The Ultimate Picnic Basket

A Wine Country Chef’s Favorite Picnic Provisions

It’s no secret that good friends and great scenery are key components of a memorable wine country picnic. But the very best picnics hinge on perfect planning—from the location to the blanket of choice to top-notch ingredients. With the addition of a butler’s pantry that better connects winery guests with the chefs as they plate food, Executive Chef Todd Knoll decided that 2019 was the year to host Jordan’s first gourmet picnic event. He spent the last winter creating picnic provisions with Michelin-star quality. We’re delighted to share the components of Jordan’s ultimate picnic basket, deconstructed for easy replication at home.

Food & Drink

  • Lower-alcohol, higher acid wines (like Jordan Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon) that pair with diverse foods
  • Salumi from Journeyman Meat Co.
  • Wine-friendly cheeses, such as Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog, Bellwether Farms San Andreas and French Comté
  • Portable snacks, such as homemade mixed nuts and pickled vegetables
  • Fresh fruit
  • Citrus-marinated olives
  • Jordan Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Mineral water
  • Artisan baguette

Other Essentials

  • Peterboro Traditional Picnic Basket (pictured in honey)
  • Turkish linen blanket and Zero-Waste cutlery wraps with bamboo silverware from Etsy
  • Golden melamine plates and linen napkins from Sur La Table
  • Cutting board and knife
  • French mason jars with lids from the Container Store
  • Reusable wine glasses
  • Tray for placing glasses and plates on level ground
  • Corkscrew
  • Carafe for non-alcoholic beverages
  • Ziplocs (for storing leftovers)
  • Lawn games
  • Bug spray and sunscreen
  • Trashbag

Enjoy your own picnic basket this summer with the Picnic Day at Jordan in June or August.