11 Picnic-Perfect Pours

Pack these recently rated selections to brighten up your outdoor occasions.

Shake off your blanket and pack the cooler: It’s prime picnic season. Ditch the hearty reds that have kept you warm all winter and sip these vibrant, floral and fruity whites that will cool you off while you’re soaking up the sun. And the best part is these pours pair well with a variety of picnic-perfect snacks, like cheese and salad, or can be sipped solo.

Whites

These five pours are nicely packed with fresh fruit and floral notes.

Winzer Krems 2013 Kremser Wachtberg Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal); $23, 94 points
Villa Wolf 2013 Dry Riesling (Pfalz); $12, 91 points
Siot 2013 Pinot Gris (San Luis Obispo County); $26, 90 points
Ventana 2013 Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Arroyo Seco); $22, 90 points
Masseria del Feudo 2013 Grottarossa Grillo (Sicilia); $12, 86 points

Rosés

Super fresh, these also boast bright fruit and mouthwatering acidity.

Brick & Mortar 2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Napa Valley); $22, 93 points
Martin Ray 2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley); $18, 90 points
Tenuta delle Terre Nere 2013 Rosato (Etna); $20, 88 points

Reds

Sip one of these light-bodied, fruit-forward reds, served slightly chilled.

Saint Clair 2012 Omaka Reserve Pinot Noir (Marlborough); $31, 90 points
Henry Fessy 2012 Saint-Amour; $22, 89 points

Sparkling

This sparkling rosé is bursting with spring floral notes, juicy red fruit and frisky acidity.

Sparkling Pointe 2011 Topaz Impérial Sparkling Rosé (North Fork of Long Island); $37, 90 points

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Published on April 21, 2015
Topics: Hosting Tips, Picnic Wines, Wine Trends
About the Author
Fiona Adams
Senior Tasting Coordinator

Fiona Adams’ excitement for wine was sparked at a young age by her father. Working in a handful of New York City wine shops and a stint in Long Island wine country, she developed her wine knowledge, eventually earning her Level 2 WSET certification. Joining Wine Enthusiast in 2014, Fiona hopes to share her passion for natural wines.

Email: fadams@wineenthusiast.net




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