Celebrating the 4th of July with Rock and Roll and Wine

Celebrating the 4th of July with Rock and Roll and Wine

America! The United States of America, since its birth in 1776, has carried with it an edge that the world had never seen before. America is a land of attitude. America believes in doing things the American way, because for America there is no other way. Americans lead the world, they shine the light going forward, and the world follows. It is this attitude seeded so deeply in the culture that gave the world Rock and Roll, and we never looked back. From Bruce Springsteen, to Jimi Hendrix, to Metallica, there is nothing more powerful than the hooks, riffs, and screams the fill arenas the world over. So this Fourth of July, celebrate independence, celebrate forging your own path, making your road, your adventure, making your way in the world with the ultimate symbol of freedom, Rock and Roll!

Of course, this is Vynl, and if you are going to do some celebrating, you better have the right damn wine to rock on with.

It is also a damn good thing that America makes some really amazing wines with the same attitude. Rock and wine are a match made in America, the perfect pairing for all of your patriotic celebrations. Whether you are pairing Zinfandel with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at a Fourth of July Cookout, or a heavy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with Metallica blasting away during a fireworks celebration, you really cannot go wrong. You just better be damn sure you are drinking American!

So where to go and what to look for? Luckily, if you live in the United States, most of the wine you see on the shelf will be from California. California makes great wine, and there are wine regions in California that truly rock. If you prefer something a little bit more alternative, outside of the mainstream and yet still accessible, Paso Robles is king. You can find a mix of great grapes from the region with very distinct characteristics that set them apart. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Zinfandel all velvety, smooth, deep and yet at the same time up lifting. Pairs well with Murder by Death concerts on a cool night.

American wine does not begin and end in California, even though more than 80% of wine made in the US comes from the great state. Other rocking regions to look out for:

Washington State - There really must be something in the water in Washington. The same State that gave rise to Nirvana and Pearl Jam has also given us Charles Smith Wines, a winemaker who devotes himself to making wine rocks. You have fun, and it suits your mood, whether you pay $12 or $100.

Oregon - Portland, Portlandia, and Pinot Noir. Though it is a massive mainstream wine that may be past its prime, Oregon just happened to be a perfect home for the grape with its cool climate. Perfect pairing for summer music festivals featuring a bohemian vibe that pays homage to the hippies of old and features the music of Bon Iver or Cake.

Great wines can be found from as far afield as New York, which is the the third largest wine growing region in the United States, to lesser known regions such as Michigan, Massachusetts, and West Virginia. So today we celebrate the birth of the United States of America, the day the nation declared independence. A young culture built on doing things bigger, better, and forging your own future against the mainstream that gave us Rock and Roll and kicked ass at the Paris Judgement of 1976. So celebrate freedom, celebrate the pursuit of happiness, the spirit of creativity, and the spirit of America with wines that encapsulate everything about the land, the people, and what they stand for.

It's July 4th, 2016. Drink wine. Drink American.

Damian Priday