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10 Best Wines to Celebrate The July 4th Long Weekend

07/05/2013 11:44 EDT | Updated 09/04/2013 05:12 EDT

Here's a nod to our southern neighbours with 10 great American-made wines to celebrate the July 4th. long weekend. They're all terrific with barbecued fare or try the lighter whites with fresh seafood.

Rodney Strong Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Sonoma County, California

Lovely lemon zest refreshment yet there's also a mouth-filling richness. No heavy oak or smoke here. This would be terrific with fresh seafood or salads. 91/100 Drink: 2013‐2015 LCBO: 255968 Price: $19.95

Kung Fu Girl Charles Smith Wines Riesling 2011

Evergreen Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington State

Terrific with a lime-petrol intensity and a white floral finish. Washington is renowned for its Riesling. Try this one. I always smile when I see the name of this wine. Fortunately, it lives up to its name: it's zesty, lively and offers a great one-two kick on the finish. Ka-pow! 90/100 Drink: 2012‐2018 LCBO: 273953 Price: $18.95

Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2011

California, United States

Butterscotch and vanilla smoke from toasty oak on the nose is followed by green apple and white peach notes. Full-bodied and generous with a nice finish. Full-bodied, rich and creamy, this wine has a lovely mouth-filling texture and weight. Let's have it with roast chicken tonight! 90/100 Drink: 2013‐2016 LCBO: 369686 Price: $19.95

Uvaggio Vermentino 2011

Lodi, California, United States

Clean, crisp and fresh with lime and white grapefruit aromas and flavours. Medium=bodied with good, mouth-watering acidity for fresh seafood and salads. 88/100 ‐ Drink: 2013‐2015 LCBO: 279281 Price: $17.95

La Crema Chardonnay 2011

Monterey, California, United States

Solid and full-bodied with green apple, vanilla and butter aromas. Very classic and typical of cool climate Californian chardonnay. The region of Monterey keeps its cool from ocean breezes, which add the zest and balance to this wine. Creamy and toasty with a long, satisfying finish. Yum! 90/100 Drink: 2012‐2016 LCBO: 158683 Price: $24.95

Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California

Classic California cabernet at half the usual price. Full-bodied with a good grip so decant for 2 hours. Delicious flavours of black fruit and some smoke. Enjoy it tonight. 91/100 Drink: 2012‐2016 LCBO: 343467 Price: $21.95

Beringer Founders' Estate Syrah 2009

California, United States

How delightful! Savoury and rich with attractive aromas of bacon fat, fleshy blackberries and juicy non-stop berries. So plush and lovely. Maximize your drinking pleasure. Some vanilla smoke on the finish. Great value. 87/100 Drink: 2012‐2016 LCBO: 919654 Price: $18.95

McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2011

California, United States

Woodsmoke and whispered campfire stories. Full-bodied, warm like a tartan blanket with drowsy-eyed half attention. Plus with fleshy black and purple plums. 89/100 Drink: 2013‐2015 LCBO: 256735 Price: $17.00

Cline Pinot Noir 2011

Sonoma Coast, California

Cherry-berry and juicy with loads of pleasure that won't attract the criticism of snobs. Balancing acidity and lots of length. Great price. Drink it with roast chicken or turkey. 90/100 Drink: 2013‐2016 LCBO: 329649 Price: $19.95

Seghesio Zinfandel Seghesio Zinfandel 2011

Sonoma County, California

Still love this one among all Californian zins. Classic, balanced, complex, intriguing yet vibrantly concentrated. Perfect for grilled meats. 93/100 Drink: 2013‐2017 LCBO: 942151 Price: $29.95