8 wines to sip this summer

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It only took a few years, but rosé has become synonymous with summer weather wine. And while there are many delightful bottles of pink-hued wines on the market, there are other summer friendly varietals to consider as well, from Albariño to Sancerre.

Here’s a sampling of eight bottles to consider opening during dinner on the porch or small, socially distant gatherings.

Summer Wines-Tres ChicThe Très Chic RoséCourtesy of Le Grand Courtâge

Le Grand Courtâge: Le Grand Courtâge produces Blanc de Blancs Brut and Brut Rosé, which are sold in both 750-milliliter and 187-milliliter bottles, and an annual vintage of its still rosé wine, Très Chic Rosé. A blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Cinsault grapes, both varietals—vinified separately for optimal expression—thrive in the windswept soils and Mediterranean climate.  The grapes were pressed directly, yielding a brilliant pale pink hue. The resulting juice was fermented at 16 degrees Celsius (61 degrees Fahrenheit) in stainless steel vats to preserve the aromatic freshness, then aged for three months on fine lees and gently stirred. The coastal terroir produces a rosé with flavors of red berries, citrus, and tropical fruit, balanced by floral notes and a nice length on the finish. It pairs well with both cheeses and spicy food. SRP: $19.

Summer Wines-Napa Valley-Fume BlancThe 2018 Napa Valley Fumé BlancCourtesy of Robert Mondavi

Robert Mondavi: A richer style of Sauvignon Blanc (with a small blend of Sémillon grapes), the 2018 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Fumé Blanc is bright with refreshing notes of grapefruit, green apple, peach, melon, and a subtle hint of jasmine. Bottled in April 2017, all of the juice was barrel-fermented for added richness and complexity, with 5% in new French oak for added texture and complexity. The winemaker suggests pairing it with main courses, such as rosemary chicken or pork chops. SRP: $23.


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Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicebroster/2020/07/04/over-50-of-people-say-womens-intimate-experiences-arent-talked-about-openly-finds-study/

10 books on American history that actually reflect the United States

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It’s often remarked that history is written by the winners. It’s also an unmistakable fact that most history lessons taught in schools are often told from white and male perspectives.

While the Fourth of July is usually a day for both celebration and relaxation for many Americans, the national mood is quite different this year. In that spirit, here is a suggested reading list of books about American history from perspectives that aren’t often included in elementary, high school, and college textbooks.

Courtesy of Counterpoint Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape by Lauret Savoy

Lauret Savoy explores how the unfolding history and concept of race in the United States have marked her—as a historian and environmental studies and geology—and the land itself. From earthquake fault lines to Southern plantations, from National Parks to American Indian reservations, Savoy mediates through a series of essays rooted in her own mixed heritage (of Native American, African, and European descent) about the relationship between diverse landscapes and diverse communities, and how these environments shape the socioeconomic fabric of the country.

Courtesy of St. Martins Press Children of Fire: A History of African Americans by Thomas C. Holt

University of Chicago professor Thomas C. Holt presents a sweeping history of generations of African Americans, from the arrival of the first slaves in North America in 1619 to the election of President Barack Obama in 2008. Holt treats each generation with deference and individuality but simultaneously blurs chronological lines often established by white scholars. (For example, the same people who lived through the Civil War and the end of slavery also dealt with Reconstruction and decades of Jim Crow laws to come, and yet they are often treated as two separate generations of Black Americans.)

Read more: https://fortune.com/2020/07/04/fourth-of-july-best-american-history-books/

Trump goes big with July 4 D.C. event as rest of U.S. scales back festivities

While public health officials are urging Americans to avoid large crowds and hold more muted Independence Day celebrations amid a spike of coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is going big for what he is promising will be a “special evening” in the nation’s capital.

Trump is set hold his “Salute for America” celebration Saturday with a speech from the White House South Lawn that he says will celebrate American heritage, a military flyover over Washington, and an enormous fireworks display that is expected to draw thousands to the National Mall.

The celebration comes one day after Trump kicked off the holiday weekend by travelling to Mt. Rushmore for a fireworks display near the iconic mountain carvings George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. The president delivered a fiery speech in which he accused protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a “merciless campaign to wipe out our history.”

Trump is taking part in the big gatherings even as many communities have decided to scrap fireworks, parades and other holiday traditions to try to prevent further spread of the virus that they fear could spurred by large holiday gatherings.

Still, Trump insisted on moving forward on holding big gatherings–including the Mt. Rushmore event for which South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a Trump ally, insisted social distancing wasn’t necessary and masks were optional. Trump spent little time in his Mt. Rushmore address reflecting on pandemic, which has killed more than 129,000 Americans.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions that mass gatherings like the one scheduled for Washington present a high risk for spread of the virus.

Trump’s Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who has stepped up his call for Americans to wear a mask in public, on Friday punted when asked during an interview whether he would caution a loved one from attending such large gatherings.

“It’s not a yes or no,” Adams told NBC’s “Today Show.” “Every single person has to make up their own mind. There are people going to beaches, going to barbeques, going to different environments and they are going to have to look at their individual risk.”

Trump has been aching to see the nation return to normalcy, and has been willing to push the envelope further than many state and big city mayors are willing to go.

Last month, he held his first campaign rally since e

Read more: https://fortune.com/2020/07/04/trump-july-4-event/

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