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Oh, wine. You’re the perfect beverage for enjoying a relaxing moment while out at the park on a picnic, spending the day at the beach, or taking a break on a hike. But you come in big, heavy glass bottles that aren’t very practical.
Let’s work on that, shall we? Great moments deserve to be celebrated with a great wine. Let’s lose the bottle, and while we’re at it, upgrade our on-the-go wine experience. I’ve got three tips for you – including a wine-themed mini pie recipe you’re going to love.
1. Upgrade Your Wine Transport Container
We’ve already debunked the myth that box wine is bad – bottle or box has no bearing on quality. I love Black Box wines and you’d be hard-pressed to know they came from a box. Box wine is so practical for picnics because it doubles as easy transport and make it easy for folks to fill their glasses right from the tap – don’t forget to recycle the box afterwards.
A box of wine too much? Try a tetrapack (shown in photo above) – Seriouseats calls them “mini boxes.” They contain 500ml of wine, which is about 4 glasses of wine, and it’s a perfect size for on-the-go enjoyment.
2. Upgrade Your Beverage Container
We know that the wine glass can make a difference, but nobody wants to drag their expensive crystal flutes out to the beach or on a weekend hike.
Govino is one of the most popular options out there for travel-friendly wine glasses – they’re small and made of malleable plastic, so if you drop them, they won’t break. They are a good size for a stemless wineglass and have a handy notch to help make it easier to hold them. The only downside is that you’re drinking out of plastic. In the photo above, you can see that our Govino glasses are out on a hike!
Goverre is a newcomer to the market and features a glass wine glass in a travel-friendly casing, with a lid (see image below). It recently launched on Kickstarter and I’m expecting my glasses here in just a couple of weeks. I think it will be a game changer!
3. Plan Your Perfect Pairings
Wine is meant to be enjoyed with food, and Plum Deluxe never leaves you short on wine pairing ideas – we have wine pairings for typical backyard and BBQ picnic foods as well as creative wine and chocolate pairings.
To ensure your wine experience is complete, once you’ve snacked on your cheeses, sampled your salads, and enjoyed the sandwiches, finish off your wine-on-the-go meal with our mini triple-berry pinot pies. What a fun treat to enjoy at the beach, mid-hike, or picnic! These pies are not hard to make and can be made in any size ramekin to ensure easy transport – since you’re making them into individual pies, you don’t have to worry about precision when forming your crust.
Triple-Berry Pinot Mini Pies
Yield: Depending on the size of your ramekin, you can get between 2 and 6 pies from this recipe.
NOTE: Before you make your pie, you’ll need to make or buy pie dough. We recommend doing it yourself – our pastry chef guide to the perfect pie crust makes it easy. Keep your pie dough cold until ready to use.
- 1 cup marionberries (or blackberries)
- 1 cup white raspberries
- 1 cup red raspberries
- 1 cup pinot noir (we used Black Box’s new California Pinot Noir)
- 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/8 cup water
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
In a large bowl, combine berries, pinot and 1/2 cup sugar; mix well. Set aside for an hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Strain off all the juice and transfer the juice into a saucepan, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar, and bring to a simmer, reduce by half.
In a separate glass, mix 1/8th cup water with 2 tablespoons cornstarch to make a slurry. Add to juice reduction and cook for 3-4 minutes, then add berry mixture to the pan.
Take your cold pie dough from the refrigerator. Roll out it out and cut into circles that will line your ramekins. Add combined mixture to pie forms and then (optional) cover with topping of pie dough. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
While always nice to enjoy a pie piping hot, these pies will set nicely when cool, making them easy to transport – and enjoy.
While recipe testing, we made these mini pies both covered and not-covered (sort of like an open-face pie). Of course, I prefer it with the topping because that means more pie crust to eat and they’re a little easier to eat that way, but you might like them open as then you can see all the amazing berries, making it more like a tartlet. Just be careful – the edges will be sticky.
Please enjoy your wine-on-the-go responsibly!
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