I remember once several years ago I planned a Summer picnic and spent hours planning and preparing. Setting up little paper lanterns, making open faced flower shaped cucumber sandwiches, scouring thrift shops for perfectly mismatching china. Sure, it turned out lovely but I spent so much time stressing over it that I didn’t enjoy one single moment of it. I’d like to think that since that time I’ve somewhat mastered the art of a perfectly executed picnic.
The key is simplicity. Simplicity and good wine to be exact.
For this particular picnic I decided to head out to a new location I had recently heard about called Clayton beach. It’s a short hike to the beach and plenty of sandy shores and craggy lookouts to watch the waves roll in and the sun go down.
Now obvious disclaimer here, we all know all mountain scaling, cliff jumping, tree climbing adventures should not be performed in conjunction with your consumption of alcohol no matter how delicious. Palm Bay Sheep Thrills curates wines that pair well with adventure, but are best consumed during a wind down from all of the hustle and bustle of your thrill seeking activities.
A picnic is not a picnic without a crunchy baguette, sliced salami and a rich cheese. And as an ode to late Summer evenings I couldn’t help but bring some of my favorite stone fruits and berries. There’s something really right about dripping in the warm light of the setting sun, peach nectar running down your fingers, and lips swollen and pink from sipping smooth sweet wine.
When it comes to libations Palm Bay Sheep Thrills is an easy choice. Their Pinot Grigio is sweet and light, crisp but not overwhelming in its fruitiness. Not too dry, the perfect way to wet your whistle after a strenuous hike. Now, as for their Red Blend – I’m not normally much of a red wine person. I like my wine sweeter and smoother but this Red Blend was just this. It was the perfect pair to all the wonderfully ripe fruits we brought along.
It was truly a lovely evening, not only discovering a new local adventure spot that I am head over heels with but also experiencing the unique PNW sunset with the perfect picnic experience. Due to the recent BC fires, our Northern mountains have had thick smoke snaking their ways through their crags and valleys. And while we all know how devastating these fires are and my heart goes out to those whose lives are hindered and affected by these fires – they sure do make for some brilliantly burning red sunsets. They’re unlike any other that I’ve seen and being able to experience that, sitting on the edge of a coastal cliff, sipping sweet wine and breaking into a perfectly crusty baguette was pure bliss.
So what do you think – simple picnics or complex perfectly planned ones?