While the weather decides what it wants to do today, I have figured out what I feel like drinking with our picnic later – Beaujolais. Beaujolais made from the gamay grape comes in many different iterations, all of which would work with picnic fare. Beaujolais Nouveau is considered by many to be less than a stellar wine but I think it has a definite place at the picnic table as well. Fresh and friendly it is a wine that works well early in the day with a summer meal. Of course, the Beaujolais village wines are the more prestigious and the ones that can pair better with many of the aromas and flavors that grace any Barbecue worth it’s name. I particularly like Chiroubles but each one of the 10 cru Beaujolais has characteristics that make them great wines. Check out this guide to the Beaujolais crus by the Flatiron wine shop.
It is likely that your local wineshop will have at least one of the wines made by Louis Jadot. They are wonderful wines and almost always a sure bet to bring to a party as well.
A group that promotes Beaujolais is known Les Campagnons Du Beaujolais Summer has arrived and I intend to add Beaujolais Crus to my summer wine list. They are also easy on the wallet, always a joy.