave this wine 3.5 corks and received it as a sample, but the SRP is $8.

2014 Chateau St. Michelle Cold Creek Riesling – At $20, this white wine from Washington state would be the perfect wine for a summer salad, cold chicken, or just to sip on with good friends and conversation. Rating: 4 out of 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

2014 Chateau St. Michelle Cold Creek Riesling

The 2014 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Riesling (winery)is a white wine from Washington state that has a touch of sweetness, nice acidity, and is incredibly drinkable. The wine has aromas and flavors of ripe peaches and apricots mixed with honey and a hint of ginger. It’s refreshing and will pair nicely with the summer salads and cold fried chicken, or can be enjoyed all on it’s own. I gave this wine 4 Corks and purchased it for $20.

This $13 bottle of white wine from Idaho is full of tropical and stone fruits mixed with Lemonheads candy, honey, and flowers. The touch of sweetness mixed with the acidity should make it a nice pairing with the ham, lamb, or turkey. Rating 4 out of 5. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

Sawtooth Riesling

The Sawtooth Reisling (winery, amazon) is one of my summer house white wines. It’s full of tropical and stone fruits mixed with Lemonheads candy, honey, and flowers. There’s also a hint of ginger. The touch of sweetness mixed with the acidity should make it a nice pairing with hot dogs and steamed crabs. A sign that I’m live fairly close to the Chesapeake is I find there are few things as enjoyable as pairing this wine with something that has been seasoned with Old Bay. I gave it 4 corks and usually purchase it for about $13.

Bouchaine Vineyards Estate Pinot Gris - This $30 white wine from Napa California is a little pricey for an everyday wine or a large gathering, but is a perfect palate-pleaser for a more intimate gathering. It’s an enjoyable sipper that is worth the extra cost. Rating: 4 out of 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

2012 Bouchaine Vineyards Estate Pinot Gris

The Bouchaine Vineyards Pinot Gris (winery) is a light-to-medium bodied white wine from Napa, California. The wine has a nice lime, grapefruit, and tart Granny Smith apple characteristics that mix with hints of nectarines and thyme. It’s a little pricey for a large gathering, but if you’re doing something a little more intimate, this Pinot Gris is sure to be a guest-pleaser. I gave this wine 4 corks and purchased it for $30.

Question of the Day:  What’s your favorite white wine for a cookout or picnic?

Top 5 White, Rosé, & Sparkling Wine for Thanksgiving 2013

Yesterday, I posted my top 5 red wine suggestions for Thanksgiving.  Today’s post is all about the white, rosé, and sparkling wine suggestions.  Since wine is usually the backdrop of a holiday meal, and everyone around the table is likely to have very different palates, I tried to provide suggestions that can meet both the sweet and the dry wine lovers preferences.  That said, in order to make sure the wines don’t overpower the meal and keep everything tasting fresh, my suggestions are all wines a lighter body, are unoaked, and have bright acidity.  Enjoy!

 

2010 Michel-Schlumberger La Bise Pinot Blanc

2010 Michel-Schlumberger La Bise Pinot Blanc

The 2010 Michel-Schlumberger La Bise Pinot Blanc (winery) was the white wine I chose for the post-Thanksgiving dinner Hubby and I did for ourselves last year.  It’s a white wine from California, and it had wonderful grapefruit and lime characteristics that were followed by hints of white flowers, grass, honey, and jasmine.  It was a delicious accompaniment to the meal, but was particularly good with Hubby’s pesto mashed potatoes.  I gave this wine 4.5 corks and purchased it for $24.

 

2009 Buried Cane Chardonnay

2009 Buried Cane Chardonnay

The 2009 Buried Cane Chardonnay (winery) is a no-oak Chardonnay that is very food-friendly.  The wine tasted of limes, granny smith apples, and pears, with the slightest hint of lemon custard. The wine has a light-to-medium body and a bright acidity that will go nicely with the turkey without overpowering it.  And, if some reason you manage not to finish the bottle (although I will be very surprised if that happens), the wine holds up nicely over a couple of days.  I gave the Burried Cane Chardonnay 4.5 corks and received it as a sample, but the suggested retail price is $14.

