June 27th , 2017Picnic PairingsThe days are getting longer, nights are getting warmer and the thermostat is quickly rising. These are the telltale signs that summer is here! The perfect picnic calls for more than just beautiful weather, you need great friends, delicious food and above all – great wine! We have put together a summer menu you can easily pair with our wine to make for an unforgettable picnic with friends. Sauvignon Blanc:The fresh acidity and subtle toasty finish of our Sauvignon Blanc will pair nicely with hummus & bell peppers, rosemary crackers & goat cheese or even artichoke & spinach dip. Syrah Rosé:Our Rosé bursts with flavors of fresh strawberries, plum and mixed berry. Pair it with a rosemary flatbread with blue cheese, grapes & honey, bruschetta with tomato & basil or balsamic watermelon feta salad for unique a summer experience. Pinot Noir:Maybe you’re feeling like your picnic needs an elegant spin. Try our Pinot Noir from Las Brisas Vineyard in Carneros, beautifully balanced with supple flavors makes this wine very versatile with most food. Make wild mushroom and burrata bruschetta for an appetizer, grilled chicken for the main course and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. Your guests (and your palate) will thank you! Chardonnay:Last but not least, our Chardonnay. Tropical fruit flavors and french oak come together beautifully into a rich, creamy and complex chardonnay. The lively acidity will pair well alongside crabcakes with horseradish cream, grilled marinated shrimp or a simple pita chips & hummus combination. Whether you are laying out the checkered table cloth or going with a more elegant seated affair, there is definitely a wine that will pair perfectly. If throwing your own picnic isn’t your thing, plan one at Whitehall Lane. We have a beautiful and secluded Tuscan inspired garden nestled in our estate vineyard that can be reserved for picnics.