Lovers Love Wine: Planning Your Romantic Picnic

A perfect date requires a perfect setting to mix atmosphere, taste and romance. The warmth of summer or a cooler autumn with its romantic golden trees presents the best backdrop for an amorous picnic. Not to be left are the delectable wines to spice up the occasion. A luscious Sauvignon Blanc, the fruity aroma of Pinot Grigio or a lighter and citrus Chardonnay is a perfect blend for any wispy and healthy sunny delicacy.

Think of the classic checked tablecloth carefully placed on a patch of grassy hillside overlooking a waterfall, or a wooded setting surrounded by tall spruce trees prevalent along the Maine coast, their fresh scent sparking your appetite for the delicious food and wine and the company of your loved one. Choose some salty nuts from gift baskets you have for a healthy snack.

But summer isn't the only good time for a picnic. A crisp day in the fall is also a wonderful time for you to be alone outdoors with your sweetheart. Find a wooded area where there is an explosion of reds, oranges, and yellows in the treetops and on the ground. Being surrounded by so much color will literally take your breath away.

A weekend, country drive to view all the beautiful fall foliage with a prepared picnic and a lovely wine gift basket is a great way to spend a lazy Sunday with a special person in your life. The cooler autumn days call for wines with a bit more body such as a delicious cherry colored Pinot Noir, a hearty Merlot or Shiraz and perhaps, a rich, ruby red Port.

The pleasurable dish creates an even more perfect and romantic date. That may depend on the time you have to prepare. Are you worried that you only have a short period to plan? Well, think simplicity. Oftentimes the most enjoyable and stress-free moments with your loved ones are those when you have less preparation and when you have simpler setting. However, a good cheese, several fruit in season, fresh bread and surely a sumptuous wine are essential must haves.

Everyone has at least a few gift baskets lying around that haven't been opened yet. Why not break them out and use the contents for your next picnic? If you want to top off the meal with a decadent dessert, bring along something tasty from a chocolate gift basket. For an extra-special sweet, try dipping ripe, red strawberries in melted dark chocolate drizzled with white chocolate.

If you want a more refined picnic menu, try preparing a fresh salad using the fruits and vegetables still in season such as, garden tomatoes topped with fresh slices of mozzarella cheese, dressed with fresh basil leaves, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. A cheese or vegetable tart is also a tasty and portable dish for a picnic that pairs well with fresh fruit and cheese after the meal. Open up those gourmet food baskets you have on hand filled with savory crackers and cheeses to compliment your picnic menu.

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