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!

Did you know… ?

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…about the growing wine market in India? As the second largest wine producer in the US after California, Washington produces highly-rated wines that come with the lowest average price. For a couple of years wineries from Washington have been doing business in India now due to the market’s high potential. Read more about the wine industry in India.

…that one glass of wine (4 ounces) contains 80 to 100 calories? Lighter wine tends to have more calories than heavier wines. Read more about if wine is fattening.

that Miller is trying to buy Fosters? ABMiller has announced its intention to launch a hostile AU$9.5 billion takeover bid for Australian brewer Foster’s. Read more about Miller’s plans.

that AC/DC entered the wine business. The rock band recently launched its own wine label. Learn more about the AC/DC vintage.

…that the spicier the food the sweeter the wine you enjoy should be? There is indeed a challenge with Asian or Indian food when it comes to the right wine pairing. It is the soy sauce, ginger or the intense spiciness of the dishes – some wines just don’t go with this kind of food. The best is to select a fruity and soft wine, since it will tame heat. Read more about Pairing Wine with Asian Cuisine.

about the many great wineries in Paso Robles, California? Paso Robles, located three hours south of San Francisco “in the middle of nowhere” close to the beach with plenty of wineries and vineyards. Keep reading if you would like to know more about the excellent Californian wines.

…that the American Wine Group buys Australian Loxton? The Wine Group LLC of San Francisco just announced that it was buying Australia’s fourth largest winery Loxton, Australia’s fourth largest winery. The deal will probably be closed on August 18th. Read more about The Wine Group’s plans in Australia.

…younger people prefer sweet wine? Who are the fans of sweet red wine? People who are a little more open to trying something new, who associate the wine with fun. younger, primarily female but with a significant percentage of males, also young, adventurous and willing to try new wines. Read more about sweet wine and dry wine drinkers.

about the about the sweet pairing of dessers with wine? Whether a beautiful bowl of bright red strawberries, a creamy dish of tangy mango sorbet, or a classic grilled pound cake with peaches and cream – let the wine shine with these desserts.

…Champagne increases yields by 20% to cope with demand? The optimistic forecast says Champagne sales would grow 2% annually over the coming three years. Consequently the region’s trade body has set the harvest limit at 12,500 kg/ha compared to 10,500 kg/ha in 2010. Read more about increasing Champagne sales.

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