Start your fireworks with American wines. These will go with what's on the Fourth of July grill.
Chicken: Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc. 2013 MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($25) has a hint of citrus; 2014 Ehlers Estate Sauvignon Blanc ($28) is a crisp, clean choice.
Steaks and burgers: Cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel. 2013 Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon ($20) has a peppery note; 2012 Mettler Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($25), spice and cassis. Focused and full of black fruit is the 2012 Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon ($38). Splurge on the rich, 2011 Duckhorn Vineyards Rutherford Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($95). 2012 Quivira Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Sonoma Zinfandel ($22) offers black cherry; 2013 Ravenswood Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel ($18), plum and cherry.
Tuna, salmon: Pinot Noir. 2013 On Point Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($36) and 2013 Christinna's Cuvee Anderson Valley Pinot Noir ($36) are balanced, forward, berried. Enjoy the complex, refined, red-fruit driven 2013 Patz ... Hall Gap's Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast PinotNoir ($70).
Shrimp, lobster: Chardonnay. Full-bodied, creamy, lemony 2013 Franciscan Estate Cuvée Sauvage Chardonnay ($40); and 2013 Talbott Vineyards Chardonnay Kali Hart ($20), with tropical fruit.
Ribs: Pork, a dry rosé, such as the 2014 SIMI Sonoma County Dry Rosé ($14); for beef, zinfandel, or a red blend, such as the juicy 2012 BEAST Wildebeest ($25).
Hot dogs: Any red Zinfandel And on the side: get good chips, and sample zinfandel-spurred Ravenswood Salsa Borracha (12-oz. jar, $8) and Ravenswood Salsa Macha by La Fundidora (4-oz., $7), via ravenswoodwinery.com.