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Wednesday’s Meritage: Happy Independence Day!

First and foremost: Happy July 4th! It feels a bit strange when the holiday falls in a middle of the week, but still it is a nice break.

Now, here is the answer for the Wine Quiz #18 – Wine and Independence Day. It was great to see a variety of opinions, but the right answer is…Madeira! Now almost forgotten (but seemingly coming back, little by little) Madeira was the wine used to toast Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. The great thing about Madeira is that it was made to easily withstand a sea voyage in the barrel, were the other wines would arrive in totally insipid condition. If you want to read a bit more about Madeira, here is the link for you. And I would actually recommend to take it further – if you haven’t had Madeira recently, find a good bottle (forget the cooking stuff, please, get the real thing) – you might discover something you will really like.

For the news updates, I have a few things for you. First, for the “local” news, I finally updated my blogroll to add all the blogs I mentioned in my recent post.

I also want to bring to your attention a special “wine day” holiday. It is not even a day – it is a month-long holiday! In one of his recent posts, NJVinoman mentioned that we need more wine holidays – so his wish is granted – July is The 31 Days Of German Riesling! Now you have 31 days to celebrate the light, refreshing and versatile wine, perfectly complementing any hot summer day.

Last but not least – in addition to The Generous Pour program I mentioned in the last news update, The Capital Grille announced the return of their $18 “Plates” lunch menu for the summer. Well, there is a fine print there – you should check if you local Capital Grille is actually participating in the program – you will find the list of location at the bottom of the link I just shared. But if your Capital Grille is listed – don’t miss it!

That’s all I have for you for today, folks. Let me know what you are going to open to celebrate July 4th (Madeira, may be?). Happy Independence Day! Cheers!

  1. July 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Thank you for notifying us about German Riesling July! I love wine holidays! 🙂
    Are there any German Rieslings you recommend or any you avoid?
    I will find some before the month is over.
    Cheers!

    • talkavino
      July 5, 2012 at 12:10 am

      German Rieslings are somewhat tricky as a group, because there are way too many variations from one single producer. Speaking strictly for myself, I generally prefer Kabinett Rieslings, as they have the best balance of sweetness and acidity. Spatlese and Auslese are too sweet for me. If I’m looking for dessert wine, then BA or TBA Rieslings would be great, of course.
      But – you should try for yourself. For Kabinett level inexpensive Riesling I would recommend St. Urbans-hof. If you want to go for the top line, then try Joh. Jos Prum – in this case I would recommend that you would try the full line. Last note – personally, I would avoid 2010 – even at the initial levels, the grape were overripe, so the 2010 are too sweet for me across the board. I would suggest going with 2009 or 2011 first, and then you can try 2010 so you will be able to compare.

      Hope it helps. Cheers!

  1. July 25, 2012 at 10:46 am
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