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Romance sparkles at Biltmore

Posted on 02/08/2016 by Jean Sexton Comments(1)

In addition to celebrating the gorgeous costumes featured in our Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film exhibition, our winemakers have crafted Biltmore Estate Romance Sparkling Sec--a wonderful new wine that honors the legacy of Edith Dresser Vanderbilt's family. 

Edith Dresser with her three sisters and grandmotherOn May 31, 1898, the Asheville Citizen reported the following story in connection with the upcoming marriage of George Vanderbilt and his fiancée Edith Dresser:

The wine with which the health of the bride is to be drunk at the wedding breakfast of Miss Edith Dresser and George Vanderbilt Thursday has a history, according to the Washington Post. Many years ago the wine cellar of Daniel Le Roy, one of the pioneer summer residents of Newport, was famous, and large sums were offered for what remained of it when Mr. Le Roy died. None of this famous wine was ever sold, but as the stock decreased Mrs. Le Roy directed that it should not be used except at the wedding of her grandchildren and their descendants, a certain number of bottles being apportioned to each.

"Once we discovered this story," said Jill Whitfield, Wine Marketing Manager, "we wanted to share the details so that everyone could enjoy it. This was such a wonderfully romantic gesture that it inspired us to create a fine sparkling wine for perfect for all celebrations,” Jill said.

Biltmore's Romance Sparkling Sec label"Like all our outstanding sparkling wines, our winemakers handcrafted Romance in the traditional méthode champenoise. This process requires a secondary fermentation in the bottle, and is vital for developing the fine, tiny bubbles that characterize the finest sparkling wines. Romance offers a delicate strawberry bouquet that gives way to tastes of honey and melon," Jill said, "and as the label says, it offers sweet hints of dreams come true!"

Biltmore Estate Romance Sparkling Sec is available for a limited time on the estate and through our online store. Planning your wedding day or special event at Biltmore? Let our experienced Weddings & Groups team help you make the most of the possibilities!

Archival image, right: the Dresser sisters with their grandmother (L-R: Natalie, Edith, Grandmother Susan Fish Le Roy, Pauline, Susan)

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Posted on 02/15/2016 By Sue T

Wonderful blog post. I love the historical story that was used as inspiration. I can't wait to buy some!

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