How to Create a Perfect “European” Picnic

| Posted by juliana for Sutter Home

If you're like most, you've had a friend return from Europe espousing the simple picnics they saw people enjoy. They were envious of how a couple would sit down and magically produce a basket with salami, some olives, cheese and wine. “They just seem to do everything so romantically,” they’d tell you. Maybe that “friend” was you.

Whether or not Europeans are really more romantic than we are is up for debate, but their picnicking certainly is. Europeans opt for smaller portions of rich, savory foods. Eating likewise isn't just more fun, doing so might just keep you moving on your hike or museum tour.

The key is to travel light, carry rich, delectable goodies, and a laissez-faire attitude. Here's what you might need:

-a quality hard salami
-baguette or other hard bread
-harder, more temperature- resistant cheese
-olives or grapes
-a light to medium bodied wine like Sutter Home's Pinot Grigio or Cabernet Sauvignon

Sutter Home's Pinot Grigio pairs well with a wide variety of foods, from mild to spicy, and our Cabernet Sauvignon deliciously complements Italian salamis and most hard cheeses recommended for picnicking.

Oh – want to keep your picnic basket or backpack weight to a minimum? Bring along our convenient single serving plastic bottles of White Zinfandel or Merlot – perfect for every picnic.

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