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ne of the many joys of
Champagne is that it adds
glamour to every picnic.
As long as you have a
capacious chiller box for
keeping it cool, then the
event is made. A blast of sunshine helps,
but isn't compulsory, there's no need for
folding furniture and linen tablecloths, and
candelabra are denitely best left at home.
Do take real wine glasses, if you possibly
can - or Duralex tumblers if you must;
Champagne just shouldn't be seen with
plastic. And think about taking a magnum -
Champagne always tastes better that way.
Simple sip: non-vintage
For the simplest of picnics there's no need
to shop or cook. A round of sh and chips for hampers
is the perfect match for a non-vintage
(NV). If Salon can hold a launch in a posh
Notting Hill chippy, then take its lead. Hold
back on the vinegar though. Bold vinegars
kill Champagne, and the wine's own
acidity and cool bubbles will do the work,
cutting through the richness of that lovely,
indulgent batter and the chunky chips.
NV is also the choice for NC (no-cook) NP
(no-preparation) picnics. It makes a feast
out of a bag of cashew nuts, which bring
out the buttery low notes of the wine.
Along the same lines, a pack of crunchy
dukkah with good crusty bread and olive
oil for dipping is an easy option. The
spicing highlights the ginger and cumin
back notes in the Champagne.
Salads also work well with NV, so long
as the vinaigrette
is delicate. Think
about asparagus and
avocado or rocket
There are picnics… and there are picnics with Champagne.
Whatever the menu, add a special touch of luxe to your
al fresco dining with a well-chosen bottle of �zz
WORDS SARAH JANE EVANS MW PHOTOS STEPHEN LENTHALL STYLING MEG GEORGESON
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