Wednesday, March 18, 2015

3 Tips for Enjoying a Picnic in Paso Robles Wine Country

Enjoy a Spring Picnic

If you live along California’s Central Coast, March is not an usual time of the year to start thinking about going on a  picnic—even if just about everywhere else in the country, people are still trying to dig out of winter.

We’re lucky to live in an area as beautiful as Paso Robles Wine Country and even luckier to have beautiful spring landscapes to enjoy—and it doesn’t hurt that with over 200 wineries, we always have new wines to taste. And we never have to choose between the two, because we can—and do-- spend the day wine tasting and picnicking.

If you’re a member of the Paso Robles Wine Club, each of your regular shipments includes several wines that are perfect to take along on a picnic. Aside from enjoying the wine, packing a local wine into your next picnic basket is the best way to enjoy it. You’ll revel in the natural scenic beauty of the Central Coast and with increased sensory perception, will find your palate more sensitive and open to the flavor profiles in the wine.

Wondering what to bring along for the perfect Paso Robles Wine Country picnic? 

Here are our 3 tips for enjoying yourself:

Pack Your Basket: While you’ll want to pack foods that pair well with your chosen wine, you don’t want to overlook the wonderful seasonal fare. For spring, a fresh goat cheese and a baguette, perhaps some sliced ham, fresh strawberries, even a simple tossed grain salad with baby spinach and fresh herbs are all foods that travel well and are satisfying. For dessert, pick up a jar of artisan jam or local honey to slather on the bread and a piece of good cheese from Rinconada Dairy.

Don’t Rush Yourself: Of course, the reason you’re packing a picnic basket is to enjoy eating it among the beauty of nature, but don’t think of your day as just getting to a destination. The best discoveries come when you allow yourself the luxury of wandering and exploring at a leisurely pace. Don’t forget to pack your camera—and a jacket—and plan on making plenty of side stops along the way.

Make Room for Souvenirs: One of the best things about living along California’s Central Coast is being able to drive from one picturesque town to the next—and wander through each. Whether you’re in the mood for a little antiquing in Cambria, a quick shopping spree in downtown Paso Robles, or a walk along the main road of historic Santa Margarita, make sure you leave a little extra room in your trunk for a trinket, be it a bottle of wine you’ve never tried or a vintage find for your garden.

One of the best times of the year to enjoy Paso Robles Wine Country is in the spring. Rolling green hills, colorful blooming quince, plum, almond and cherry trees dot the horizon and the wildflowers are in full bloom. Grab a bottle of wine from your latest Paso Robles Wine Club shipment (or one you’ve been saving for a special day), pack a picnic lunch and hit the road!

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