Apr 27 2010

Le sigh… Picnic envy.

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.

2009 Borsao Rose of Garnacha, Campo de Borja, Spain

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.

2008 Gomba “Galluccio” Dolcetto D’Alba, Piedmont, Italy

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.

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