Red wines pair well with July 4th

Monday’s the Fourth of July. Independence Day. So after we celebrate the important stuff – you know, freedom and all – let’s take the opportunity to appreciate something much less hallowed but very pleasant, very nice for us.

I’m talking about wine. Wine fans, we live in a golden age of abundant wines. Now, with hot weather here, we’ll spend the next few steamy months drinking chilled white wines, white sangria on the rocks and white wine cocktails. So today let’s celebrate our bounty of red wines. Just off the top of my head I can name 25 of them we can find in the average big wine shop or supermarket, or at least online.

See below how easy it is to list a dozen of them without repeating a single wine:

Let the fireworks begin!


▪  2013 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast. (100 percent pinot noir): hint of oak, floral aromas, powerful flavors of ripe red plums, cloves and tobacco, soft, ripe tannins, long finish; $42.

▪ 2013 Edmeades Zinfandel, “Shamrock Vineyard,” Mendocino County. (97 percent zinfandel, 3 percent syrah): aromas/flavors of black raspberries, tangerines and herbs, hearty and rich, long, fruity finish; $31.

▪  2013 Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Grown, Napa Valley. (79 percent cabernet sauvignon, 12 percent merlot, 5 percent petit verdot, 4 percent cabernet franc); $69.

▪  2013 Clayhouse Estate “Old Vines” Petite Sirah, Red Cedar Vineyard, Paso Robles. (100 percent petite sirah): aromas and flavors of black raspberries, blueberries and milk chocolate, big ripe tannins, full body, long finish; $23.


▪  2013 Tommasi Rafael Valpolicella, Italy (60 percent Corvina Veronese, 25 percent rondinella, 15 percent molinara): aromas and flavors of strawberries and raspberries, full body, powerful finish; $14.

▪  2012 Kaiken Ultra Malbec, Uco Valley, Chile (100 percent malbec): aromas and flavors of black plums and black pepper, smooth tannins; $19.

▪  2014 Kendall-Jackson Syrah, “Vintner’s Reserve,” Santa Barbara County. (97 percent syrah, 2 percent grenache, 1 percent mourvedre): aromas and flavors of black plums and licorice, soft tannins, full body); $17

▪  2015 Bodegas Cepa “HITO,” Ribera del Duero, Spain (100 percent tinto fino/tempranillo): bright red hue, aromas/flavors of blackberries and coffee, full body, ripe tannins; $16.

▪  2012 Kay Brothers “Basket Pressed” Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia (100 percent shiraz): aromas/flavors of black cherries, coffee and herbs, firm tannins, long finish; $40.

▪  2013 Medlock Ames Right Bank Red, Alexander Valley (72 percent cabernet franc, 20 percent cabernet sauvignon, 4 percent malbec, 3 percent merlot, 1 percent petit verdot): aromas/flavors of black raspberries, mocha and pumpkin pie spices, ripe tannins, smooth finish; $50.

▪  2015 Adelaida Cellars Rosé, Paso Robles (51 percent grenache, 24 percent carignan, 14 percent cinsaut, 5 percent mourvedre, 4 percent counoise, 2 percent syrah): aromas of white flowers, flavors of strawberries and lemons, light body, tart finish; $20.

▪  2014 Alcance Merlot, Maule Valley, Chile (90 percent merlot, 10 percent cabernet sauvignon); hint of oak, aromas and flavors of black cherries and mocha, full body, ripe tannins, smooth finish; $22.