Summer Picnic Hamper Picks
Summer Picnic Hamper Picks
Wherever you are in the world, what could be more fun on a breezy summer day than finding a secluded and shady spot in the park or on the beach to enjoy a good book, some sumptuous bites and a cool, refreshing drink? Ta-dah! Here are our summer picnic favourites from hampers to provisions for that perfect gourmet alfresco adventure. Just add appetite! Joanna Wood’s Luxury Gordon Picnic Basket
This sturdy willow and leather hamper encapsulates all you need to cater for a four-person jolly in the great outdoors, with practical picnic must-haves such as china plates, wine glasses, stainless steel cutlery, a waterproof and pure wool picnic rug, the all-important wine-cooler and even dainty salt and pepper shakers, among other items. From Joanna Wood’s chic Pimlico store, this quintessentially English hamper will take your picnic from oblique to unique. Tally-ho!
£285 / http://www.joannawood.co.uk Frescobaldi’s Paté di Porcini e Tartufo
There’s neither an easier nor quicker way to enliven a piece of crunchy warm bread than with a flavour-packing paté, and top of our list is Frescobaldi’s porcini mushroom and truffle paté, infused with laurel and cloves, the soft porcini make the perfect backdrop to the earthy truffle. Even better with a juicy hunk of fresh buffalo mozzarella.
£16.95 / http://www.harrods.com Plateau Provence Cheese Board
Take a fromager tour through the départements of sunny Provence with a cheese board hand-picked by expert Frenchies. The selection includes uncooked, unpressed Banon à La Feuille goat’s cheese wrapped in chestnut leaves; the lightly-smoked Tome de Provence with hints of thyme; Tomme de Belloc crafted from ewe’s milk by affineur monks in the Pyrénées; and the semi-matured Tome à l'Huile goat’s cheese infused with olive oil and rolled in spices. Crusty bread and a verre du vin at the ready!
€44 / http://www.fromages.com Forbes Exceptional Wines of 2013
Discerning wine experts at Forbes have wasted no time in listing fabulous and affordable wines that are ready to be drunk this year, so we have selected a red and a white from their top thirteen... Breggo’s small-production 2011 Pinot Noir from California's Anderson Valley is bursting with dark cherry and subtle notes of caraway and sweet toast, while the supple tannins make this red wine a great accompaniment to Frescobaldi’s truffle paté ($60 / http://www.breggo.com
Or for a refreshing white, try Chilean Ritual’s New Zealand-styled sauvignon blanc with notions of popcorn, grapefruit and spring flowers, this round and ripe white makes the perfect partner to a goat’s cheese plate ($19.99 / http://www.ritualwines.com
). Charbonnel et Walker Sea Salt Caramel Truffles
A positively glorious way to top off a day of indulgent fun in the sun, these handcrafted sea salt and caramel truffles from London-based artisan Charbonnel et Walker are poured into creamy milk chocolate casings and lightly dusted in icing sugar. Melt-in-the-mouth divine!
£12.50 / http://www.charbonnel.co.uk Ltd Edition DVF Loves Evian Water
Keeping hydrated is a must during the sweltering summer months, but rather than grabbing the nearest plastic bottle, why not opt for the recyclable and oh-so-stylish Evian limited edition glass bottle?
Following in the footsteps of Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, and Paul Smith, New York’s first lady of fashion Diane Von Furstenberg has scrawled her own musings on love, life and water on this pretty 750ml bottle containing only naturally-filtered water from the Northern Alps.
$7.99 per bottle, $49.99 per case of 12 / http://www.aquamaestro.com