It’s picnic season! Food and drinks just somehow seem to taste better while looking out at nature with the sun warming your skin and a light summery breeze blowing by. So, dust off your checkered blankets, take advantage of the warm weather and head out on an outdoor eating adventure.
Looking for the perfect summery gift for a wedding, birthday, or just because? Here’s a round-up of our most picnic-worthy wines and gourmet gifts to kick off this momentous season right! Bookmark this post just in case you have an impromptu event to attend, because with GiftTree’s fast shipping, most gifts arrive within just 1-2 days.
P.S. Scroll to the bottom for one of my favorite picnic recipes!
An accessory that offers years of future use, this three-bottle wine tote is one of the most unique and beautiful ways to give the gift of wine. Tote arrives with your choice of premium wine trio, and features a detachable shoulder strap, inner partition to ensure safe transport, and a collection of sturdy wine tools. Whoever shows up with this wine tote is sure to be the most popular guest at the picnic!
An elegant keepsake woven bamboo hamper with hand-stitched leather trim arrives packed to the brim with a full-bodied red blend and a golden chardonnay, paired with gourmet sweets and savory snacks, creating an idyllic countryside picnic! All that’s needed is a large blanket, and a couple of people to share this basket with.
A cute woven basket contain luscious Almond Roca, cream caramels and perfectly crisp almond biscotti. Set the gold standard and host a gourmand’s ideal picnic with this one of a kind golden gift!
Premium pears, fresh apples and juicy oranges are picked fresh from the orchard for this picnic-style hamper, and paired with gourmet chocolates, truffles, cookies and candies for a truly sweet celebration. Elevate your gift with a bottle of crisp, sparkling apple cider!
Make a truly grand impression with our largest gourmet gift basket filled with unique sweet and savory delicacies. One of our most abundant gourmet baskets, this woven seagrass picnic basket holds premium chocolates, fresh nuts, gourmet coffee, savory snacks, sweet confections, and so much more.
Send along the best with this deluxe acacia wood board inlaid with slate, and gourmet delights from around the world. Carefully-aged Cantalet Dore, Sottocenere, and Petit Basque cheeses complement the heritage flavors of Jamon Iberico de Bellota and Toscano Fennel Pollen Salami. This gift arrives in a handsome insulated tote that makes for a lasting picnic-ready keepsake.
Picnic Recipe: Muffaletta Sandwiches
Picnic treats need to be sturdy, portable, not too messy, and of course pair well with wine! One of my favorites to bring along is a classic sandwich from New Orleans – the Muffaletta. The tangy and rich ingredients are just begging to be paired with a light, crisp and chilled summer wine, and it’s pressed so that it holds together well enough to be eaten one handed, leaving your other hand to hold that glass of Rosé. Here’s how to make it, courtesy of SeriousEats.com:
- 3/4 cup pitted mixed oil-packed olives
- 1 tablespoon capers
- 1/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers
- 2 tablespoons parsley leaves
- 1/2 cup giardiniera (Italian-style pickled vegetable salad)
- 1 medium garlic clove, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 large muffuletta-style roll (ciabatta or focaccia also work well)
- 1/3 pound each thinly sliced sweet soppressata, mortadella, capicola, and provolone cheese
Combine olives, capers, peppers, parsley, giardiniera, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to chop until no pieces larger than 1/2-inch remain. Transfer to a bowl. Add vinegar and olive oil and stir to combine. For best results, let olive salad rest overnight before continuing to step 2.
Split muffuletta roll in half and spread each cut surface generously with olive salad, making sure to include the juices when spreading. Layer half of soppressata on bottom half of bun, followed by half of mortadella, half of capicola, and half of provolone. Repeat layers with remaining meat and cheese. Close sandwiches and press down gently to compress. For best flavor, wrap tightly in paper or plastic and let rest for 1 hour before serving. Cut into triangular wedges to serve.
Comment Below: What’s your perfect picnic? Are you a casual cheese and a baguette type of picnicker, or do you like to make it more of an upscale affair? Let us know!