Wine? Of course. All kinds.
Pack a cooler with ice. White and rosé wines are best cool, and even the light-bodied reds that go with picnic foods are best a little cool. I don’t recommend heavy-duty cabernet sauvignon or tannic barolos for picnic eats. Those were for back when you were grilling.
Here are some good picnic wines.
— Sparkling wine is great for picnics. Spain’s inexpensive cavas or Italy’s lightweight prosecco are great with picnic foods. Fried chicken and bubbly are a great pairing. Bubbly also goes with hard-to-pair foods like deviled eggs and those buttery radishes.
— Light, crisp and lively whites like pinot grigio, nicely cooled, for those chicken salad and egg salad sandwiches. Richer whites like chardonnay for those lobster rolls.
— Rosé wines, lightly chilled, are great for picnics.
— Light, cool red wines are for tuna salad, those wonderful pastrami sandwiches and all kinds of cold roast beef.
Now for dessert. Bubbly also goes with watermelon. Cut out a plug from the melon’s skin, poke a wooden spoon inside to open up some space and pour in a bottle of sparkling wine, maybe an off-dry one. Bring big straws.
— 2014 Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand: aromas and flavors of white grapefruit, light and lively, tart finish; $17.
— 2013 Olema Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, Calif.: aromas and flavors of black cherries, espresso and earth, smooth finish; $20.
— 2014 Nielson Chardonnay, by Byron, Santa Barbara County, Calif.: light and crisp, with flavors of lemons, limes and mangos, smooth finish; $16.
— 2014 DaVinci Chianti DOCG, Italy: aromas and flavors of red plums and espresso, light body, smooth; $15.
— Nonvintage Freixenet Cordon Negro Cava (sparkling wine), Spain: active bubbles, light and lively, with green apple flavors; $12.
— 2014 Paragon Vineyard Chardonnay, by True Myth, Edna Valley, San Luis Obispo, Calif.: crisp and rich, with aromas and flavors of pineapples, peaches and minerals; $18.
— 2014 Ghost Pines Zinfandel, San Joaquin, Sonoma and Lake counties, Calif.: hint of oak, lean and crisp, with aromas and flavors of black raspberries and black coffee; $20.
— 2014 HandCraft Pinot Grigio, California: aromas of white flowers, flavors of lemons, limes and melons, light and crisp; $12.
— 2015 Casillero del Diablo Rosé, by Concha y Toro, Chile: light and crisp, with aromas and flavors of tart strawberries and cinnamon; $11.
— Nonvintage Ruffino Extra Dry Sparkling Rosé, Italy: pale pink hue, lightly sparkling, lightly sweet, crisp, with strawberry flavors; $15.