We asked. They answered. 12 Must-Have Wines for July 4th
By ABC Wine Experts Published June 2021
Attending a BBQ bash? Watching fireworks from your backyard? Staying in with your doggo? However you are celebrating Independence Day, accompany your festivities with a glass of wine. We reached out to our wine experts and members of our team to get their top red, white and sparkling wine recommendations for the 4th of July.
“The 4th of July is not just another holiday; it’s one of my favorites. There are BBQs, parades, fireworks and, in my house, plenty of exceptional wines being poured. The 4th calls for a majestic wine like La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino. An incredibly complex wine packed with fruit and flower flavors. Zingy acidity and silky tannins create fireworks for your palate.”
“I absolutely love the versatility of the 2019 Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec. It's perfect for a 4th of July BBQ. Loaded with dark fruits and spices, it’s an excellent selection for anything on the grill. Approachable now, or lay it down, this blend offers a lot of complexity to satisfy any wine lover.”
"Argentina is one of my favorite places to find great wines at incredible prices and Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Vin has always been one of my favorites. Perfect for your July 4th celebrations, the Grand Vin is balanced, elegant and complex with wonderful fruit and silky tannins that pair great with any celebration. It also received 91 points for its 2019 vintage from Stephen Tanzer."
“The Beckmen family of wines are some of the most exciting from California that we have introduced to the ABC portfolio in the last year. Their Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and refreshing, with notes of citrus, mint and a touch of sage. It is the perfect white wine to serve with grilled fish, scallops or shrimp at your 4th of July BBQ or even to sip on while watching the fireworks on a warm, summer night.”
If Chardonnay isn’t your jam, check out Carlton Cellars Pinot Grigio.
“Carlton Cellars is guaranteed to be a bang this July 4th, this delicious Pinot Grigio is destined to be paired with a smorgasbord of grilled dishes. A pleasing aroma of lemon verbena gives way to a mouthful of tart nectarine and lemon are complemented with crisp minerality and a hint of crabapple. Serve this up with anything from turkey burgers and fish from the grill, or even just some chips and salsa.”
"This Pinot Blanco is the perfect food wine and has it all. A nose of citrus fruits and crisp green apple leads to a refreshing, juicy and fresh sip. Best served chilled with good company and great food.”
“What better way to celebrate and toast the birth of our nation than with Champagne? And with Champagne prices increasing, it is a celebration in and of itself to find an excellent quality bottle at a price that does not break the bank. I recommend the Moutard Brut Grande Cuvee. It is as good or better than other non-vintage Champagnes that are $10 - $20 more expensive.”
“Do you prefer your Champagne with a touch of sweetness? Try Moutard Demi-Sec Grande Cuvee.”
This Demi-Sec is off-dry with toasty almond notes make for a lovely glass of bubbly and 100% Pinot Noir.
“For top quality Prosecco, look no further than the breathtaking region of Conegliano Valdobbiadene, recently recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. The grapes for this lovely bubbly are grown on sunny hills with remarkable love, care and tradition. Most Proseccos are "Extra Dry," however "Brut" is an even drier distinction for those who love a crisper and livelier sip. This Brut Prosecco is named after the hilltop that houses the Castle of San Salvatore, and only has 9 grams per liter of residual sugar. Pop this cork for pear and apple notes, a creamy mousse and an elegantly floral finish that nourishes the spirit.”
“Nothing says the 4th of July like a good ole fashioned American BBQ. When selecting wines to pair with 'The Q,' it's most common to think of big, juicy reds, but the 4th is a celebration, and nothing screams “celebrate” like sparkling wine. Faubourg 21 Sparkling Syrah is my top pick. It is perfect for any grilling/celebratory event. The generous, slightly spicy flavors of the Syrah brilliantly pairs with the saltiness of the burgers and meats, while the acidity of the sparkling adds balance to the smoky flavors and cuts through the oils in the food. It has a surprisingly delicate nose with hints of strawberry and pomegranate exploding on the palate.”
Need more options to fill your July 4th cooler? Check out our endless selection of wines here. Find them at your local ABC or online at abcfws.com and pickup in-store, through curbside, or with ABC Delivers.
Pricing, selection and vintages may vary by location.