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5 Picnic Wine Recommendations

Try any of the following wines, which are perfect for picnics.

Couple pouring wine at a picnic

1. Hanna Winery Sauvignon Blanc

This wine is a perfect example of the Sauvignon Blanc grape at its purest. Tart lemon, lemongrass, and mineral shoot out of the glass. Keep some in the fridge ready to pack at a moment’s notice. Cost is under $20 per bottle.

2. Dry Creek Vineyards Chenin Blanc

At around $12 per bottle, the Dry Creek Vineyards Chenin Blanc is similar to a Sauvignon Blanc, but with a little more melon and lighter citrus notes. This one is a great buy and an easy summer day quaff. Notes of pear and tropical fruit show through in the palate, too.

3. Robert Sinskey Vineyards Vin Gris of Pinot Noir

This is a stellar effort from one of the best producers of rosé in Napa Valley. Using Pinot Noir from their vineyards, they produce this light-bodied, yet full flavored pink wine! It’s a fruity, complex blush wine that’s perfect with almost any picnic food, and it costs around $30 per bottle.

4. Alexander Vineyards Dry Rosé of Sangiovese

Guava, strawberry, and melon are just a few of the flavors you’ll find in this tasty and versatile rosé made from the Sangiovese grape. Try it with chilled salmon or a light salad. The cost is about $15 per bottle.

5. Forestville Pinot Noir

Looking for a good bottle of picnic wine for under $10? The Forestville Pinot Noir only costs $8, and it won a silver medal at the Orange County Fair Commercial Wine Competition. Cherries and raspberries are the predominant flavors here, and the wine works well with cheeses and meats.


By Wendy Michaels

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