A Picnic in the Park

Richmond Park


On Saturday, in the spirit of summer, we went up to Richmond Park and had a in our own local Royal Park. Picnics are perfect for pasta salads and we prepared a pesto, olive oil, Greek feta and tri-colour fussily salad garnished with roast pine-nuts and fresh chopped basil. Picnics should be cheap and simple, and perhaps the most important factor to take into consideration is the wine. White wine would be my preferred choice for such an occasion, and on Saturday we treated ourselves to Boschendal 2006 Sauvignon Blanc ($10), Ogio Pinot Grigio ($6) and Leopard’s Leap Lookout White ($8).

Leopards LeapTo my mind, Leopard’s Leap won the day, for a couple reasons. First off, this wine is amazingly priced and when one is splitting costs amongst friends it’s always nice to keep things simple. Graphically, they’ve pulled off playing on South Africa’s wildlife heritage without creating a critter, and instead have created an attractive brand. Third, the varietals choice makes use of what South Africa is abundant in and does well – chenin blanc, chardonnay and columbard, promoting the real essence of the Cape. And lastly, the wine is exceptionally pleasant, and is refreshing, clean, uncomplicated and elegant with fresh lime flavours on the entry and subtle hints of honey and melon on the finish. One could easily entertain a host of friends for an afternoon in the sun, and have Leopard’s Leap Lookout White keeping everyone very satisfied throughout the day.

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  • http://www.mrbesilly.com Mr. Besilly

    I will have to give this one a splash especially at that price. I have only recently become a fan of the lighter whites out there. I typically end up in Chardonnay if not induging in the heavier reds. You make a vey appealing setting for this one as summer approaches here in the great northwest. Nice work.

  • http://www.mrbesilly.com Mr. Besilly

    I will have to give this one a splash especially at that price. I have only recently become a fan of the lighter whites out there. I typically end up in Chardonnay if not induging in the heavier reds. You make a vey appealing setting for this one as summer approaches here in the great northwest. Nice work.

  • Kelly

    I’ve been looking for a case of the Ogio Pinot Grigio and don’t know how to get my hands on it in the US. Do you have any suggestions? I saw that you enjoyed (do I assume?) a bottle last week. Any insight would be great!

  • Kelly

    I’ve been looking for a case of the Ogio Pinot Grigio and don’t know how to get my hands on it in the US. Do you have any suggestions? I saw that you enjoyed (do I assume?) a bottle last week. Any insight would be great!

  • http://RuarriRogan.com Ruarri

    Kelly,

    I couldn’t find Ogio on Cellartracker or Wine Searcher. I purchased the wine in the United Kingdom – as I’m over here for a little while. Having had a look around I don’t think it is in the US at all. Its not an exceptional wine by any standards – its really well priced though, especially if you’re fitting the bill for 5 or 6 friends.

    Ruarri

  • http://RuarriRogan.com Ruarri

    Kelly,

    I couldn’t find Ogio on Cellartracker or Wine Searcher. I purchased the wine in the United Kingdom – as I’m over here for a little while. Having had a look around I don’t think it is in the US at all. Its not an exceptional wine by any standards – its really well priced though, especially if you’re fitting the bill for 5 or 6 friends.

    Ruarri

  • JMS

    Hi Ruarri & Kelly,

    I’m the winemaker for the Ogio Brand (Pinot Grigio – Primitivo & Primitivo rose). You can find the PG and the Primitivo in the U.S.A in the new Tesco stores named ‘Fresh and Easy’. In the U.K its only available in Tesco stores.

    Ruarri, I’ll try up my my game on the next vintage. Its a difficult balancing act to get the value in the product right where both price and product over-deliver.

    Happy drinking!

    JMS

  • JMS

    Hi Ruarri & Kelly,

    I’m the winemaker for the Ogio Brand (Pinot Grigio – Primitivo & Primitivo rose). You can find the PG and the Primitivo in the U.S.A in the new Tesco stores named ‘Fresh and Easy’. In the U.K its only available in Tesco stores.

    Ruarri, I’ll try up my my game on the next vintage. Its a difficult balancing act to get the value in the product right where both price and product over-deliver.

    Happy drinking!

    JMS

  • http://tastevine.com Ruarri

    JMS – its not too often wine-makers drop by, thanks for the comments and please send us a sample of the next vintage of Ogio Pinot Grigio as well as the Ogio Primitivo so we can review it.

    Cheers,

    Ruarri

  • http://tastevine.com Ruarri

    JMS – its not too often wine-makers drop by, thanks for the comments and please send us a sample of the next vintage of Ogio Pinot Grigio as well as the Ogio Primitivo so we can review it.

    Cheers,

    Ruarri

  • Gemma

    can i just say that i hate wine!!! but i have fallen in love with Ogio! I can drink it by the bottle. I looooove it 🙂 shame it’s only available in Tesco. At £9 a bottle it is only a treat for me 🙁

  • Gemma

    can i just say that i hate wine!!! but i have fallen in love with Ogio! I can drink it by the bottle. I looooove it 🙂 shame it’s only available in Tesco. At £9 a bottle it is only a treat for me 🙁

  • martina

    Fun and excitement is the name of the game when you go on picnics. On the current economic status, saving money is a thing every family would like to do. Picnics are one way to help you save a little bit of money while having fun.. What�s so great about a picnic is that children typically like them just as much as adults. Hey, grab your picnic baskets and enjoy.

  • martina

    Fun and excitement is the name of the game when you go on picnics. On the current economic status, saving money is a thing every family would like to do. Picnics are one way to help you save a little bit of money while having fun.. What�s so great about a picnic is that children typically like them just as much as adults. Hey, grab your picnic baskets and enjoy.

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