Winery tour is booked, but there are few other things that you need to take care of.
Majority of wineries do not have a restaurant on site. Therefore, wineries are happy to have you bring along a picnic for consumption with their wines. However, if you’re headed to a winery with an on-site restaurant, you may want to check with them first on their outside food policy.
Variety is key to a successful picnic, stick with these major groupings:
- Breads, crackers, or pita. It makes things much easier if you pre-slice the bread, or pita before leaving home
- Cheeses (Plan to serve 3-4 oz. of cheese per person):
- Aged: Aged Cheddar, Comté, Gouda
- Soft: Camembert, Boursin, Brie, Goat
- Firm: Manchego, Gruyere, Jarlsberg, Monterey Jack, Provolone
- Olives (Kalamata, Castelvetrano and Nicouse)
- Artichoke Hearts
- Roasted Red Peppers
- Cruchy: Marcona Almonds, Cashews
- Fruits: grapes, apples (see the table below), strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries
- Sweet: jams, fig compote
Finally, don’t forget your essentials: serving platter, plates, napkins, cutlery and cups.
That’s it – You’re set! Head out there with your favorite friends, be prepared to taste some amazing wines, and take all the kudos for putting together this AMAZING spread!