Warm summer evenings invite patio sitting and relaxing with friends and family. This invariably leads to food and drink. While sitting under the stars, here are some of my favorite edibles to have alongside for a moonlight patio picnic. From a dry rosé, the lovely pink wine from Europe or North America, to charcuterie, olives, cheeses of every style, and some DLM Artisan Bread. Don’t forget these essentials for your summer late-night patio picnic.
Patio Picnic: The Cheese, Crackers, Accompaniments
Mackenzie Creamery Chèvre: This is a wonderful handmade artisan goat cheese. It’s locally produced in Hiram, Ohio, and is light, fresh, and beckons summer. Available in Herbs de Provence, Plain, or Blueberry Lemon.
Luigi Guffanti Robiola: This soft-ripened, flavorful cheese hails from the Piedmont region of northern Italy. It’s a blend of both cow and sheep’s milk, creating a wonderfully rich and creamy cheese. It’s perfect spread thickly on a slice of a DLM Baguette.
DLM Cheese Flight: This is the ideal size for a quick bite. It includes three selections with either P’tit Basque, Drunken Goat, or St. Rocco Brie and accompanying accouterments.
Rustic Bakery Sourdough Flatbread: These flatbread crackers made in California are wonderful as a palate cleanser. Plus, they accompany a range of cheeses and wines without interfering with the tastes.
Dulce Abuela Quince Paste: Made from the quince fruit, this paste is extremely popular with Spanish cheeses, like Manchego. Try it thinly cut and spread over top of a sliced DLM Baguette.
Patio Picnic: The Wine
Domaine Vetriccie 2016 Corse Rosé: We’re enamored with this stunning, dry rosé from Corsica, which delivers for the price! It’s a blend of Nielluccio, Sciacarello, and Grenache that’s full of vibrant watermelon, citrus fruit notes, and great acidity.
Château Trians 2016 Vin de Provence Rosé: This vibrant, almost electric rosé from Provence is one of our favorites this year with a strawberry, rose petal, and acid structure.
Neyers Sage Canyon Red Blend: Rich and layered with tiers of vibrant red berry, pomegranate, black licorice, spice, and cedar. This wine is made by Bruce and Barbara Neyers, our good friends in Napa Valley. It’s a blend of Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah.
Neyers Left Bank Red: From organically farmed Cabernet and Merlot vineyards on the “Left Bank” of the Conn River, this Bordeaux-style blend shows zesty raspberry and wild berry at the forefront followed by more intense fruit and tannins.