Picnic Pours


In the basket: Homestyle fried chicken with red potato salad in a scallion-Dijon vinaigrette
In the bottle: Andis 2009 Barbera, Amador County ($24)
Beth’s notes: “A great food-friendly red that’s lush enough to balance the vinaigrette and still complement the fried chicken, with flavors of bramble fruit and pepper.”


In the basket: Vietnamese rice noodle and chicken salad with julienned vegetables, toasted peanuts, mint, cilantro and sweet chili-lime vinaigrette
In the bottle: Holly’s Hill 2009 Grenache Rosé, El Dorado ($17)
Beth’s notes: “Floral with a blast of sweet citrus to put out the fire of the chili sauce. This ruby-hued blush wine has a lot more character than most.”


In the basket: Smoked-salmon chef’s salad with cherry tomatoes, roasted sweet peppers, cucumbers and lemon dressing
In the bottle: Terre Rouge 2009 Grenache Blanc, Sierra Foothills ($20)
Beth’s notes: “A versatile white wine that’s a picnic favorite. Refreshing and bright, with a tangy tropical juiciness that’s the perfect foil for the slightly smoky, salty salmon.”


In the basket: Grilled eggplant Parmesan panini with fresh mozzarella, sun-dried tomato aïoli and basil leaves
In the bottle: Vino Noceto 2008 Tutti i Giorni Nutz! Sangiovese Blend, Amador County ($12)
Beth’s notes: “A fruit-filled light and fun red that is good lightly chilled, with cranberry-raspberry tones and a playful disposition.”