What could be better on a warm summer afternoon than a picnic? How about a picnic next to a winery? In our experience, this is just about the best way to kick off a day of wine tasting in the whole world. As you might expect, we have some ideas to share on good places for just such a picnic.
Our most recent picnic was on the newly-landscaped grounds of Darcie Kent. There are some nice picnic tables with a bit of shade if you want or sun if that’s what you like. As always, the Darcie Kent people were friendly and helpful, even to the point of bringing our bottle of wine out to our table and checking on us periodically to be sure that our every need was met. If you haven’t picniced there, you must give it a try!
Many a birthday-inspired wine tasting afternoon started with a picnic at Deer Ridge, now Las Positas Vineyards. They have two nice areas for picnics, so there’s rarely a problem getting a table. The views are amazing, too!
Another favorite spot for pre-tasting picnics or just a quick nosh is Ruby Hill. If you didn’t bring your own food, no problem! They have a nice assortment of deli meats, cheeses and breadsticks to round out a royal repast. They have two outdoor areas with tables that have wind breaks and ready access to wine!
A newcomer to our picnic tour is Tenuta Vineyards. A bit off the beaten path, they have some great tables out front. And never fear, the friendly staff will be sure that your wine experience is amazing. This is a spot that is well worth the drive. You won’t regret it, picnic or not.
At the lonely end of Greenville Road and ready to picnic? El Sol Winery has some nice tables behind a wind break. You can take in the rolling hills, wonder about all those catamarans, and have a nice snack while sipping on Hal’s amazing vintages.
These are just of few of our favorites. Did we miss a favorite of yours? Please leave us a comment and correct the oversight! See you at the next picnic.
About the Author: John grills a mean steak and is always in the market for another wine fridge. Believes that if a winery has more than 10 employees, it's probably too big. Buys wine faster than he drinks it, but who cares?