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Best Wine and Snacks for Your Painting and Wine Class

Updated: May 19, 2020

Watercolor of wine bottles and wine glasses

Aren’t these painting and wine places fun! I love the creativity and, of course, enjoying wine while you create is the best. Only problem is…I only have so many walls to put these paintings on.

I suppose I could rotate the artwork and freshen up the place every so often. I remember my parents would “check out” paintings from the library and hang them in our home for a bit, then they’d switch them out for new ones. I bet they don’t have that program anymore. Ah…the good ole days.

The conundrum, what wine is best to bring to these painting parties?

Well, that depends on what snacks you’ll bring to the painting party. Let’s start there.

Best Snacks for a Wine & Painting Party

Some painting places have more room than others for snacks which means this has to be a bit strategic. You also don’t want a messy snack; after all, your main goal is to paint at the “painting” event.

Reminds me when my sister and I were painting her daughter’s room. We were getting everything ready, taping it off, putting down the drop clothes, etc, etc. Her daughter, all of 4 or 5 years old, says, “We’re supposed to be painting, but nobody’s painting.”

A good reminder to keep focused on that painting, while still enjoying the wine and those snacks.

Easy, low-mess snack options you might try:

  • Flavored rice crackers (Stay away from flavors with a messy coating.)

  • Pre-cut cheese (Bite-sized makes it easy to handle.)

  • Cheese & Fruit Protein Box @ Starbucks (This has the perfect little mix of cheese, crackers, grapes, and apples.)

  • Hummus with crackers or veggies

  • Pistachios (Out of the shell.)

  • Trail mix (Minus the peanuts – you never know about allergies. I usually stick with a mix of tree nuts like almonds, pecans, walnuts.)

  • Pretzels

  • Dark chocolate bark bites (These are delish..with almonds or pretzels mixed in.)

Best Wine for a Wine & Painting Party

For any of these options (except the dark chocolate), I would go with a nice light white: Dry Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, un-oaked Chardonnay.

If you prefer red, then I’d stick with a lighter red like Pinot Noir. That will go perfectly with any of these snack options and with the dark chocolate.

I would also stick with a value brand at $10-$20 a bottle. After all, you aren’t trying to pair with a fancy dinner.

Best Way to Transport Your Wine & Keep it Cool

Chill your wine ahead of time. You’ll even want to bring the temperature down a bit on the Pinot. Pop it in the fridge for about 30 minutes before you head out. Stick the white in the fridge for an hour. Then transport it in a neoprene wine sleeve or insulated wine tote to keep it cool.

The Best Wine & Snacks for Your Painting Party — Keep it Simple!

Bring some snacks that are low maintenance, easy to eat and won’t leave a coating on your fingers. Then pair with a white or light red value wine. You can’t go wrong! Enjoy your wine and painting night!


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