Just like most people in the country, I love the great outdoors. Blue skies, a walk in the countryside and discovering a pub that serves lunch en route.You simply can’t beat it.
On the contrary, I’ve have had my fair share dead end paths or being chased out the field by a herd of cows, I even walked up to the highest point in the Quantock Hills in Somerset, only to be bitten by a horse upon reaching the summit!
However, you don’t need breath a sigh of relief at the sight of beautiful beer served in a glass that’s been through the dishwasher a thousand time, as the perfect picnic is a walkers paradise. A hamper heaving with delicious goodies coupled with your finest woollen picnic rug and you’ve slapped on the factor 50, you’re well on your way. This all begs the question which tempting tipples should you fit into those gaps at the bottom the wicker basket?
Due to the rise in popularity of the need for ‘wine on the go’, you no longer have to faff around with finding the corkscrew and then secondly attempting to remove the cork from the bottle whilst the rest of your picnic-goers look on forlornly. Someone even messaged me the other day with the news that she had successfully removed the cork with a table fork! Coupled with the growing demand for box wine, a category which has been firmly in the shade for several years and is now growing in popularity due to ease and convenience of that simple closure – a tap.
For me, picnic wines should be a wonderful spectrum of delicious refreshers including red, white, rosé, and some lovely bubbly. Funand easy styles blossoming with fruitfulness, what’s more to like.
Fruity and refreshing, this is coastal Southern Italy in a glass. You maybe be familiar with that classic sweet wine Marsala? Well this is the grape variety which forms the backbone of that wine and, as a dry white wine, it nearly disappeared off the radar in the 1970’s. All is not lost as it’s now enjoying a renaissance. This showstopper of a white, with notes of citrus fruits and white flowers is delicious with light bites such as pork pies and sausage rolls.
Leitz, camera, action! The spotlight is always on alternatives to fruits juices and carbonated drinks which would have been the normal offering in the past. But now there’s alcohol-free fizz available and this example always impresses me. The alcohol in this wine is removed through gentle vacuum distillation which preserves the natural and fruity aromas. The perfect apéritif.
There’s nothing like a can-do approach in order to make life simpler and hassle free. This 250ml can is the equivalent to one large glass of wine. No need to grab the corkscrew, just open and pour to unleash its summer fruit flavours. Pure picnic pleasure.
Now you can enjoy picnic pleasure with a mini version of this popular fizz. This light and refreshing fizz is salmon pink in colour with a lively palate that evokes flavours of fresh strawberry and raspberry. Fizz amongst the flowers is the perfect way to start the afternoon.
Perfectly structured, with aromas of ripe summer fruits balanced by rich fruit flavours and hints of pepper and spice, with a long, generous finish: all the hallmarks of classic Rhône.