Stars, Stripes and Sipping

January 07, 2013

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As we celebrate America’s birthday, we toast to this great country’s history and achievements. July Fourth is the perfect time to commemorate our nation and the foods and fantastic wines that are grown and produced on native soil.

While you’re celebrating this Independence Day we suggest sticking with a traditional American menu of burgers, steak and chicken, along with all-American wines. Whether you’re barbecuing with family, picnicking with friends or watching the fireworks from your backyard, these time-honored meals and delicious wines below are sure to make your celebration a success!

Fried chicken
Fried chicken is a succulent staple at many picnics. Try it fried on the skillet or in the oven. Serve it up with a Missouri Sparkling wine, as the bubbles cut through the crispy fried skin nicely. A Traminette will also pair well. Traminette and Sparkling wine will also complement many picnic sides, such as classic creamy coleslaw. Check out this story for more spotlight-stealing side dishes.

Burgers
For these tender, juicy beef burgers, pair with a medium-bodied, rich Chambourcin. Because this is an all-American festivity, be sure to toss Missouri-grown beef patties on the grill. Load them up with fresh (local!) lettuce, tomatoes and onions, and you’re set.

Hot Dogs
There is nothing like a plump all-beef hot dog nicely charred on the grill. You can serve these the traditional way – in a fresh, fluffy bun piled with condiments – or slice them up and serve as an appetizer with various dipping sauces. There are plenty of imaginative ways to top your “dogs” too! Sip on Catawba or Vidal with this barbecue classic.

Steak
A bold glass of Norton will go great with local steak. This classic salt-and-pepper rib eye can be grilled with or without the bone. For maximum juiciness, this recipe suggests searing the meat then letting it rest before returning it to the grill. Click here for more tips on grilling steak. 

Vegetarian
For a no-meat option, try this grilled eggplant sandwich. Vidal will pair well with the fresh mozzarella and basil while a medium-bodied red such as Chambourcin will complement the slightly smoky, grilled eggplant.

Dessert
Pie is delicious year round, but there’s something about summer that lends itself to the flaky crust and gooey filling of the freshly baked dessert. Use Missouri nuts in this pecan pie and local berries in this blackberry cobbler. Pair your Fourth of July all-American dessert with a fruit wine or a sweet dessert wine.