Weekend Picnic Pairings

The hills are green, flowers in bloom – not to mention it’s a 3-day weekend! Whether you’re escaping to the great outdoors or simply getting away on a day-trip, what better way to take in the beautiful scenery than with a good ol’ picnic? Add some fun company to a great destination, and prepare to turn a regular afternoon into a memorable one!

Selected Vineyards CHARDONNAY
With a little bit of prep-time, this Concannon family recipe will fare well with a group of friends on a Concannon Vineyard blanket with a bottle of chilled Chardonnay.

Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich
Serving size: 10 sandwiches
3 oz. Extra‐virgin olive oil
2 lbs. Boneless skinless chicken breasts
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 ½ c. Mayonnaise
½ c. Major Grey Chutney
1 tbsp. and 2 tsp. Curry powder
1 Lemon, juiced
1/2 c. Sliced almonds, toasted
1/4 c. Raisins
10 Croissants

Preheat oven to 400°F
Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium‐high heat until smoking. Sprinkle the chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper. Put chicken breasts in pan in a single layer and brown them for approximately 2 minutes on each side. Put the skillet in the oven and roast until the chicken is just cooked through, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.

Chop the cooled chicken and put into a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Slice croissants horizontally and spread with the curried chicken. Wrap in plastic wrap.

Selected Vineyards MERLOT
Throw some salami, Swiss or Muenster cheese and crackers together in a backpack with a bag of Bing cherries. Paired with Merlot, you have a quick-and-easy picnic favorite. Quick tip: Cut cheese beforehand so there’s no need to bring a knife or cutting board.

Is a traditional picnic with grilling more your thing? Try the Perfect Burger designed by Chef Bobby Flay. It’s a sure crowd-pleaser that goes excellently with Merlot.

Selected Vineyards PINOT NOIR
And for dessert…
Pinot Noir (or if you have any Merlot left over), pairs deliciously with chocolate-covered strawberries. Just don’t forget to put them on ice if you are traveling a little off the beaten path.

We hope you enjoy pairing our wine with some tasty food this Memorial Day weekend! Cheers!

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