02 Jul Wine for any 4th of July adventure
Gatherings may be smaller this year, but you definitely don’t want to miss out on celebrating America’s Independence Day. Whether your plans involve a leisurely weekend in the backyard, a small group of friends on the deck or an outdoor adventure, you will definitely want to have a Red, White or Rosé wine on hand.
From wallet-friendly wines to Yakima Valley bubbles, a beverage that comes in a 4-pack or can to those that pair perfectly with your special grilling techniques, these wine recommendations are enough to keep everyone happy.
Raise glasses of only the finest American wines this year for the 4th of July! Start with any of the following Yakima Valley favorites. Just because you’re entertaining for a crowd doesn’t mean you can’t find great wine at a good price point. Here’s a selection of white wines and Rosés under $25. These will keep everyone happy.
2018 Lazy River White Blend by VanArnam Vineyards has the tell-tale aroma of Petrol – giving you a heads up that this blend leads with Riesling. The wine offers flavors of honey, apricot and citrus notes. Great acidity which balances the touch of sweetness in the glass. This is a fabulous summer wine for just $15.
Kana Winery – 2018 Katie Mae Riesling – Aromas of honey suckle, peach and pear. Flavors are echoed on the palate with a hint of pineapple and a touch of orange zest. Great acid levels to balance the sweetness. Perfect for the patio or your favorite spicy fare. $16
Rosé All Day
If you know anything about Rosé, you realize they can offer as much surprise as a suddenly lit sparkler on a dusky evening. Thesethree Yakima Valley wines are no exception. Plan to appreciate the snappiness mixed with a bit of sass. These Fourth of July wines are perfect for midday celebrations because of their lightness.
2019 Fortuity Rose – Made from Cinsault grapes, sourced from the Yakima Valley AVA, the 2019 Fortuity Cellars Rose shows off pretty red rose petals that mingle with wild mushroom and wet stone tones on the nose. Bone dry, with good acidity, light red fruits dance with minerals on the palate. The long finish catches you by surprise. $24
2019 Terra Blanca Rose – Deep red Rosé with aromas of fresh strawberries, sweet red fruit, and slight rose petals. Candied cherry, unripe strawberry, and slight mineral on the palate. This mouthwatering acidity makes for a great summer wine. Cranberry, under ripe red cherry, apple skin, pomegranate on this gorgeous pale and bright Rosé. A gorgeous backyard sipper. $18
2019 Purple Star Rose – The unique aromatics grip you with peat moss and wild mushroom tones that combine with delicate red fruits all mingling on the nose. The palate has good freshness and balance, with a silky texture. Bright pear, starfruit, and ripe strawberry flavors all connect with the bright sense of minerality. $18
America’s Sparkles ~ Bubbly
Sparkling is one of the most underrated food-friendly wine out there – it is perfect for the 4th of July. If you are hanging out poolside for Independence Day, delight your taste buds with sips in between dips of these bright, zesty Sparkling wines.
Treveri Cellars NV Sparkling Gewürztraminer– Aromas of tropical fruit come blasting out of the glass, and the palate delivers what the nose promises: sweet mango, papaya fruit and pineapple. This is off-dry wine with excellent balance. $17
Wit Cellars 2019 Unleashed Pinot Grigio Sparkling– Sourced from the Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley AVA, this dry sparkling wine offers a sleek, lively frame that tantalizes with bright acidity, hints of lemon zest and crisp, green apple. The minerality and focused fruit makes for any celebration. $28
Wines for Your Holiday Activities
Planning on camping, boating, fishing, or hiking, we’ve got recommendations for the right drink during or after your adventure.
Two Mountain Winery 2019 Rosé four-pack – This Rosé opens with aromas of strawberry, raspberry and hints of floral followed by flavors of cranberry, strawberry and rhubarb with wonderfully firm acid on the finish. $22/ 4 x 250ml bottles per pack
14 Hands Rosé in a can – This Rosé opens with delicate aromas of rose petals and rhubarb. Refreshing flavors of melon and strawberries are followed closely by a kick of citrus in the finish. $5.99/can $35.94 six-pack
Fire Up the Grill
It’s time to crank up the heat on summer grilling. And, of course, we suggest including great wine into the mix. Not sure what to pour? The following Yakima Valley wines should be on the top of your shopping list.
Airfield 2015 Spitfire Reserve Merlot – Sangiovese (61%) takes the lead on this blend, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon (29%) and Merlot. The aromas are light, with notes of smoke, herb, plum and cigar box. The palate shows more generosity, with plentiful red fruit and herb flavors backed by firm tannins. $30
Côte Bonneville 2016 Train Station is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Its deep purple color is followed by aromas of plum and black cherry. Flavors include dark cherry, plum and raspberry with savory herbs and a hint of coffee. The twist top makes this wine easy to pour wherever your barbecue takes you. $25
Sleeping Dog 2014 Carménère – Roasted walnut, hazelnut skins and black pepper lead to a theme of black cherry and red currant without the leafiness often associated with Carménère. A sturdy structure makes for a nice lingering cherry finish. $34