We've been busy soaking up the last weekends of summer and have been trying to check all our summer bucket list items off the list. Last Sunday we checked off one of the big ones and went to the Burlingame Music in the Park at Washington Park.
We go on a lot of picnics with my mom and sister, but just for fun I wanted to make this one a little more special, so I prepped a simple wine and cheese party to make the day a bit more elegant.
Sunday morning I pulled together all of the things we needed to execute an elegant picnic feel. By just changing out a few of the regular items I would usually bring along for some other things that are a little nicer made a HUGE difference. Key players in this were real serving utensils instead of plastic ones, a cheese board, pretty party napkins, coordinating containers and wine in stemless glasses.
For the wine I picked up a few packs of the new Single-Serve Stacked Wines from Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi. Each 4-pack comes with four individual, stemless wine glasses of wine. The glasses are plastic too, so they are perfect for a pool party, a picnic, the beach, a tailgating party -- pretty much anywhere you'd like to have a nice glass of wine on-the-go.
I loved using these 4-ounce mason jars to hold all of the little extras that went along with our cheese board. They held artisanal olives, almonds and honey. They display nicely and all you have to do is open the jars up and set them on the board.
The picnic was also the perfect excuse to make one of my favorite appetizers -- Goat Cheese Balls! What I love about these is that you can personalize them to fit your taste or theme. Chardonnay goes so well with goat cheese too, so it was a perfect match to go with our Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay. You can get the directions down below!
Mini Goat Cheese Balls
- 1 10.5 ounce log of goat cheese
- assorted chopped toppings: green onions, dried cranberries, nuts, sesame seeds, fresh herbs
- pretzel sticks
2. Once you've formed all the balls start covering them by rolling them gently through the toppings.
3. You can either serve them right away, or store them in an air tight container in your refrigerator until you need them.
4. When serving, stick a pretzel stick into each ball to serve as a serving vehicle and cracker!
It was so easy to throw everything together and make it elegant at the same time. And having our wine in the stemless glasses was the perfect touch without having to sacrifice quality for our wine and cheese party on-the-go! Stacked Wines are also available from Mark West and Simi wines as well.
Our friends and family loved the wines and cheese spreads and we all had a lovely time enjoying the music and the beautiful summer weather!
Oh, and if you're like my husband, and aren't really into white wine, Stacked Wines from Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi is also available in Cabernet Sauvignon!
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