I don’t necessarily think of myself as being very patriotic, but each year around this time we sing “America The Beautiful” at my church, and it chokes me up each time! I truly appreciate this great nation of ours, and feel blessed to be an American. And that’s what the Fourth of July is about for me. Okay – well that, and it’s a great reason to gather with family, and friends share great food and wine!
My food blogging friends have outdone themselves with this week’s #SundaySupper theme – Celebrating Fourth of July with Family and Friends. It’s big fun, and an honor for a self-described “Wino with latent foodie tendencies” such as myself, to offer some wonderful wines recommendations to match these great recipes!
Here’s a list of this week’s recipes and my recommended wines!
Pair these main course dishes with Zinfandel, an All-American wine if there ever was one! I recommend the 2009 Ridge Vineyard “Three Valleys” Sonoma Zinfandel Blend. It’s mostly Zinfandel with some Carignane, Petite Sirah, and Syrah invited to the party. It’s well-balanced with great fruit, acidity, and a bit of spice!
- Tender & Sweet Crockpot Brisket Juanita’s Cocina
- Baby Back Ribs with Balsamic Peach BBQ Sauce Damn Delicious
- Bubblin’ Brown Sugar Baby Back Ribs In The Kitchen With KP
- Texas Smoked Brisket Doggie At The Dinner Table
- Grilled Chicken in a Blueberry BBQ Sauce Small Wallet Big Appetite
- JuicyLucy and Blueberry Ketchup Pippi’s in the Kitchen Again
Pair these main course dishes with a Pinot Noir. I recommend the 2009 MacMurray Ranch Central Coast Pinot Noir. This one shows plenty of classic Pinot Noir red fruit flavors and acidity. And Pinot Noir can take a chill. Throw it in the ice bucket for 10-15 minutes and you’ll have a delightfully chilled food partner!
- Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Beef Mrs. Mama Hen
- Firecracker Salmon Rolls Comfy Cuisine
- Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
What’s the Fourth of July without some sparkle?! A sparkling Rosé is a great wine for your Independence Day culinary festivities. It’ll do double duty with these salads/sides and main dishes. Try the Barefoot Bubbly Rosé Cuvée.
- Patriotic Ranch Potato Salad The Meltaways
- Roasted Red Pepper & White Bean Salad Are you hungry
- Texas-Creole Crawfish Potato Salad The Weekend gourmet
- Spicy Italian Peppers in Sauce What Smells so Good?
- Red, White & Blue Grilled Pizza Momma’s Meals
- Savory Patriotic Chicken Kabobs Big Bear’s Wife
- Cantaloupe and Prosciutto Salad with Perfectly Grilled Chicken and Potatoes Daddy Knows Less
- Finger Foods for the Fourth Pescetarian Journal
- Bean Salad with Pickled Vegetables Diabetic Foodie
Riesling is the white wine version of a “Chef’s wine” because it’s so food friendly. The 2010 Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling will be a great match for these ethnic dishes!
- Chicken Burgers with Curried Cabbage Slaw-Indian Soni’s Food for Thought
- Grilled Pork Satays with Peanut Sauce Tora’s Real Food
Try these salads and sides with a Sauvignon Blanc. It’s one of the few wines that’ll be a good match for asparagus. Sauvignon Blanc (a.k.a. Fumé Blanc – it’s the same wine) is a very versatile wine, and has a bold and forthright personality. Look for the 2010 Dry Creek Vineyard Sonoma County Fumé Blanc.
- Southwestern Corn and Black Bean Salad Supper for a Steal
- Roasted/Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan Katherine Martinelli
- Stuffed Black Olive Cookistry
- Low Fat Pasta Salad Basic and Delicious
- Strawberry and Cream Cake Cupcakes and Kale Chips
- Fourth Sticks In the Kitchen with Audrey
- Individual Red White and Blue Triffles Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence
- Sangria Fruit Salad Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Red White & Blueberry Ricotta Cupcakes Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Caramel-filled Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream The Messy Baker
- Red White and Blue Coconut Rum Cake Family Spice
- Mini Carrot Cakes Mama’s Blissful Bites
- Plum and Apple Pies Cositas Bonitas
- White Chocolate Berry Tart Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Red, White and Blue Firecracker Cupcakes Chocolate Moosey
For these desserts, I recommend a Port. Look for Graham’s “Six Grapes” Port.
I hereby raise a virtual glass, and I say to you – “Here’s to making memories!” – because that’s what family, friends, great food and wine are all about! – Cheers!