It's all about America on Independence Day, and to me that means cutting-edge (and perhaps a bit offbeat) red and white American wine picks that require little effort and no mixology drama. After all, this is a holiday!
I always encourage adventure when it comes to choosing wines. I am not one to follow the monotonous guidelines of food and wine pairing, and certainly not on this hot and lively day. I encourage you to take some risks using a few of my simple pairing techniques.
And what are we pairing with? Well... what do hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, ribs, corn on the cob, potato salad, coleslaw and apple pie a la mode have in common? If you guessed "fat," then you are probably right, but I advise you to put the diet off for one day and just enjoy the sugary and salty decadence of these American traditions.
This kind of spread screams for the acidity of a fresh white wine or the tannin of a robust red wine to cut through the fat, balance the flavors and cleanse our palates. I suggest you grab a crisp, cool and acidic white wine like a sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio, or perhaps an American sparkling wine. When it comes to red wine, pick a bold, vivacious, tannic one like cabernet sauvignon, merlot or zinfandel. The acidity in these whites and the tannins in these reds will add freshness and vitality to your palate, and continue to help smooth and balance the rich dishes.
My personal wine picks for Fourth of July are affordable and a bit unfamiliar to celebrate the adventurous American spirit. They're customized to go along with your scrumptious meal and whatever you have planned for that after-party.
White wine picks
I raise my glass to America, the land of plenty, for all the red and white wines that your healthy soils share. Cheers!
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