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Picnic Wines

by Staff Writer - R. Meoki | April 04, 2011

There are many wine considerations when planning a picnic. Selecting picnic wines can go in so many directions, with many variations available to you. You should pack a picnic wine that complements your food and the activities of the day. Sunny warm days with cool light foods call for white wines, such as Rieslings, Pinot Gris and Chardonnays. Champagne or Sparkling Wine would also be complementary. If your picnic food is a little heavier or you prefer a darker wine, try a Rose. Red Wines can also be enjoyed on a picnic, depending on your wine preferences. Pinot Noirs and Merlots are on the milder side and could go well with your picnic foods. Dark Red Wines, such as a Cabernet Sauvignon, or a Sweet Dessert Wine would work well with desserts or barbeques.

You can plan a picnic basket with some essential items such as plates, napkins, eating utensils, small cutting board, corkscrew and wine glasses. A small ice chest may also be beneficial, especially if you are transporting food for a period of time. Picnic Wines are usually best served when chilled. You need to make sure the Picnic Wine is stored properly. You can put it inside a cooler along with other beverages but make sure it is sealed properly. Picnic Wines should not be exposed to high temperatures so that the taste is preserved. Storing wine in the trunk may not be a good idea because the air is sealed off and temperatures tend to rise.

The result of a recent poll showed a clear majority of wine drinkers (38%) thought Rosé Wines were an ideal drink to take on a picnic. Although Rosé Wine has become popular on many types of occasions, it is the classic summer picnic wine, ideal for drinking with cold outdoor food.

Picnic Wine Selections

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  • Rose Picnic WinesA chilled, dry Rose is perfect for picnics if it has a fruity taste and is not too sweet to overwhelm other flavors.
  • White Picnic WinesLook for fruity, crisp white wines such as Chablis, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon
  • Light Red Picnic WinesLook for light Red Wines that are easily chilled; such as Beaujolais, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and Sangiovese. Save the heavier red wines for barbeques and other heavier meals.
  • Picnic Sparkling WinesLook for a dry, clean, and crisp taste. Champagne is a classic picnic wine and very versatile.

Picnic Wine Coolers and Totes

Whichever picnic wine you decide to take, it is best to make sure it is chilled, or, in the case of reds, at least cool. Warm wines normally do not taste good on a picnic. There are plenty of gadgets that will help you keep your wine at an ideal drinking temperature. Some newer picnic baskets have special wine compartments. Some picnic baskets even come with inline coolers that not only keeps the wine cool, but they also protect the wine bottles from accidental breakage. On the contemporary side there are new carriers called Wine Totes. They come in different designs, forms, and colors. These totes can be easily carried along with your regular picnic basket or tote. And if you simply want to enjoy a glass of wine in the park, just take your wine tote along and you will not be bothered by bulky, unnecessary picnic supplies.

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