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Celebrate Father’s Day with a DIY Picnic

Celebrate Father's Day with a glass of Sangria!

Celebrate Father’s Day with a glass of Sangria!

Invite your father to a do-it-yourself (DIY) Father’s Day Picnic. You can be as casual or elaborate as you like. It will undoubtedly be appreciated.

Step 1: Decide on the location for your Father’s Day Picnic
Is it better to plan the picnic at a park, on a walking trail, your father’s home or your own home? Consider where your father will be most comfortable and have the most fun. If it is a county, state or National Park, call ahead to see if alcohol is allowed. When planning to picnic at a winery, call and find out if bringing outside food in is okay. (If you plan to enjoy a glass of wine be sure to purchase it from the winery. By law wineries are not allowed to have another winery’s wine consumed on their property.)

Step 2: Select the time of day: Things to consider are the expected temperatures for the day, insect risks (mosquitoes seem to be most annoying towards evening.)

Step 3: Plan the picnic basket. Keep it light to make it easier to carry.

    Food suggestions:

  • Bite size carrots
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Celery sticks
  • Crackers
  • Cheese
  • Small sandwiches
  • Green salad
  • Pretzels
  • Fried chicken
  • Fruits (watermelon, cantaloupes, apples, peaches, plums
  • Wine or perhaps Sangria (one of our favorite Sangria recipes is below.)
  • Water
  • Juice

Step 4. What Else to Bring

  • Cork screw
  • A blanket or two
  • Insect spray
  • Trash bags
  • Napkins
  • Light weight plates
  • Wine glasses
  • A cooler with ice
  • Water glasses
  • Towels (for cleanup)

Savoy-Lee Sangria


1 bottle of Savoy-Lee Johnson Mountain Picnic Blush Wine or dry fruity rosé
1 lemon, cut into wedges
1 orange, cut into wedges
1 lime, cut into wedges
2 T sugar
1 small can of diced pineapple (with juice)
1 small container of sliced, sweetened frozen strawberries (thawed)
2-4 c of ginger ale (preference)


1. Pour Savoy-Lee Johnson Mountain Picnic Blush Wine in a pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon, orange and lime into the wine.
2. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds) and pineapple then add sugar.
3. Mix well.
4. Chill overnight.
5. Add strawberries and ginger ale just before serving.
6. Use fruit wedge or fresh strawberry for garnish..enjoy!

Makes approximately 10 – 12 glasses of Sangria.
NOTE: Do not double recipe – make individual batches.

Recipe provided by Savoy-Lee Winery & Vineyard, Virginia.



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