Wines For 4th of July BBQs
The coals are almost ready, the table is set and your friends and family are showing up. It’s time to open a bottle (or three) of wine!
Here at Rancho Wine Wench, we happily drink everything from crisp Sauvignon Blancs and sassy Rieslings to big, bold Cabernets and Zinfandels with BBQ fare. We believe that anything goes with BBQ! C’mon, be adventurous with your food and wine pairings. You’ll be glad you did!
I raided my magical wine cave and came up with a fun variety of wines for you to try with your 4th of July BBQs. These were my favorites:
2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Farina Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain $22
This is a perfect Sauvignon Blanc! Mouthwatering aromas of grapefruit, lemongrass and freshly mown hay delight the nose and explode on the palate, with an added burst of ripe honeydew melon. Fresh and sassy!
2010 Roussanne, Paso Robles $26
“Roussanne, you don’t have to put on the red light. Those days are over – you don’t have to sell your body to the night. Roussanne, you don’t have to wear that dress tonight…Roussanne, Roussanne…” Uh, oops! That Police song was stuck in my head – back to the wine! This wonderful white Rhône wine is a real treat! Scents of ripe peach and appple, dusted with cinnamon, a whiff of jasmine continue as flavors in the juicy, supple mouth.
2010 Chardonnay, Paso Robles $19
Picture Kirstie Alley on “Dancing With the Stars,” packed into a gold satin gown, eyes crossed with concentration as she floats across the dance floor and you’ve got this wine in a nutshell, er, wineglass. This is a voluptuous, buttery, toasty, fruity, fun-to-drink Chardonnay. Really. It is delicious, even if you’re not a Kirstie Alley fan.
NV Chardonnay, CA $7
Such a deal, bubala! This user-friendly Chardonnay is simple, straightforward and tasty. It’s loaded with aromas and flavors of buttered toast, caramel, baked apple and brown spices, all wrapped up in a soft mouthfeel.
2009 Riesling, Central Coast $10
I. Want. More. Period. This wine is waaay too easy to drink! It is aromatic, crisp and has just a hint of sweetness. Aromas and flavors of ripe pear, pineapple, orange blossoms and green herbs abound. Buy some. Buy some now!
2009 Pink Wine, CA $8.99
This is a sweeter style of blush wine than I usually drink, but it is totally enjoyable! It is scented with candied raspberry, strawberry and cherry, with a pinch of savory green herbs. These aromas continue as flavors in the zippy, bright mouthfeel.
2008 Pinot Noir, Schneider Vineyard, Russian River Valley $49
Oooh! Gorgeous! Aromas of rose petal, strawberry, spice and vanilla delight the nose and continue as flavors in the seductively silky mouthfeel. Long, delicious finish. Picture Johnny Depp, wearing a tux, holding a dozen long-stemmed roses and smoking a clove cigarette as he slants you a sideways smile…
2009 Syrah, Santa Barbara County $16
Dark, rich and delicious, with abundant blueberry, black cherry and spice box aromas and flavors, wrapped in a decadently rich mouthfeel. OK, I’ll let you come up with your own fantasy for this one, but this is a stunningly good wine!
2007 Merlot, Napa Valley $18
Now, THIS is a Merlot! Picture Halle Barre painted into her latex Catwoman outfit, breaking into your bedroom window and you’ll be with me on my happy little wine-drenched planet. This Merlot is elegant and balanced, with black cherry, spice potpourri, cocoa and rose petal with a sassy pinch of green herbs. The mouthfeel is silky, sexy and rich and the finish lingers on and on…
2007 Cabernet Franc, Alegría Vineyard, Russian River Valley $30
Mouthwatering scents of ripe black cherry, blackberry, plum, cocoa and savory herbs lure you into a decadently rich mouthful of consistent flavors and seamless balance. “Franc-ly my dear, I’d buy a bunch of this wine.” I would. Really.
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $25
The aromas of this gorgeous Napa Cab draw you in like a soulful saxophone note on a warm city evening. Dusty cocoa, black cherry, blackcurrant, plum, rose petal and spice box set the stage, both in the nose and in the mouth. This wine is velvety-smooth and rich and at $25 per bottle, you don’t have to be rich to enjoy it. Oh, yeah.
2007 Zinfandel, Heritage Vines, Alegría Vineyard, Russian River Valley $32
This is a spicy “fruit basket” of a Zinfandel and it’s the perfect wine for BBQ! The nose is redolent (good word, huh?) with ripe blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, plum, orange peel and peppery spice notes, which continue as intense flavors in the balanced, juicy, medium-bodied mouth. Long, delicious finish.
2008 Family Old Vine Zinfandel, Alexander Valley $19
Gingerbread spice, raspberry and sweet straw scents waft from the glass, luring you into a juicy mouthful of consistent flavors. In a word, yum!
Villa San Juliette2009 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles $17
Can you say “berry bomb?” I know you could! Effusive ripe berry scents (blackberry, raspberry, blueberry) meld seamlessly with peppery spice notes. The mouthfeel is densely textured and loaded with berry and spice flavors. Fantastic!