July 4th is right around the corner, do you have your wines yet? The day calls for celebration and for those fortunate enough to be off sharing in the festivities with friends and loved ones, you will need some good wines.

Whether you’re the host or hostess with the “most-ess” or simply a guest who wants to bring something to the party, it’s important to have some pair-able wines for every palate! 

Something sweet is always a nice treat to bring or have around the house. Here are some top picks for sweeter bubbles for your backyard BBQ’s, Picnic’s, and more that will pair with items such as salads, ribs, chicken, and good ole’ potato salad and corn on the cob!

vivaViva Diva Mango Moscato: Made by Christina Milian (yes, the singer who I totally adored in the 90’s) this affordable and tasty wine is sweet and works great in your savory bbq marinades and more. Simply add a little in your recipe (here) and sip the rest while its cooking… you’ll certainly need a glass or two to celebrate yourself!

image006-2Caposaldo: The Sweet Red Sparkling, NV: This wine is around $15.99 and super delicious! Caposaldo is lightly sweet red wine with floral and red berry aromas and flavors. These bubbles are fresh and vivacious and great with any sweet and tangy bbq sauce on all your favorite meat dishes.

Michele Chiarlo: Nivole Moscato d’Asti DOCG, 2014: Also around $15.99 this Moscato d’ Asti is one not to miss. This gorgeous wine is full of honeysuckle, peaches, grapefruit, and is low in alcohol which is perfect for day drinking!

Bottles - Sparkling MoscatoMia Moscato by Freixenet: Both the delicate and sweet as well as the fruity and sweet are making the wonderful wines list. These sweet sparklers are festive and will pair well with fireworks and snow cones!

Some not so sweet but still such beautiful bubbles…

image004Poema: Cava Brut, NV: This wine is around $12.99 and oh so fine! Full of pears, peaches, and some spice and pairs beautifully with some grilled shrimp, oysters, and even nice buttered corn on the cob with a pinch of paprika! 

image002-6Bouvet-Ladubay: Excellence Brut Rosé, NV: Bouvet-Ladubay is one of France’s greatest producers of méthode traditionnelle sparkling wine. This bubbly is perfect as an aperitif or paired with some bbq and fireworks! This Brut (DRY) Rosé is a fruity, raspberry-flavored wine that is crisp and soft with a touch of orange zest.

What about the whites? White wines are refreshing and great on a hot summer day, paired with seafood, salads, and all the best outdoor picnic sides. I always love having 1-2 chilled whites around, as you never know what anyone’s palate will want, and when its hot out and you’re thirsty… nothing is more refreshing than a chilled white wine! Here are some top picks for wonderful whites:

wines-chardonnay-bottleTom Gore Vineyards Chardonnay 2013: This rich and vibrant but dry chardonnay from Alexander Valley, CA is one not to miss. Full of tropical fruit, some toasty notes, and oak this well balanced and beautiful chardonnay is one of the few oak influenced California chard’s I really enjoyed this year.

Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc: Sauvignon Blanc is so refreshing on a hot day, and this one will wow you. This bright white wine is full of fresh acidity, citrus, some minerality, and more. Pair this with grilled asparagus, chicken, and mozzarella tomato salad!

Reds aren’t just for winter and cold rainy days. Nothing beats a slightly chilled summer red, and here are some rad reds your guests will rave about! 

Tom Gore Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013: Tom Gore vineyards also makes two pretty incredible reds that work with many palates. This cabernet from Alexander Valley, CA is great with grilled steaks, vegetables, and even fish such as Branzino.

11391135_1002771826402015_1980770304021473854_nMonticello Vineyards Merlot 2012: This wine is 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc which adds some nice sour cherry and structure to a full bodied merlot grape. This wine is full bodied, fruit forward, dry, and well balanced making it perfect with some grilled meats, cheese platters, and chocolate!

Monticello Vineyards Syrah 2012: This Syrah is fruit forward, dry, with nice ripe dark fruit and black pepper notes. On the palate vanilla, spice, and plum are well balanced and smooth making this wine kind of sexy, and totally perfect for July 4th. This one is great paired with lamb, pasta, and blue cheese! For those burger lovers, this wine is perfect with a grilled brioche bun, caramelized onions, mushrooms, and a sharp cheese. 

Happy July 4th everyone, and I hope you have a wonderful day filled with the best food and wine! Always remember to eat what you like and drink what you love…and please pair responsibly!