Picnics are so quintessentially a part of the British Summertime aren’t they. Think about things like Wimbledon, or a day at the races, or messing about on the river: they all seem to involve a wicker basket filled with all your favourite foods and a good bottle of wine. This Summer, as things begin to reopen in the wake of the biggest lockdown the UK has ever seen, picnics seem to be even more important and valued, a lovely way to reconnect with friends and family, and also to enjoy some tourist attractions that have reopened, but without any cafe or food outlets opened.
But what really makes a perfect picnic?
A picnic basket
I love the traditional wicker picnic baskets that make me come across all Brideshead Revisited. You can still pick these up from places like John Lewis and Wayfair for under £40 and they certainly help set the scene for a picnic beautifully. I am also a fan of the 1950’s vintage style picnic sets that often come with their own flasks and sandwich boxes. These are often kitsch and cute, but very practical too. You can stalk eBay for these.
The perfect wine
All the best picnics have wine that totally suits the season, and I use an independent wine shop to find wines that best match my picnic. In my opinion, Rose is the perfect Summer wine, being that touch lighter. I love Montecillo Rioja Rosé 2017 | Bronze Medal it is a delightful rosé with the aromas of flowers, strawberries and cream, a winner of Decanter Bronze Medal. This is actually perfect if, like me, strawberries and cream are a key part of your Summer picnic.