6 Picnic Essentials

For an over-the-top outdoor feast, stock up on these special provisions.


The Infinite Monkey Theorem Rosé Can 4-Pack


From a Denver-based winery that breaks all of the rules (like growing grapes in Colorado!), this crisp, berry-forward rose comes conveniently packaged in cans but, happily, lacks any metallic flavor. It’s ideal for picnics because no glasses—or corkscrew—are required.

To buy: $15 for four 250 ml cans, theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com.

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L’Amuse 2-Year Gouda


This rich yellow block of cheese is firm, flaky, and full of crystals—just how we like our Gouda. It’s easy to pack and transport because it holds its shape, won’t stink up your other food, and is full of nutty, butterscotch flavors that will pair with both sweet or savory accompaniments.

To buy: $17 for one ½-pound wedge of cheese, bklynlarder.com.

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Belcampo by Mario Batali: Traditional Salami


When a master chef sets out to make charcuterie, you know it’s going to be a home run. This pick uses free-range, organic heritage pork from California. The result is a savory, juicy salami enriched by red wine, black pepper, and garlic.

To buy: $35 for two ½-pound packages, belcampo.com.

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Rosemary and Lemon Bespoke Crackers


These sturdy crackers, made from rolled oats, are long and elegant looking—and, when you’re really hungry, can accommodate almost as many pieces of cheese as a slice of bread.

To buy: $8.25 for one 6-ounce bag, mouth.com.

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Marcia's Munchies Little Hotties


These paper-thin bread and butter pickles are the perfect combination of sweet, spicy, and sour—and so delicate, they won’t soak through a cracker.

To buy: $10 for one 16-ounce jar, marciasmunchiesusa.com.

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Mustard and Co. Classic Brown


This just might be the most flavorful mustard you’ll ever taste. Made from organic mustard seed, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and Jacobsen Salt Co. sea salt, it’s ideal for smearing on a sausage or cheese sandwiches.

To buy: $5 for one 2.2-ounce jar, mustardandco.com.

Also check out our roundup of portable picnic accessories.

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