I will resist the urge to write about zinfandel, the American success story. I will even resist proselytizing about the terrific, and overlooked, norton grape. (Although I promise to pay attention to this wine in the future. I have two bottles from Missouri I've been waiting to open).
No recommendations for beach whites or reds to match with hamburgers will grace this page this year. Plenty of other people offer these already. What I will do is remind you that July 4th is Independence Day!
Celebrate our independence by shopping with a local merchant for your wine. No better time exists to break the chains of chain stores and spend some money that stays local. Go actually talk with someone about the wine you want. Buy a label you don't know from a winery that is not part of some huge conglomerate. Try something different, don't just follow the crowd. Be independent.
This post appears in time to act! Stop buying wines from merchants that can't help you except to point out where the wine is. Buy from someone who tastes the wines before offering them for sale. Support your independent wine merchant, I predict you'll be happy you did.
I will be enjoying my freedom and will not have a post on the 4th.