A Perfect Champagne Picnic for Two

A Perfect Champagne Picnic for Two

Now that it’s summertime, it’s the perfect time for a romantic picnic for you and your partner. A clear sky, a comfy (and pretty) blanket, and a basket of goodies for two should set the scene.

Be sure to have some delectable delights in your basket. Some brie and grapes or strawberries is always romantic, as well as nuts and caviar, if you have a taste for it. Sushi works well for fish lovers (fish is said to be an aphrodisiac!), and anything dipped in chocolate is sure to please. If nothing else, stick with simple sandwiches—either homemade or store-bought.

For a little ambiance, you may want to bring candles or an iPod with speakers, but why ruin what nature already provides? Chances are the natural scenery and auditory magic will be more than enough for your date.

But what about the champagne? Which kind is the most romantic—the best picnic champagne? Below are a few ideas to help make your date unforgettable.

If money is no object, there’s always a classic Dom Pérignon at about $400. But a fruity bottle of Francois Hemart Brut Grand Cru, at $80, is sure to impress.

If you are on a budget, Bollinger's Special Cuvée is a classic brut to go with, and is usually about $30. Some other brut choices that are under $30 include Piper-Heidsieck, Domaine Carneros, Tarlant and Lucien Albrecht.

For those with $15 or less to spend, don’t fret—you can still buy a good bottle of champagne for your special day. A bottle of Domaine Chandon from Napa Valley can run about $15, and a Domaine Ste.-Michelle costs about $12.

Not into spirits? There are plenty of other sparkling beverages available on the market, including sweet sparkling red and white grape juices that taste just as delicious.

Remember, no matter what you serve or drink, the company is what matters most!