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Socialising safely — Wine suggestions for your next picnic

Published:Thursday | November 4, 2021 | 6:10 AM
Planning a picnic? Harbour Wines and Spirits recommend the Roscato Rosso Dolce and the Roscato Rosé Dolce.
Planning a picnic? Harbour Wines and Spirits recommend the Roscato Rosso Dolce and the Roscato Rosé Dolce.

Slowly, but surely, our lives have moved back to a sense of normality. While we still have to keep safety practices at the front of our minds, there are some ways we can settle back into our old routines.

If there is one thing the pandemic has taught us, it's to savour each day. Take time to go outside, enjoy the weather and call on your friends you haven't seen in a while to catch up. There are tons of ways you can enjoy this time, but a picnic is one highly underrated activity. It has all the parts for a safe, fun event during these uncertain times.


Outdoors has been deemed one of the safest environments to socialise in during the pandemic. A picnic offers an intimate setting, including both food and friends. Once you've chosen your location and your select few to enjoy this picnic with, the next step is the menu.

Your usual menu may begin with a selection of food first. However, Harbour Wines and Spirits would argue that the beverages you provide should guide the rest of your cuisine. Take wine brand Roscato, for example. This brand is created from high-quality red grapes hailing from Northern Italy with centuries' worth of crafting experience. These wines are perfect for any small intimate gathering, and a picnic is no exception.

Are you a fan of sweet wines? Or are you keen to enjoy a soft and silky wine? Do you enjoy a bit of bubbles? Whichever your palate is most drawn to, there is a perfect complement to your meal. Harbour Wines and Spirits recommend the Roscato Rosso Dolce and the Roscato Rosé Dolce as the ultimate additions to your menu.


Sweet wine Roscato Rosso Dolce acts as a perfect aperitif for your meals. This wine entices the taste buds with intense aromas of blackberries and ripe wild berries mixed into a delicious sweet red blend. An additional touch of sparkle provides a seamless balance to counteract the sweet flavour. The taste can be described as fresh, lively and frizzante with a soft lingering finish.

This brilliant ruby red wine is to be served chilled with your choice of food. Italian dishes, including those with tomato-based sauces, as well as spicy foods, are just a few delicious pairings for the Roscato Rosso Dolce. You may even enjoy it with your favourite dessert! Its low alcohol content of 7 per cent also makes it the perfect addition to a relaxed daytime event.


Much like the Rosso Dolce, the Roscato Rosé Dolce is a wonderful aperitif and incredibly food-friendly. A bright rose colour with ruby red reflections, the Roscato Rosé Dolce serves delicate aromas of red berries and cotton candy. With creamy white foam and persistent bubbles, this wine is lusciously sweet yet refreshing. You'll experience a taste of primary red flavours with a lingering finish. It is best enjoyed with white meats as well as classic Italian dishes and spicy foods. Its 8 per cent alcohol content permits you to unwind in any guilt-free and calm environment.