 

2011 Sawtooth Riesling

2011 Sawtooth Riesling

The 2011 Sawtooth Rielsing (winery) is probably the wine that I will bring to my in-laws, as my mother-and-sister-in-law both prefer wines with a hint of sweetness.  The wine tastes of peaches, Lemonheads candy, honey, and flowers with a hint of minerality.  What is great about this Riesling, though, is that it isn’t overly sweet and the acidity is bright.  So, even if you tend to prefer dry whites, you should give this wine a try.  I gave this wine 4 corks and purchased it for $10. (I will have a review of this vintage posted in the next couple of weeks, but here is my review of the 2010 vintage)

 

2012 Storybook Mountain Vineyards Zin Gris

2012 Storybook Mountain Vineyards Zin Gris

The Storybook Mountain Vineyards Zin Gris (winery) has nice flavors and good acidity, which will help keep the Thanksgiving meal fresh tasting, particularly when it comes to the butter-laden mashed potatoes and sweet potato casseroles.  The flavors, though, are will also help incorporated other dishes on the table, as the wine is full of nice mixture of cranberries, limes, and thyme.  This wine will be a great accompaniment without overpowering the food.  I gave it 4.5 corks and purchased it online through the vineyard for $19.

 

Gruet Blanc de Noirs

Gruet Blanc de Noirs

The Gruet Blanc de Noirs (winery) a bubble that is made with 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay grapes.  It’s full of berries, baked pears and hints of toast, cream, and vanilla.  The small, persistent bubbles, light body, and bright acidity will help keep your palate fresh as during the meal, as well as work as a nice digestive while you’re sitting around talking afterwards.  I gave this wine 4 corks and purchased it for $13. (I will have a full review posted in the next couple of weeks.)

(I didn’t post a Thanksgiving list last year, but here are my 2011 red wine and white wine recommendations)

Question of the Day:  Are you thinking about a bubbly or a rose for your Thanksgiving dinner or are you more likely to stick with red and white wines? 

Top 5 American White Wines & Sparklers for July 4th

Yesterday I shared 5 American red wines to bring to a Fourth of July barbecue or cookout.  A lot of people don’t like drinking red wines in the summer heat, though.  Plus, there is something about sitting outside on a summer evening with a glass of crisp, white wine that just screams summer vacation, even if I’m not really on vacation.  Therefore, as you’re putting together your final shopping list for tomorrow’s July 4th party, here are some American white and sparkling wines to consider:

2009 Fess Parker Viognier

2009 Fess Parker Viognier

The 2009 Fess Parker Viognier (winery) is actually a blend of 80% Viognier, 13% Marsanne, 5% Grenache Blanc, and 2% Roussanne grapes, and while you know my recent confession that I don’t tend to be a Viognier fan, this wine is definitely an exception.  The mix of tropical fruits—honeydew, pineapple, and champagne mangos—with hints of butter, vanilla, and wet stones makes for a delicious wine.  I made an avocado chimichurri bruschetta that I found on Pintrest for last Saturday’s get together with the Wine Ladies, and I think it would not only be good addition to a July 4th party, but also would pair nicely with this wine.  I gave it 4.5 corks and purchased it for $18.

2009 Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Black Label Pavillion

2009 Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Black Label Pavillion

The Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Black Label Pavilion (winery) is a blend of 96% Chardonnay and 4% Viognier grapes and is a more full-bodied white.  It has a nice mix of citrus—mostly grapefruits and limes—and nectarines, with touches of pears, passion fruit, vanilla, and ginger.  It’s wine that was made to enjoy with food and will go nicely with some of the cold salads that often are served as side dishes at a cookout.  I gave this wine 4 corks, and while I received it as a sample, the suggested retail price is $17.

2010 Sawtooth Winery Riesling

The Sawtooth Winery Riesling (winery) is an incredibly affordable Riesling from Idaho.  It’s full of stone fruit characteristics, which are mixed with Lemonheads candies, white flowers, honey, and a nice minerality.  While it has a touch of sweetness, the bright acidity and little bit of spritz in this wine make it very refreshing, particularly in the hot summer weather.  My one word of caution is that it is so light and enjoyable, you may forget that you’re drinking alcohol!  I gave this wine 4 corks and purchased it for $10.

Mumm Napa Brut Prestige

Mumm Napa Brut Prestige

The Mumm Napa Brut Prestige (winerysnooth) is a sparkling wine that has a lot of sparkle.  It surprised me a little with its floweriness, but I enjoyed the way it mixed with the cream, limes, nectarines, and toast.  It had a bright acidity and was actually the sparkler I drank while watching fireworks on our roof deck last Fourth of July.  I gave this bubbly 4.5 corks and purchased it for $20.

Gruet Brut

Gruet Brut

The Gruet Brut (winery) is an affordable sparkling wine from New Mexico that would be a fabulous addition to a July 4th cookout.  It’s full of limes, granny smith apples, and toast with a nice acidity that keeps the sparkler fresh without making it too biting.  I gave this bubbly 4 corks and purchased it for $14.

