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Red, White, and Wine: our picks for the 4th of July
Our resident American here at Honest Grapes, Claire has been preparing for the 4th of July for a while now. Her fellow ex-pats have surely all been looking forward to the massive BBQs and fireworks, while those of you who simply want to enjoy the sunshine will have some meats ready to go on the grill anytime now.
A big fan of BBQs and American celebrations, Claire made a video for us last week with her top wine recommendations to go with the food and the festivities.
To celebrate Independence Day we've put together the 4th of July – American Mixed Case. Scroll below the video for all the details.
4th of July – American Mixed Case (£281.60)
(2 bottles of each of the following 3 wines)
Cristom Vineyards Jessie Pinot Noir 2011, Oregon USA
Pinot Noir is that most difficult grape to get right, but Cristom's skilled winemaking and the temperate Oregon climate lead to a wonderfully pure expression. For a light summer red, that can be served slightly chilled on the warmer days...great with a hot dog for those of you really taking the 4th seriously.
"Bright and brambly, this dense and textural wine brings strawberry and cherry fruit goodness front and center. It remains powerfully focused deep into a long finish, nuanced with cured meat and barrel toast." 93 points, Wine Enthusiast
Gramercy Cellars Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Washington USA
Master Sommelier turned star producer Greg Hambleton's big, hearty, fruit forward and perfectly balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. This pairs perfectly with steaks and hamburgers…
“The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is most likely the greatest vintage of this cuvee to date. Full-bodied, ripe, layered and yet still elegant and beautifully balanced, it offers classic currants, black raspberry, graphite, lead pencil and cedar aromas and flavors. A blend of 92% Cabernet and 8% Merlot that saw 23 months in 40% new French oak, it has high-quality tannin, ample texture and a rock-star finish.”
94 points Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
Chanin Wines 'Los Alamos Vineyard' Chardonnay 2014, California USA
The focus of this lovely Chardonnay is on purity and balance. The Los Alamos Vineyard is at relatively high altitude. Classy. His 2014s across the board are outstanding. I like this served with my goats cheese stuffed grilled peppers.
"There are 26 barrels of the 2014 Chardonnay Los Alamos Vineyard. It's a terrific Chardonnay that’s from sandy and calcareous soils and spent 12 months in 30% new French oak. Offering lots of buttered orchard fruits, cream corn, white flowers and hints of brioche and oak, it's medium to full-bodied, nicely textured and rich, with a supple, soft, ready to go feel."
91 points Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
Published on: July 4, 2017