July is National Picnic Month and a wine to-go seems the way to go as we head outside with blankets, baskets of food and best buds in tow to soak up the summer sun.
Stack Wine offers an interesting option for vino to go. Each “bottle” of wine is made up of four individually stacked glasses, each holding a single serving. Wines in the "stack" include Cabernet, Chardonnay, Red Blend, and Pinot Grigio. Check for a store near you.
Wine in a pouch is another easy way to transport your favorite beverage to the park. Eco-Vino is an economical, and green, way to enjoy the Helibiker red table wine or a chilled Chardonnay on a hot day. Sold at select Trader Joe’s.
Borrowing from the beer industry just made sense and now wine in a can is another option for a picnic vino. Union Wine Company offers Underwood Wine in a 375 ml can, about half a bottle, available in Rose, Pinot Noir and Pinto Gris.
Juice comes in a carton, so why not wine? Bota Box wine is in a 500ml carton, which is the equivalent of three glasses. Select from 12 wines including Cabernet, Malbec, Merlot, Old Vine Zin, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Pinot Grig, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Moscato and Redvolution, a red blend. The cartons (and boxes) are available at various wine shops and liquor stores around the country.
I know, boxed wine is so '70s. But wait, Black Box is not your daddy’s vino. These wines have won over 40 gold medals and 27 Wine Enthusiast Best Buys. Available in Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Pinto Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Red Elegance, one 3 liter box contains four bottles of wine that will last for at least four weeks after opening.Look for them at your local grocers.
With the Fourth coming up, and plenty of burgers and potato salad on the menu, grab a wine that’s perfect for a picnic, and enjoy the fireworks this weekend!