Happy Birthday America!

To all Americans today is be THE day – Independence Day. 235 years ago the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation.

And America seems to get inspired by this day:

The most surprising fact is that you can find even 5 places nationwide called “America.” The biggest one in American Fork, Utah has 21,941 residents.

Eleven places adopted “independence” and made it part of their name. In Independence – again Missouri – the most populous one has 113,288 habitants.

You can find 30 places in the entire nation that have “liberty” in their name. Iowa consists of the most places with this name than any other states. The four ones are Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty and West Liberty. Liberty, Missouri is the place with the largest population, it counts 26,232 citizens.

There are 5 places that contain the name “freedom.” The largest population has Freedom, California with 6,000 residents.

Since 1776 freedom and independence is celebrated every year by families together with friends and barbeques, picnics and a night of parades and fireworks.

The typical picnic or barbeque includes steaks, grilled chicken, potato salad, baked beans and of course apple pie. No matter if fried chicken, turkey or a big cake with the colours and shapes of the American flag the food is plenty and picnic ideas are fun for everybody.

Any recommendation for drinks needed? On this special day, wine or sparkling off course! And which wine would fit better than a domestic one?

California offers amazing wine regions such as the popular Napa Valley, located not even an hour drive east from San Francisco or Sonoma County that produces excellent chardonnays and pinot noirs. Santa Barbara County produces some of California’s finest wines, especially chardonnay, pinot noir, and syrah. It is also one of the state’s most beautiful wine regions, with vineyards surrounded by sloping coastal hills and untouched valleys, only dotted with small family wineries.

Leave California and you can get great wines from Washington a young wine region (emerged in the mid-1970) but the second largest wine-producing region in the US. It is celebrated for its red wines syrah, merlot and cabernet sauvignon.

Have a look at wineries in the east of the country, for example in New York where wine lovers will find two of the finest winegrowing regions: the Finger Lakes with a range of different wineries and Long Island where the state’s best wines are produced. Especially merlot is features by most local wineries as their signature variety – a grape that is widely panned on the island.

Virginia wines has become more and more popular during the past decade and won numerous awards at national and international wine competitions. The 6th largest wine producing state in the US offers a wide range of quality grape varieties.

In the country’ south in Texas, especially from the area around Dallas in the northeast to the western plains and the Hill Country of the south, growers and vintners are dedicated to the cultivation and production of high-quality grapes and wines.

So it shouldn’t be a problem to find the one that fits best. Having this said: Happy Independence Day ! And don’t forget to browse our WinesMadeEasy.ie for great US wines! Cheers!

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