One of the best qualities of summer is the chance to dine alfresco, especially if it’s a picnic. Whether you’re relaxing in an open field surrounded by wildflowers or in Central Park listening to a concert as the sun sets, there’s no greater pleasure than nibbling on some cheese, biting into juicy strawberries and sipping wine in the open air. How do you transport those wines safely and easily? We have great wine carriers to choose from for your picnic excursions.
Wine just for two
For a romantic picnic à deux, the charming wicker Wine and Cheese Basket contains two glasses, a wine stopper, a corkscrew (which we all forget sometimes!), a cutting board and a knife. It has plenty of space to safely and easily transport two wine bottles, and its ingenious double-lid barrel design lets you easily access all these items without rummaging around.
This carrier is lined with durable pine green polyethylene and handcrafted with willow construction; this piece was built to be sturdy so you can take it along to picnics summer after summer.
Picnicking with friends
Are you meeting a group of friends? With the Built NY Cooler, you can bring enough wine for everyone. It fits 6 standard wine bottles and 10lb of ice, with an insulated construction that keeps drinks chilled.
It is easy to carry, with a durable strap and reinforced handles. Don’t worry about leaks, it is made from the same fabric as whitewater rafts!
On-the-go with wine
Stylishly tote bottles of wine to the picnic with this handsome travel bag. When ready for nibbles, use the folding Acacia wood folding table, corkscrew and stemless wine glasses that are break resistant and safe for the beach.
Set off on an adventure with this handy waxed cotton canvas carrier with adjustable shoulder strap.
There’s one important accessory not included with any of these wine carriers: the wine! You can pick which bottles to bring along to personalize your picnic.
What’s the perfect summer picnic wine?
Rosé is always a great bet and with a wide range of styles; there’s a rosé for every palate. They range from light and crisp, with gentle strawberry notes, to rosé wines with a rich and fuller-bodied flavor where the ripe berries take center stage.
Vinho Verde is another great summer sipper. Citrus fruits and a decent amount of minerality are met with a slight effervescence in this zesty and crisp white.
More in the mood for a red? A bottle of Pinot Noir works well in the muggy months with a light body. Or, look for traditional Rhône blends from the Languedoc-Roussillion region. Thanks to the warm climate in this southern France region, these wines are better suited for the weather.
About the author: Shana Sokol is a wine blogger, freelance writer and event planner living in New York City. Learn more at shanaspeakswine.com and follow her musings on Twitter and Instagram: @ShanaSpeaksWine.