Skip into Spring with a Perfect Picnic

Skip into Spring with a Perfect Picnic

springwine_01It’s spring. Finally. And with the trees leafing out and the daffodils blooming, it’s a great time to enjoy an outdoor picnic, packed with light, bright springtime wines. So here are a few suggestions for enjoying just that—with, in the picnic spirit, extra points to screwcaps, box wines and inexpensive surprises.

Sauvignon blanc tends to be light and bright. Citrusy and sometimes grassy, it will go especially well with a grassy knoll, as well as some Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus. Try:

VILLA MARIA Sauvignon Blanc “Private Bin” 2013 (Marlborough, New Zealand) $15
SEAGLASS Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (Santa Barbara County, CA) $12
CADE Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (Napa Valley, CA) $26

Snappy pinot grigio/pinot gris is also ideal for spring. Mix up a Shrimp Caesar Salad to pair with one of these:

ARCHERY SUMMIT Pinot Gris “Vireton” 2012 (Willamette Valley, OR) $24
DA VINCI Pinot Grigio 2012 (Delle Venezie, Italy) $15
BOTA BOX Pinot Grigio 2012 (CA) $6 (500 milliliters)

Chardonnay is always welcome at a picnic, but for the spring, try a crisper, less oaky style and a similarly Old World-style sandwich: a Ham and Brie Baguette. For example:

CHAMISAL VINEYARDS Chardonnay “Stainless” 2012 (Central Coast, CA) $18
COLUMBIA CREST Chardonnay “Unoaked” 2012 (WA) $14
CARMEL ROAD Chardonnay “Liberated” 2012 (Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, CA) $16

If you must go red for your picnic, go just slightly so with rosé, which pairs perfectly with all manner of picnicky meats and cheeses, especially if it’s a dryer style like:

ISABEL MONDAVI Rosé “Deep Rosé Cabernet Sauvignon” 2012 (Napa Valley, CA) $20
BORSAO Rosé 2012 (Campo de Borja, Spain) $9

And for dessert? A sweeter rosé and a basket of the season’s first strawberries:

ROSENBLUM CELLARS Pink Moscato “Rose ‘N’ Blum” 2011 (California) $15

Here’s to spring! How will you be enjoying the warmer weather? Let us know below.

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