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Summer Wines

Posted on 06/17/2011 by Sharon Fenchak

Biltmore Wines Provide Great Summer Sipping

During warmer months, winemaker Bernard Delille recommends focusing on lighter, dryer, acidic wines. These wines refresh your palette in the same way lemonade does when you are hot and thirsty.

“Sweeter wines tend to leave you thirsty, while wines with higher acidity such as Sauvignon Blanc can actually quench your thirst on a hot summer day,” he said.

Bernard’s top summer picks include his favorite varietal, Sauvignon Blanc, a dry, crisp, food-friendly wine that pairs beautifully with salads, chicken, and white fish. He also recommends Biltmore Pinot Grigio; its spicy citrus finish is perfect all by itself—especially nice for sipping outdoors on summer evenings. Prefer popular Chardonnay? Try a lighter style like Biltmore Chardonnay Sur Lies that is lightly oak aged.

Rosé drinkers will appreciate Century Rosé, an off-dry rosé blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. This is a great option that pairs well with a wide range of foods.

For diehard red wine lovers, Bernard recommends a mellow, versatile red for the summer; one of the best is Cardinal’s Crest—a soft and easy-to-drink blend.

Like something bubbly? Sparkling wines like our Pas de Deux crafted with aromatic Muscat Canelli grapes are perfect for warm weather.

Whatever wine you prefer, make sure you chill it first (yes, even red wine). Cool reds for 20–30 minutes before you serve them. For white wines, remove from the refrigerator 20–30 minutes prior to serving so their aromas and flavors can be released.

And remember the most important rule of wine: drink what you like, regardless of the time of year!

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