The Fourth of July is all about celebrating our nation’s independence with colorful fireworks and traditional BBQ fare on a balmy summer night. So, The Daily Sip is providing four foolproof food and wine pairing recommendations for this 4th of July. Enjoy these grilled classics over the holiday weekend and throughout the summer.
All-Beef Hot Dog
There’s almost nothing more American than a mouthwatering, gilled hot dog. Whether sliced as an appetizer or eaten in a fluffy bun loaded with all the fixings, keep your hot dog wine pairing simple by introducing a bold, juicy California Cabernet.
Daily Sip Pick: CANNONBALL Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (California, USA) $14
Spiced and skewered, wrapped in bacon or served straight-up, grilled shrimp is an ideal appetizer for any BBQ. The natural sweetness of the shrimp makes it a perfect match for a subtly sweet white wine such as Riesling.
Daily Sip Pick: CHATEAU MONTELENA Potter Valley Riesling 2013 (Potter Valley, California) $25
Old Fashioned Hamburger
Since the best burgers are juicy and full of flavor, they are the perfect counterpart to a Claret or Bordeaux Blend. For 4th of July especially, we like an American take on this French classic.
Daily Sip Pick: CHAPPELLET "Mountain Cuvée 2012 (Napa Valley, California) $28
If you’re going to splurge on your BBQ with a grilled steak, you might as well go all-out with some delicious wine too. There’s nothing more American than our great nation’s sole indigenous varietal, Zinfandel. Snag a bottle and toast our 235 years of freedom!
Daily Sip Pick: STORYBOOK MOUNTAIN "Mayacamas Range" Zinfandel 2012 (Napa Valley, California) $38
What other American wines will you enjoy this 4th of July weekend? Tell us below!
Photo Credit: Jun Selta