Val’s July Blog

Independence Day has been a federal holiday since 1941 but tradition of its celebration goes back to 18th century. In more recent times, people had gathered to watch fireworks, parades and concerts. We might not see any of these this year for obvious reasons but that doesn’t mean we will not have a good time. We will still get together with our friends for barbecue, beach volleyball or other leisure activities. Those call for a glass of good wine or beer, of course. So I will give you a few Made-in-USA suggestions to enjoy while celebrating July 4th.


Red Wine: MANA. Loosely translated from Hawaiian it means to live with energy. This is a story where a Maui lady meets Mainland. Ashleigh Hutchison, that is. She moved to California to fulfill her passion about wine. I met her during her time with Miner Family Winery. Since, she had started the Industry Outlaw business, a part of which is MANA wines. They give back to the communities via partnerships with many non-profit organizations. MANA Pinot Noir is light and bright but full of flavor. Exactly what you’re looking for on a warm weekend day. A bottle of it is only $12.99. Enjoy!


White Wine: The Albariño grape is originally from the area of Galicia in Spain. Hendry Wines planted it first in 2003 in their vineyards in Napa, California. Since then, it has been a great success for them. In recent years, they even grafted over two vineyards from Pinot Gris to Albariño. Peachy, citrusy and floral on the nose, palate offers green apple and lemon zest, with good acidity on the finish. Drinks well by itself or with light dishes that are high in flavor. A bottle goes for $22.99. Not the cheapest out there but so worth it!


Beer: Back in 2009, Oskar Blues released their Mama’s Little Yella Pilsner. I have seen it being described as Bohemian, German-style or even Mountain Pilsner. But to simplify – it is “a damn good, crushable beer”, as they say it themselves. Unlike mass market light beers, it is not diluted with corn and/or rice. Clean, crisp, refreshing, easy-drinking. A wonderful July beer! A 15pk of cans is only $16.49 this month. Come and get some!