We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be back at Dîner En Blanc NYC for the second year in a row! For those not in the know, Dîner En Blanc is the world’s largest and arguably most mysterious, members only pop-up dining experience. Hosted in cities across the globe, thousands of diners dressed in white descend on a public location to dine, dance then dash.
For this year’s New York City event, to be held on Monday, August 25th, we’ll be providing a selection of red, white and rosé Bordeaux wines for diners to pair with their picnic baskets. Bordeaux is an easy and obvious choice when it comes to pairing picnic staples like cheese, charcuterie, pasta salads and sandwiches.
Whether you’re attending or want to host a Dîner En Blanc of your own, here’s our step by step guide on how to get your picnic game on point.
Tables and Chairs
Diners are required to bring their own tables and chairs to the event. Dîner En Blanc organizers offer a few suggestions on where to rent or buy here. But, we recommend this bistro table and chair set from Amazon that fits the mood and feel of the evening. Add to that a white linen table cloth that will really elevate your set up!
Get creative! Flowers, candles, led lights. Check out our Dîner En Blanc Pinterest Board for inspiration.
Scrambling to find your best all white ensemble? Our advice is to accessorize. For example, simple white t-shirt and jeans can be done up with a white feather boa, floppy hat, or even a pair of white wayfarers.
This year, we’ve selected two dry whites, one rosé and one red from our arsenal of wines to pair with your picnic fare. Find these wines or ask for something similar at your local wine store.
La Fleur d’Amélie, Bordeaux AOC 2011 – Dry White - 30% Sémillon, 70% Sauvignon Blanc
Tasting Notes: Passion fruit, herbs, complex, rich, grassy.
Château de Cérons, Graves 2013 – Dry White – 45% Sauvignon Blanc, 45% Sémillon, 10% Sauvignon Gris
Tasting Notes: Vaguely tropical flavors of mango with hint of lemongrass, appealing round texture.
Les Hauts de Smith, Bordeaux 2013 – Rosé - 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Merlot
Tasting Notes: Elegant floral aromas on the nose. On the palate, the wine is fresh and lingering with notes of grapefruit and complex flowers
Clos Magne Figeac, Saint-Emilion 2010 - Red - 78% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc
Tasting Notes: Elegant, black currant, rich, concentrated, youthful, oakey.
The beauty of the wines we’ve curated for Dîner En Blanc are that they are versatile and easy drinking enough to pair with just about anything in your picnic basket.
We suggest starting with an array of cheeses from soft and creamy to hard and buttery. The Graves white will pair beautifully with a hard and round cheese, while our Merlot blend will work well with a stinky blue. Of course, don’t forget a nice French baguette to go along with your fromage!
Pasta salads are a nice and easy dish for al fresco dining and should pair wonderfully with the rosé on offer. Bon Appetit offers some great advice on how to do a cold pasta salad right.
We’re a big supporter of dips and spreads. Check out Food & Wine’s Top 10 Picnic recipes for more details on the mouthwatering olive tapenade pictured above.
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