Light and easy to drink, picnic wines make cool summer drinks that complement the food on a picnic. They give a romantic atmosphere to a wedding or picnic for two.
Drinking too much alcoholic on a hot day is not the best idea so mix alcoholic drinks with fruit juice or water to make long refreshing drinks.
Choose cool, crisp, white or rose wines for a summer picnic. The only way to find the right one for you is to experiment and then try to remember your favourite.
I always forget which one I particularly like. Even if I write it down I loose my note.
If you are a bit doubtful what to choose check out some of your local wine retailers web sites to get more ideas of what is available before venturing to the shops .
You will find some really good bargains. I like to buy cleanskins. True you never know what you are going to get but they are so cheap and some are quality wines from a winemaker with too much stock.
Unless you want to make a serious study of wine don't get too tied up in all the jargon. You just want something nice to drink at your picnic so just go ahead and buy a bottle.
Try some of these light wine styles suitable for a picnic.
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Rose wines are increasingly popular. They are light and fruity. Ideal for summer and can vary in colour from orange to a deep pink. They are made from red grapes like cabernet sauvignon or pinot noir . The skins are left in contact with the juice for short time basically dying the juice it's super colour. Try them still or lightly sparkling.
It is easy to carry picnic wines nowadays. Most come in screw top bottles that are much more convenient than corks at any time but especially at a picnic. If you are serving champagne of course you want the "pop" of a cork but really It is so much easier to just unscrew the lid . When you have poured a glass simply screw the top back on. The wine stays fresh and ready to drink for longer and on a picnic it will not spill.
Cardboard casks are a convenient way to carry wine. You can buy 2, 4, or 5 litre casks depending on the size of your crowd. The cardboard box protects a soft bag of wine which collapses down as the wine is used protecting the remaining wine from exposure to the air. Draw the wine out by the glass from the tap in the bottom. The wine in a cask will stay fresh for ages so any you don't drink at the picnic will be fine to drink later .
Keep picnic wine cool in insulated bags or cooler boxes.
A White Wine Spritzer
Add club soda to your wine to make a white wine spritzer. The combination of fizzy refreshing water and spicy wine turns white wine into a refreshing long drink that you can sip all day. Add ice cubes to keep your drink cool and mint or a twist of lemon for decoration.
Originating in Spain this drink is so versatile it is now drunk all over the world.
Combine your wine with almost any fruit, juices and a sparkling water. Although traditional sangria is made with red wine you can also use white or sparkling wines.
It's always a good idea to include some citrus fruits for an extra tang.
Some sangria includes a dash of spirits and some use grape juice instead of wine for a non-alchohlic drink. Check out these different sangria to make.
On a picnic carry your ingredients separately and add your sparkling water just before you drink the sangria. It is very quick to stir all the ingredients together in a jug. This way you do not lose the fizziness of the drink.
Always serve sangria icy cold.
Turn your wine into a long thirst quenching drink to enjoy at a summer picnic.