What to Drink Right Now: Picnic Perfect Wines
The outdoor music scene has begun. You know what that means? Free concerts in many local parks, and free movies too, all summer long! It also means it’s time to get those picnic baskets ready for some fun. If you’re going to enjoy something free, the one thing you don’t want to do is ruin it by spending a ton of money on wine to drink—and you don’t have to.
I found two completely awesome wines that are perfect to take along to any outdoor summer fun.
Matua 2017 Rosé. With an average price of $12 and coming in under $10 in many places, this is the perfect summer picnic wine. It’s a light, crisp, Pinot Noir Rosé with notes of fresh, ripe strawberries and juicy watermelon. Dry, but not overly acidic, with an easy finish that beckons another sip. This is a New Zealand wine and their vineyard is known for its world-famous Sauvignon blanc.
The second wine is a steal at around $10, some places even lower, La Fiera Pinot Grigio 2017. This Italian wine is dry but full of ripe luscious melon notes, stone fruit and lovely minerality. I was never a huge Pinot Grigio fan, but when I tasted this one, I was hooked. This Pinot Grigio drinks like a $30 wine.
Both wines go great with cold salads, fresh fruit, and a variety of cheeses, or even just potato chips. They do need to be chilled, so do get them good and cold before leaving, but there is no need to bring along a corkscrew because both are screw-tops. Now, before you judge and think, screw tops mean cheap wine—they don’t. Well, O.K., in this case, they actually do, lol, but generally speaking, screw tops are a perfectly respectable closure for any wine you’re not buying to store and age. Screw tops keep wine fresh and protect it from cork taint, a type of wine spoilage that can occur with corked bottles. So, if any wine snob friends should turn their nose up at the screw top tell them to do their research.
Now, just pack your wine, chips, Solo cups and enjoy!