Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Why did yankee doodle stick a feather in his hat and call it macaroni?

Back in Pre-Revolutionary America when the song "Yankee Doodle" was first popular, the singer was not referring to the pasta "macaroni" in the line that reads "stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni".

"Macaroni" was a fancy ("dandy") style of Italian dress widely imitated in England at the time. So by just sticking a feather in his cap and calling himself a "Macaroni" (a "dandy"), Yankee Doodle was proudly proclaiming himself to be a country bumpkin, because that was how the English regarded most colonials at that time.

In celebration of July 4th here’s a quick shopping list of American Wines…

  • Handley Cellars, 2004 Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc $17 - total porch sitting wine, pair with a plate of fresh Texas Goat Cheese!
  • Duchamp Winery, 2003 Slaughterhouse Syrah, Dry Creek $25 – break out this luscious Syrah with a nice Colorado leg of lamb off the grill!
  • Lange Estate, 2006 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris, $20 - a bright, crisp perfect poolside sipper!
  • Pellegrini Family of Sonoma, 2005 Russian River “Eight Cousins” Estate Zinfandel $24 – pair this zingy zin with BBQ Chicken and Baked Beans!
  • Storrs Winery, 2005 Santa Cruz Chardonnay $20, ahh, luscious tropical fruit will make you substitute this for dessert!
  • Davis Family Vineyards, 2005 Barn d’Or, Russian River Syrah and Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Blend $25 – totally made for Texas Smoked Brisket!
  • Fort Ross Winery and Vineyards, 2003 Symposium $30 – this blend of Pinot Noir and Pinotage calls or BBQ Pork Tenderloin and Summer Squash.
  • Teira Wines, 2005 Dry Creek Zinfandel $17 - Burgers and Chili DAWGS – this silky fruit bomb will leave you lickin’ your lips!
  • Lewelling Vineyards, Napa Cabernet Sauvignon $40 – IN CASE OF RAIN WINE, drink this one inside your nice air conditioned home and enjoy Napa Cabernet from one of the oldest Vineyards in St. Helena!

Now go sing along here!

Big Cheers to the American Wineries of TexaCali Wine Co., truly living an American Dream!


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