We’re celebrating the early beginnings of Fall with an afternoon picnic, complete with cheese, veggies, and, of course, lots of wine. We partnered up with wine and lifestyle blogger Kristen Dussel of Wine Country Chick to teach us how to pack the perfect picnic basket for our favorite warm autumn afternoon activity.

There’s no better Fall activity than a picnic. I mean, what could be better than wine, food, and friends in a beautiful outdoor setting? Here are some of my picnic essentials for making sure you don’t show up unprepared for your next outdoor get together with your friends.

Wine, wine, wine

Of course, the first thing I think of when packing for a picnic is bringing along a couple bottles of wine. Since everyone has different preferences, it’s always good to bring a couple options. We had a Robert Hall Viognier, Dutcher Crossing Sauvignon Blanc, and Macrostie Pinot Noir to pair with our meats, cheeses, vegetables, and fruit.

Coravin Wine Preservation System

Do you ever wish you could pour just one glass of wine without pulling the cork? If you’re anything like me, the Coravin Wine Preservation System may be your new favorite wine gadget. I’m using the brand-new Model Two Elite in Midnight Blue for my picnic, a Williams Sonoma exclusive that is now available for purchase! For this picnic, we started with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc with our vegetables but moved to a Pinot Noir to pair with our nutty cheese. With the Coravin, we could try multiple wines to complement the different foods we had in our picnic and still throw the bottles back in our picnic basket without the mess.

Cheese and Veggie Tray

Cheese and charcuterie boards are always a crowd-pleaser. The key to a good cheese and meat tray is going for variety. We included cheddar, brie, gruyere, and manchego for cheese and prosciutto, salami, and soppressata for cured meats. For the perfect contrast, bring fresh fruit, jam or preserves, and nuts. And lastly, don’t forget to pack crackers or a loaf of bread for mixing and matching all the cheese and meat goodness on your tray.

Picnic Basket

Don’t forget a picnic basket that packs all the essentials in tight to make it easy to pack up and go. Look for a basket that includes small plates, napkins, silverware, and a blanket so all of your necessities are in one place (fewer things to worry about!)

Feeling inspired to host your very own wine-soaked picnic? Shop all of the Coravin models to find the best one for you. The Coravin Model Two Elite Pro in Midnight Blue is now available for purchase exclusively at Williams Sonoma.