Celebrate National Wine Day

Simple and Perfect Picnic Pairings

Raise your glasses high and toast to National Wine Day that's just around the corner! This delightful holiday is the perfect opportunity to enjoy your favorite wines in the great outdoors. Whether you're a seasoned wine enthusiast or simply enjoy a casual glass, pairing your wine with the right picnic foods can elevate your experience. To help you celebrate in style, we've curated a list of simple yet perfect picnic pairings that will make your National Wine Day unforgettable without requiring a photo shoot for each idea.

1. Classic Cheese and Wine Pairings

Wine Suggestion: Chardonnay or Merlot

A picnic isn’t complete without a selection of fine cheeses. For a rich and creamy experience, pair a buttery Chardonnay with Brie or Camembert. If you prefer red wine, a smooth Merlot complements aged Cheddar or Gouda beautifully. Add some crusty bread and assorted crackers to round out your cheese board.


2. Fresh Fruit and Light White Wines

Wine Suggestion: Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling

Fresh fruits are a summer picnic staple. Pair juicy slices of watermelon, strawberries, and peaches with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or a sweet Riesling. The vibrant acidity and fruity notes of these wines enhance the natural sweetness of the fruit, making each bite and sip a refreshing delight.

3. Charcuterie Board and Rosé

Wine Suggestion: Rosé

A charcuterie board filled with an assortment of cured meats, olives, nuts, and spreads pairs perfectly with a chilled bottle of Rosé. The light, fruity flavors of Rosé balance the savory and salty elements of the charcuterie, creating a harmonious blend ideal for a sunny day.

4. Grilled Veggies and Pinot Noir

Wine Suggestion: Pinot Noir

For those who love a good veggie platter, pair your grilled vegetables with a light and versatile Pinot Noir. The earthy undertones of Pinot Noir complement the smoky flavors of grilled zucchini, bell peppers, and asparagus, making it an ideal choice for a sophisticated yet casual picnic dish.

5. Decadent Desserts and Sparkling Wine

Wine Suggestion: Prosecco or Champagne

End your picnic on a sweet note with decadent desserts like chocolate-dipped strawberries or a rich chocolate tart. Pair these treats with a glass of Prosecco or Champagne. The bubbles and light sweetness of these sparkling wines add a festive touch to your picnic and perfectly balance the richness of the desserts.

National Wine Day is the perfect opportunity to combine two of life’s greatest pleasures: wine and picnics. With these simple yet perfect picnic pairings, you can create an unforgettable outdoor dining experience that celebrates the best of wine and food. So grab your picnic basket, a cozy blanket, and your favorite wines, and head to your favorite outdoor spot to toast to this special day. Cheers to great wine, delicious food, and wonderful company!