During these summer months, we get treated with long evenings when we get to enjoy lots of dining al fresco. There’s nothing better than pulling out the tartan blanket, filling up the picnic basket and heading off to a quiet spot to indulge in some delicious bites accompanied by a great bottle (or two) of wine, while enjoying the summer sunset or an open air concert or festival in the park.
However, the wines you serve at a barbecue aren't necessarily the same as those you'd serve for a summer picnic. Just think about your favourite picnic foods, like a potato salad, cold fried chicken, charcuterie and fresh, crispy bread, … You'll quickly realize that most of the foods are cold and rather on the lighter side. So what are the best picnic wines? Think cool and crisp whites and rosés or light, refreshing reds. Take your pick out of our suggestions below and you can start packing your picnic basket.
PS : Don't forget to pack these essentials in your basket.
- A corkscrew: It might seem obvious, but is often forgotten so be sure to throw one into your basket.
Otherwise you’ll be left resorting to that Youtube video you once saw about someone opening a bottle of wine with a shoe!
- Ice packs: If you’re opting for white, rosé, sparkling or even a light red wine, then you'd better make sure to keep these cool.
- Glasses: You can always opt for plastic cups but let's be honest, real glass provides a much better experience and the environment will thank you.
Brut Champagne0.75l RoséNew€36.00 €29.75We have been looking for a reasonably priced rosé Champagne for a while; a wine that is fruity and savoury at the same time and offers good purity and precision (we happen to be a bit picky about the Champagne we sell!) Thanks to our friends at Champagne Beaumont de Crayères, we have found their sister Champagne in the premier cru village of Pierry, a historic village on the southern slopes near Epernay. The blend of grapes is 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier. The Champagne is aged for five years and has a dosage level of 8 grams of sugar. This rosé Champagne has an attractive salmon pink colour, has red fruit aromas such as wild strawberries and cherries on the nose, is crunchy and fresh on the attack with good length and minerality. The name of the Champagne takes its name from a Greek Goddess who appears in the constellation of Virgo. One of its stars is Vindemiatrix, the harvester who when she appears in the eastern sky, this signifies that it is time to start the grape picking.
2017 Château PelleboucEntre-Deux-Mers0.75l White€9.80 €8.10This is our best-selling wine and it is easy to see why. Pellebouc is a quaffable, refreshing white Bordeaux, owned by Baudouin Thienpont, the brother of Jacques and produced at his beautiful estate in the Entre-deux-Mers region of Bordeaux. Made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes, it is a light white wine with an attractive nose of citrus, freshly mown grass and orchard fruits. On the palate it is lively with good acidity and a nice, long, dry finish. Enjoy this wine young with oysters, light lunches, salads or seafood.
2015 Menade (BIO)Verdejo Rueda D.O.0.75l WhiteBio€9.60 €7.93The Sanz siblings, with five generations of winemakers behind them, created MENADE in 2005. Pioneers in the organic certification of their winery and 120 hectare vineyard in Rueda, they make a very natural, fresh and fruity Verdejo with lots of personality. There are here distinct types of harvest: green harvesting to throw away the damaged bunches, manual daytime and mechanised night time harvest. The grape bunches are protected by using carbonic snow from the very moment they are picked until they are pressed, so that there is no addition of sulphur. The wine is clean and bright with a straw yellow with green reflections. On the nose there are aromas of white fruit intermingled with hints of herbs – notes of laurel, fennel and thyme. On the palate the wine is dry and balanced with a touch of minerals. An attractive acidity is part of a long and elegant finish. Great with shellfish, seafood, salads and light meals.
2014 Domaine BoillotBrussellions Moulin-à-Vent0.75l Red€19.80 €16.36A 1.3 hectare site sitting on top of a hill, northeast of Moulin. Here ancient alluvial soils with white sands are complemented by a high percentage of red granite. There is great energy here with spicy fruit and fresh, pure flavours. The wine is long and quite rich with very fine tannin structure. Louis Boillot describes it as the synthesis of the other two cuvées.
2017 Marigny-NeufPinot-Noir Val de Loire0.75l RedBio€9.99 €8.26Frédéric Brochet loves Pinot Noir. This talented winemaker learned to make pure, fruit driven wines in Australia. He has planted the grape right in front of his headquarters at the Manoir de Lavauguyot looking south towards Futoroscope and the hills of Poitiers. This wine is organic, lively and pure with notes of kirsch, walnut and sweet spice on the nose. The taste is smooth and fruity with smoky notes and a lovely crunchy, acidity. Macerated on the skins with gentle pigeage to produce the ruby red colour and aged in French oak barrels for six months, its freshness and silky tannins make this a good match for poultry, salads, Porc filet mignon and all sorts of cheeses. Serve slightly chilled.