Hold up there, Buckaroo!
You think you have everything in place for your annual Fourth of July party.
You’re anxious to “break in the new barbecue” with all its bells and whistles. The menu are set and ready to go: blue cheese burgers with chopped jalapenos, chili dogs with minced scallions and barbecued chicken with your “secret sauce.”
But you forgot something – wine!
The 2013 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel ($32) opens with berry and baking
chocolate aromas. Blackberry pie, cinnamon and oak
seduce the palate with enchanting flavors that linger on the finish.
Sonoma Valley celebrates the Fourth with a 2014 Malbec ($35) that will certainly set off some fireworks. The well-balanced selection introduces juicy cherry and lilac aromas followed by red cherry, raspberry and hints of fresh roses on the palate.
The 20015 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($45) can stand up to any of the rich menu selections. Enticing aromas of dried blueberries, cloves, cassis and sweet tobacco embrace the senses with whirls of dark chocolate, plum and toasty oak.