Perfect Picnic Wine Pairings

Perfect Picnic Wine Pairings

Summer in the Leelanau Peninsula is nothing short of magical. As the sun casts its golden glow over rolling vineyards and sparkling waters, there’s no better way to savor the season than with a picnic. 

At Rove Winery, we invite you to elevate your picnic experience with our exceptional wines. 

Choosing Picnic Wine and Food Pairings

Pairing your chosen wines with complementary foods is key to creating the ultimate picnic. Here are our top recommendations:

Light and Crisp Whites

Sauvignon Blanc: With vibrant acidity and flavors of tropical fruit, citrus, and melon, our Sauvignon Blanc is perfect for fresh salads, seafood, and light cheeses. Imagine a crisp Caesar salad with grilled shrimp or a plate of delicate goat cheese and crackers.

Chardonnay: This wine features notes of white peach and golden delicious apple, making it an excellent companion for grilled chicken, buttery brie, and simple yet elegant pasta salads.

Fíona Rúnda: Our signature white wine blend is a delicate balance of acidity and sweetness, highlighted by fresh fruit aromas and a touch of floral notes, complements dishes like grilled salmon, light pasta salads, and berry desserts.

Fruity Reds

Pinot Noir: With aromas of cranberry and cherries, our Pinot Noir complements grilled meats, hearty sandwiches, and aged cheeses. Think of a savory roast beef sandwich or a plate of sharp cheddar.

Bubbly and Refreshing Ciders*

Cherry Cider: This refreshing cider, made from cherries, offers a perfect balance of sweet and tart. Pair it with BBQ dishes, roasted nuts, and rustic baguettes for a delightful picnic experience.

Dry Heirloom Cider: Crafted from a blend of heirloom apple varieties, this dry cider features crisp apple flavors with a refreshing finish. It pairs wonderfully with smoked salmon, light salads, and cheese platters.

(*We know these aren’t wines, but they’re so perfect for a summer picnic that we couldn’t leave them off the list!)

Picnic-Friendly Recipes

Get ready to take your picnic to the next level with these simple, delicious recipes that pair wonderfully with Rove wines:

Shrimp and Avocado Salad: Combine fresh shrimp, diced avocado, cherry tomatoes, and a light vinaigrette. Serve with Sauvignon Blanc for a refreshing pairing.

Brie and Apple Crostini: Top toasted baguette slices with creamy brie and thin apple slices. Drizzle with honey and enjoy with a glass of Chardonnay.

Grilled Salmon with Berry Salsa: Top grilled salmon with fresh berry salsa. Enjoy with Fíona Rúnda for a perfect balance of flavors.

Roast Beef and Provolone Sandwiches: Layer roast beef, cheese, and arugula on a crusty roll. Serve with Pinot Noir for a savory experience.

BBQ Chicken Skewers: Marinate chicken in your favorite BBQ sauce, then grill perfectly. Pair with Cherry Cider for a sweet and smoky delight.

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Bagels: Spread cream cheese on a bagel, top with smoked salmon, and garnish with capers and red onion. Enjoy with Dry Heirloom Cider for a crisp and refreshing combination.

Packing Tips for a Wine Picnic

A successful wine picnic is all about preparation. Here are some essentials to create a wonderful experience:

  • Wine carrier: Invest in a sturdy wine carrier to secure your bottles.
  • Corkscrew: Don't forget a reliable corkscrew for easy opening.
  • Reusable glasses: Opt for reusable wine glasses to enhance the tasting experience.
  • Cooler bag: Keep your wines at the perfect temperature with an insulated cooler bag.
  • Picnic blanket: Choose a waterproof blanket to stay comfortable on any surface.

Experience the Best of Summer with Rove Wines

Need more food and wine pairing ideas? Read Your Summer Wine and Food Pairing Guide and Your Spring Wine and Food Pairing Guide.

And if you’re looking for ways to experience Leelanau Peninsula, check out 4 Trips to Take in Leelanau Peninsula During Summer and Summer Adventures in Leelanau Peninsula.

Cheers to a summer filled with delicious wines and unforgettable picnics!