Much like you I'm sure, I'm gearing up for a few days of R & R to celebrate this country's birthday over the 4th of July holiday. No surprise, I've collected a few wholesome treats to sip while rocking 'to and fro' on the porch, enjoying the sea breezes and the sound of waves lapping the shore in the not-so-far distance. What goodness have I collected, you ask? This year my case of wine offers 10 different bottles of red, white and blue, er, pink: 3 red, 8 white and 1 bottle of rose. To celebrate fully though, I'm going to diverge a bit from my typical posts, and am asking you to taste with me over the holiday. Perhaps this will further encourage you to pick up something new, or (re)find an old friend... Either way, I want you to post your thoughts about one of these wines - or even share the contents of your own "survival kit"! I'm purposely not linking any information to these wines so you taste first for yourself.

So! On to the fun stuff. Here's what's in my case o' goodness...

2007 Cave de Saumur (Chenin Blanc from Saumur, France)

2007 Chateaux Saint Peyre Picpoul Pinet (Languedoc, France)

2006 Dancing Coyote Rhumba (cool white blend from Clarksburg, California)

2007 Adega Co-op's Fuzeulo (a Vinho Verde from Portugal)

2007 Man Chenin Blanc (South Africa)

2007 Adega de Pegoes White (Portuguese white blend)

2007 Sileni Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)

2006 Monte Degli Pinot Noir (Piedmont, Italy)

2006 Susana Balboa Crios Syrah/Bonarda (Menoza, Argentina)

2007 ZaZa Granacha Rose (Campo de Borja, Spain)

These wines absolutely will NOT break the bank, either! A couple of them are "treats" at $15 (the Sileni and the Crios) but a few of the whites retail for just $7-$9. You can find these wines at Ball Square Fine Wines in Somerville, MA and other fine wine establishments in these parts.

Come, taste with me and post your notes below! And...have one, fabulous holiday! I'll see you in a week.