My favorite season is here friends and I’m more than excited! I have been calling PSL, chilly weather and the autumn breeze with my thoughts. One of the many reasons why I love fall is the scenery which calls for picnics under a beautiful tree surrounded by colorful leaves. I could totally do this every weekend hahaha it’s the perfect setting to have a picnic with your best friend, significant other, sister, family or by yourself. Who doesn’t love “me” time?
In today’s post I want to share with you how to host a fall picnic with French vibes!! Picnics also remind me of France because one of my dreams is to go to Loire Valley, France to have a picnic. It’s romantic and the beautiful gardens are breadthtaking! Now in the meantime, if you can’t fly to Paris the first thing in your to-do list to host a fall picnic is finding the venue. You can go to a arboretum, park or your backyard like I did. That plain, boring backyard can be the perfect spot with decorations, fall ornaments and what I like to call “Iliana’s touch”. I love hosting parties and decorating because it’s all in the details and it’s a way of expression in my opinion. Once I had the decor, I brought out my coziest blanket, pillows, picnic basket and the best part the wine, cheese, bread, butter chocolate and butter.
With the help of The French Ministry I was able to put together an exquisite menu for my girlfriends!
- Mas De Daumas Gassac (white) – $39-45
- Where to Buy: Independant retailers – Fine Wine stores and wine savy restaurants
- Taste: Slightly fruity but has a tart kick
- Mas De Daumas Gassac Rosé – $10-13
- Where to Buy: Whole Foods, Independent retailers – Fine Wine stores and wine savvy restaurants
- Taste: Fruity and fresh, for sure my favorite! I love white wines and the fruitier the better!
- Château Bonnet White 2016 – $13.99
- Where to buy: Every state throughout the US.
- Taste: Sweet to the palette ,“succulent aromas of pear and tropical fruit, nervous and expressive on the palate, clean finish and well-defined . Intelligent, vibrant easy to drink yet.”
- Bonnet Red 2014 – $14.99
- Where to buy: Every state throughout the US.
- Taste: Rich, powerful and dry to the palette
- Président Unsulted Butter Quarters – $5.50
- Where to buy: https://presidentcheese.com/
- Perfect for cooking and as a spread for Italian bread
- Istara P’Tit Basque – $20-25
- Where to buy: Zabar’s, Whole Foods Market, Wegmans, Costco
- Taste: Delicious! We pretty much finish it. It’s mild, delicate and creamy to the palette which makes want more and more.
- Dulcey 32%, baking bar – $12.99 and Orelys 35% 500g baking bag – $22.99
- Where to buy: on Valrhona online boutique: www.valrhona-chocolate.com/orelys-35-500g-baking-bag
- Taste: The perfect amount of sweet! It’s creamy and great for baking.
CHOOSING THE WINE
You’re going to want to add your favorite wines to the menu and find out what your guests like. In case you don’t know and it’s not a possible you’ll one to have variety for your guests. Reds, whites, champagne and maybe sparkling cider for those who don’t drink.
I’m more of a white wine kind of gal, sweet and fruity wines are my top choices. I will say I’m not an expert with wines. I haven’t tried that many – in other words I just know what I like and don’t like. My favorite ones out of the four were definitely Mas De Daumas Gassac andRosé. They were super smooth and
Your choice of food will vary on the theme if you have one. For instance, here I hosted a French picnic so I knew I wanted to have bread, butter and cheese. With that said I believe you must have cheese and bread if you’re serving wine, it’s just the perfect combo! You also want to keep in mind what wines pair with what foods for the right choice.
This Rose paired perfectly with the P’Tit Basque cheese and Italian bread. This cheese is super creamy and smooth to the palette. It was the star of the menu. You can eat it alone, with crackers or bread.It’s a smooth cheese with a sweet flavor and a nutty finish. Cheese is totally a must-have at a fall picnic.
While this is completely up to you I do suggest to keep in my your the wines you’re serving.
Last but not least is dessert! Now you all knew that it couldn’t be missing from the menu. I decided to ditch the cupcakes, cake, muffins and ice cram for the new Valrhona Dulce Blond Chocolate. In case you’re wondering why chocolate, this one in particular paired perfectly with the red wines. It was the right amount of sweetness without it being too cloying.
Comment down below what’s on your menu? Are you a wine lover? If so, what are your favorite wines? Have you tried any of the ones I mentioned above?
Photos by Mynor Ventura
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