Pop the Korbel This Fourth of July

Jun 20, 2013, 17:26 ET from Korbel

GUERNEVILLE (RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY), Calif., June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With July 4th just around the corner, now is the time to plan that Independence Day party. Whether it's a picnic for two, a gathering of family and friends, or a block party for the neighborhood, an Independence Day party deserves champagne. Champagne is the perfect accompaniment to every celebration, but especially Independence Day – it's fireworks for the senses, especially refreshing on a summer day and pairs well with a variety of casual fare.

Fireworks for the senses? Absolutely!  The loud "pop" of the champagne cork. The beautiful color and fine streams of bubbles in the glass. The fresh aromas. The delightful "tingle" on the palate. The delicate yet complex flavors. The crisp finish. Served well chilled, champagne truly captures the spirit of Independence Day.

The Fourth of July is an American holiday, so an American sparkler is in order. Which to choose? That depends on the party fare. Brut is the most versatile and popular sparkler, and Korbel Brut works well with everything from crudites and chips and dip, to hot dogs and potato salad. Food from the barbecue like hamburgers, chicken and steaks pairs well with more richly flavored sparklers like Korbel Brut Rose, Korbel Blanc de Noirs and Korbel Chardonnay California Champagne. If serving champagne with dessert, consider one with some residual sweetness, like Korbel Extra Dry or Korbel Sec. Which sparkler is best for toasting Independence Day fireworks? The best choice is your favorite – whatever it may be – after all, independence is why we celebrate July 4th!

Established in 1882, Korbel Champagne Cellars produces the United States' most popular methode champenoise champagne. Owned and managed by the Heck family since 1954, Korbel currently makes 11 California champagnes and a small amount of still wine. In a separate facility, Korbel also produces one of the country's most respected brandies.

Celebrate responsibly.