Not for the first time I find myself in charge of writing the Appellation newsletter for one of the most important dates in the American calendar. I don’t know if this is just fate or some in-joke arranged by the rest of the team (“Go on, make the Brit write again about celebrating American independence”), but I certainly don’t mind at all and, frankly, I’m ecstatic that I feel so welcomed in this wonderful country today!
So let’s get to it: 4th of July weekend is upon us again! We are all in critical need of a selection of delicious, effortless, and reasonably priced wines to sip over the long weekend. I think this selection of red, white, and “blue” (rosé will have to do) from within our borders will have you covered. To cap it all off—please excuse the pun—two of the three are screw tops, and thus perfect for that block party, boat ride, picnic, beach, or backyard BBQ. Man, I love summer in New York City!
This is the fifth vintage from this awesome collaboration between Chris Brockway of Broc Cellars and Tim Elenteny of TE Imports. 100% Chardonnay from sandy soils in the Santa Maria Valley—the most northern of Santa Barbara’s appellations—it has been fermented and aged for 6 months in stainless steel and 10% neutral oak for balance. This delightfully bright white delivers lively notes of crisp honeydew melon and breezy lemongrass, while Asian pear and a mineral streak excite the tongue. Fling it in an ice bucket and enjoy with potato salads, lobster rolls, or crab cakes on the grill.
We had to include something pink for all you rosé fiends, so try this surprisingly light (12.7%!) but exquisitely juicy blend from Verdad in California. A 55% Grenache / 45% Mourvèdre mix primarily from the Vista Serrano vineyard—a rocky hillside in California’s Central Coast—and the Sawyer Lindhurst vineyard in Edna Valley, just 6 miles from the Pacific. All grapes are picked early to retain acidity and all lots fermented separately in a combination of neutral barrels and stainless steel tanks. The Grenache berries are destemmed and soaked overnight on skins (hence the deep pink color extraction) prior to pressing, while the Mourvèdre are whole cluster pressed. The resulting glass is a round and textural wine with bright red berry fruit, juicy watermelon, and an edge of spice. My mouth is watering already!
If it’s a patriotic red you’re after then look no further than our perpetual Finger Lakes-favorites Bloomer Creek, who can always be relied upon to deliver a crowd-pleasing, quaffable, locally-made sustainable bottling. Delicious lightly chilled, their Cabernet Franc will satisfy all number of situations you might find yourself in this weekend; with crisp, ripe cranberry fruit notes and a fragrant, peppery finish, this will work wonders alone or alongside grilled vegetable kebabs, cured meats, or goat cheese nibbles.
I trust that the above will keep you in good spirits over the long weekend and beyond, and we look forward to seeing you in store soon. Also don’t forget that we deliver throughout the city if you find yourself in a wine-emergency, and to the Hamptons if you are lucky enough to be heading that way.