Thoughts for a Summer Afternoon Part 1: Picnics

24Jul08

By Lauren Dickinson


A fashionable madhatter picnic at the Prix de Diane in Chantilly, France

Generally speaking, the idea of a picnic sounds romantic but the reality of preparing and packing one tends to ruin the feeling of spontaneity that ought to be the point. Now The New York Times’ Mark Bittman has published a list of “101 Picnic Dishes to Make in 20 Minutes” full of fantastic ideas for a quick gourmet picnic. Recipes like peach and tomato salad and fava bean and ricotta sandwiches take advantage of what’s currently in your farmers market without undo fuss. All you need to add is a bottle of wine…

Now that Americans have recovered from the association of pink wine with White Zinfandel (shudder) they are discovering the perfection that is a bottle of rosé on a hot summer day. Conjuring up visions of long lunches in Provence and the glamour of Saint Tropez, rosé is surging in popularity-in France it has now surpassed white wine in terms of sale.  Colors range from the palest salmon to the deepest pink depending on the style and varietal. There are excellent versions being produced all across France, in Spain, California, and Argentina. The light body and high acidity pair easily with a range of food, and all work well on a picnic blanket in the park.

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6 Responses to “Thoughts for a Summer Afternoon Part 1: Picnics”

  1. 1 Cathrina Sevos

    Hi Lauren,

    Loved the blog and I shall look up the 101 picnic ideas. Hope you are having time for lots of picnics this summer — with some wonderful French wines.

    Warm regards,
    Cathrina and Jean-Pierre

  2. 3 Anonymous

    It was timely for me to browse through Emily’s website, as I am just about to go to the store to pick up things for a picnic at a polo match this afternoon! I will certainly try out some of these 101 picnic ideas. Thanks for the tip!

    Cheers to picnics in The Heath,
    Caroline Bryant

    PS. I was just in Southern Portugal where I became a fan (in a big way) of Matheus rose.

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  3. Not sure. I’d rather just have a blkneat and a bag. That way after I lay out my blkneat, I still have the bag, not all of my stuff just lying around willy nilly. A folded blkneat looks easier to carry too.Plus, I’d still have to carry a cooler, with this thing slung on my shoulder.

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