Apr 27 2010
We like picnics by the lake, on the beach, in a park; frankly, anywhere besides the Office Space-esque cubicle our lives have become (against our better sense, no less). There’s just something so retro about picnics (gingham blanket, wicker basket, the great outdoors) it begs the question: what’s not to love? Excluding enjoyable company, the most memorable picnics pair lighthearted and refreshing wines with equally casual foods. Here are some of our picks:
NV Heidsieck Blue 4 PK Case, Champagne, France
Sparkling wine outdoors is practically a no-brainer. I mean, come on: it’s light, it’s refreshing, it’s bubbly. Who needs soda when you have a delicious citrus-and-toast Champagne? Enter Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Champagne. That’s right, Champagne. The good stuff, the gold standard, so on and so forth. There’re a lot of crisp fruit notes in this otherwise creamy bubbly. And get this: it comes in a cute four pack box complete with collapsible picnic cups, ready to tote to your favorite grassy spot in Millennium Park or Ravinia. Cheers indeed.
In my Rockwell-ian picnic visions, I imagine delightful strawberries being shared by enamored sweethearts while watching local kids throw around frisbees. Short of all that 50s-esque rigmarole, there is the fruit-forward and lush Borsao rose, a blush Garnacha hailing from Campo de Borja, Spain. Balanced acidity with young, fresh fruit on the palate, there is an interesting spice note adding a refreshing complexity to an ideal red/white go between.
Watching the clouds go by has never sounded sweeter, unless of course you are sharing a bottle of Gomba Boschetti Dolcetto d’Alba. This Dolcetto’s rich bouquet of spice and berry fruit is rounded out by soft tannins and an easy finish. Non-cerebral in the truest sense, this wine is best paired with a sense of whimsy (“Is that cloud a rabbit or a sock?”) and a Sunday afternoon.