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Pair white wines with our gardens

Posted on 05/12/2014 by Marissa Jamison

Spring weather calls for white wines

As the season changes to spring, it’s natural to move from Biltmore’s  heartier red wines you enjoyed during the colder winter months to our lighter, refreshing white wines.

Think outside the house

From patios to picnics to pool parties, Biltmore white wines pair perfectly with outdoor entertaining.

Whether you’re grilling for a group or simply soaking up some sunshine while sipping white wine, Winery Tours Supervisor Spencer Knight shared some basic tips on serving and appreciating wine outdoors in spring:

“Just follow the ‘20-Minute Rule’,” said Spencer. “Remove white wine from the refrigerator 20–30 minutes prior to serving so the flavor profile has a chance to expand. During warmer weather, it’s also a good idea to return open wine bottles to a container of ice and water between refills, especially if you’re entertaining outside.”

Walled Garden in springWine & garden pairings

Biltmore’s beautiful gardens and natural settings have distinct “personalities” that we’ve playfully paired with our wines (with bonus food suggestions from our winemakers). This spring, we encourage you to get to know our white wines in the great outdoors. Choose the one that best suits your mood, or try them all!

Temple of Diana

This elegant site overlooking Biltmore House offers a classic setting that calls to mind any of our outstanding sparkling wines. Winemaker’s suggestion: sweeten a special occasion with Pas de Deux sparkling and fresh fruit, chocolate covered strawberries, or cheesecake.

Shrub Garden

It puts us in mind of our Biltmore Riesling, as its sweeter, fragrant style is reminiscent of early-blooming spring shrubs. Winemaker’s suggestion: spicy Asian noodles make a surprisingly savory companion to our Riesling.

Walled Garden

This grand garden features sun-warmed stone walls that enfold you with tradition, much like the classic taste of our lightly-oaked Biltmore ChardonnayWinemaker’s suggestion: keep it simple and savor grilled chicken and vegetables with a glass of our crisp and refreshing Chardonnay.

Spring Garden

A natural setting that’s easily overlooked, this garden is like Biltmore Sauvignon Blanc, which is less well-known than other sweeter white wines. Winemaker’s suggestion: a light snack of fresh goat cheese on pita wedges is all you need to complement our Sauvignon Blanc.

Azalea Garden in springAzalea Garden

The informal feel and bright colors of the Azalea Garden make it a natural match for our seasonal spring release wine. Winemaker’s suggestion: pick up a sweet-and-sour deli dish to-go and enjoy the surprising complement of flavors with this light-hearted and lightly sweet wine.

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