Question of the Day: What are your plans for July 4th

Top 5 White & Sparkling Wines for Thanksgiving

I’m not entirely sure how it ended up being mid-November, but somehow today is Beaujolais Nouveau Day and Thanksgiving is only a week away!  While I don’t have a Beaujolais Nouveau to write about yet, since the wines were only released this morning at midnight, I do have some Thanksgiving wines thoughts to share.

I think because the holiday revolves around food, and a wide variety of foods at that, Thanksgiving wine is a centerpiece of for the holiday.  And, as everyone knows, when you put a large group of people together for a meal, they’re always going to have a wide variety of wine preferences.  So, today is the white wine recommendations.  All of the whites are light bodied, unoaked, and have good acidity in order to ensure that they enhance the meal without overpowering the flavors.   In particular, the bright acidity of the wines will help keep your palate fresh and will pair nicely with the side dishes, many of which have a lot of butter or may be a little sweet.

2009 Kunde Estate Chardonnay

2009 Kunde Estate Chardonnay

The 2009 Kunde Estate Chardonnay (winery), which I haven’t had a chance to post a review of yet, is wonderful.  The vineyard is family run and the grapes are sustainably farmed.  The wine has good lime and grapefruit flavors mixed with pineapple and ginger.  The acidity is perfect for a big Thanksgiving feast. It will please both the chard and non-chard lovers at the table. I gave the wine 3.5 corks, and while I received it for a sample, the suggested retail price is $17.

2010 Sawtooth Winery Riesling

The Sawtooth Winery Riesling (winery) is a nice balance of peaches, honey, and Lemonheads candy.  The hints of minerality and the nice acidity make it very food-friendly, and it will please the guests that enjoy a slightly sweet wine without getting in the way of the foot or offending the wine drinkers that prefer a drier wine. I gave the wine 4corks and purchased it for $10.

Tapeña Verdejo

2008 Tapeña Verdejo

The Tapeña Verdejo (winerysnooth) offers something a little different at the Thanksgiving table.  It has tart fruits like granny smith apples and gooseberries combined with peaches, honeysuckle and a touch of fresh cut grass.  This wine, in particular, provides a solid supporting role by enhancing the turkey flavors without drawing too much attention to itself.  In fact, this wine was much better when paired with a turkey dinner than it was on its own. I gave the wine 3.5 corks, and while I received it for a sample, the suggested retail price is $9.99.

Mumm Napa Brut Prestige

Mumm Napa Brut Prestige

The Mumm Napa Brut Prestige (winerysnooth)  offers a subtle complexity with lime, yeast, toast, and nectarine flavors that will help keep your palate alive.  I’m particularly excited about trying it with my mother-in-law’s sweet potato casserole. I gave the wine 4.5 corks and purchased it for $20.

Lucien Albrecht Brut Rosé Crémant d'Alsace

Lucien Albrecht Brut Rosé Crémant d'Alsace

The Lucien Albrecht Brut Rosé Crémant d’Alsace (winery,snooth)  has a mix of oranges, strawberries, cranberries, and pomegranates that combine with a soft, creaminess and a nice acidity to make a food friendly wine that you can keep sipping long after the meal is over.  I don’t know if it will really help digest the big meal, but it definitely seems worth trying.  I gave the wine 4 corks, and while I received it for a sample, the suggested retail price is $19.

Top American Wines Under $20 for July 4th

There’s nothing like a good party on July 4th, even if the holiday falls on a Monday this year.  While I put together a BBQ wine list for Memorial Day, not all of them are American wines, and there is something special about drinking domestic wines to help celebrate Independence Day.

So, if you’re looking to have wine as you watch the Fourth of July fireworks, here is a list of wines that I’ve reviewed that are under $20, all American, and sure to be a hit.  There are 3 reds, 3 whites, and 2 rosés.

Reds

2007 Williamsburg Winery Birdies for the Brave Merlot
from Virginia

2007 Birdies for the Brave Merlot

Francis Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Collection
from California

2006 Francis Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Collection

 

2007 Chatom Vineyards Zinfandel
from California

2007 Chatom Vineyards Zinfandel

 

Whites

2008 Edna Valley Vineyard Paragon Sauvignon Blanc
from California

2008 Edna Valley Vineyard Paragon Sauvignon Blanc

 

Seven Heavenly Chardonnay
from California

Seven Heavenly Chardonnay

 

 

2010 Sawtooth Winery Riesling
from Idaho

2010 Sawtooth Winery Riesling

 

 

Rosé

2009 Merryvale Stanly Ranch Estate Rosé
from California

2009 Merryvale Stanly Ranch Estate Rose

2009 Merryvale Stanly Ranch Estate Rose

 

 

2009 Cardinal Point Rosé
from Virginia

 

 

Question of the Day: What will you be drinking on July 4th?