Happy 4th of July all our friends back in the States!

This Independence Day, it might be amusing to give guests another option next to the coolers of beer by incorporating wine into the festive barbecue. Madeira, a fortified wine from Portugal, would be an excellent choice. Even Thomas Jefferson would agree.

Thomas Jefferson was a serious connoisseur of wine and he was a huge fan of Madeira. A bottle was used to toast a little thing called the Declaration of Independence back in 1776. It’s easy to understand why Winston Churchill said, “To drink Madeira is to sip history with every glass.”

Besides it’s historic ties to such an auspicious day in American history, here’s why you should incorporate Madeira into your 4th of July festivities:

A little Madeira will go a long way. The concentration and richness of the wine allows you to savor it. It also pairs well with many types of food – I dare you to try it with your 4th of July burgers and be the same again!