A Fairly Casual Celebration for July 4th

If you live in the United States and are of a mind, July 4th is a time to embrace and celebrate the cultural melting pot the country has become.  Personally, I’ve celebrated Independence Day in lots of different ways – from all-day-barbecues to attending parades to watching fireworks over the National Mall to sitting on the couch with a bowl of popcorn.  This year my celebration was a little more active than sitting on the couch, but certainly still casual.  I decided on a day of biking with friends.  We rode just over 50 miles (which is a lot for me in one day).  My derrière is still sore.  lol  To help us recuperate, we headed to dinner at an area restaurant called Stone Cove and had our meal at the bar.  Actually, the whole restaurant was designed as a kitchen surrounded by various seating stations all facing inward, so diners get to “sit at the bar” and watch their food being prepared.  Interesting concept and decent food.  I enjoyed their take on shrimp and grits which was most definitely inspired by a southern recipe.  The grits had cheese and plenty of salt in them – not dissimilar to the grits casserole my mother (born and raised in TN) used to make.  It may not be great for your blood pressure, but it tasted like home cooking to me.  To go along with my shrimp I decided on this California Chardonnay, thus making the meal an enjoyable bi-coastal experience.

Winemaker:   Glass Mountain
Varietal:  Chardonnay
Vintage:  2013
Appellation:  California
Price: $8.99 at Total Wine

Notes:  This Glass Mountain Chardonnay was a pretty golden color in the glass.  It was medium bodied and had good acidity.  On the nose I caught citrus and a hint of pineapple.  Flavors for me were citrus, some buttery/toasty oak notes, touches of pineapple and honey.  That last a bit was surprising as it’s pretty dry at 13.5% alcohol.  The finish was a bit quick, though, with just a hint of grass before it disappeared.  Well, you can’t have everything for $8.99 a bottle.  Still, not a bad accompaniment to a casual meal at a fun and friendly casual restaurant.

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