STUDIO CITY (KCAL9) — Don’t know what food and wine to bring to a picnic?

Richard Betts, Master Sommelier and Diner en Blanc and Giles Amsallem, local host for LA’s Diner en Blanc, stopped by KCAL9 Friday to share wine and cheese pairings perfect for a party!

Diner en Blanc, the Parisian pop –up picnic, is an all-white dinner, where guests bring their own tables and silverware and meet at a secret location to enjoy an all-white dinner.  

  • Bordeaux is an accessible and affordable way to bring a French flair to picnics or party tables.
  • Brie and Apricot preserve with a Sauvignon Blanc. The creamy/sweet combination of the apricot preserve and brie will help the flavors linger on the palate much longer.
  • Rose and herbed cheese. A creamy cheese coupled with herbed coating both compliment and contrast with the citrus, floral and strawberry notes of the Rose. Cranberry hazelnut crisps bring out more of the fruitier characteristics of the wine as well.
  • Red wines with Morbier cheese. This cheese, along with some roasted almonds and assorted olives go very well with either the 2007 Château Lasségue from Saint-Émilion ( $55 bottle of wine) or the 2009 Château Recougne (a $17 wine from Bordeaux Supérieur). The same cheese will pair brilliantly with two wines of different price points.

Diner en Blanc is coming to Los Angeles Aug. 21 where over 1,300 guests wearing all white will meet at six staging points around the city where they will then travel together to the secret event location.


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