Wines By Season

For many of us, the changing seasons come with changing preferences in wine. The crisp whites we crave in summer give way to heartier reds in fall and winter months. As usual, personal preference trumps everything else, but here are some general guidelines for serving wine with the seasons. To search for Biltmore wines in any of the varietals listed, visit our Virtual Sommelier.


 

Fall

Full-bodied whites and light- to medium-bodied reds are the perfect complement to cooler weather and fall harvest foods.

Our favorite fall wines:

  • Viognier
  • Oaked Chardonnay
  • Soft Red Blend
  • Pinot Noir
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Merlot
  • Sparkling Wine

 

Winter

Full-bodied reds are king in winter since they pair well with heartier dishes, but sparkling wines have a starring role at the holidays, too.

Our favorite winter wines:

  • Malbec
  • Syrah
  • Zinfandel
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Bordeaux Blend
  • Oaked Chardonnay
  • Sparkling Wine

 

Spring

Lighter, aromatic wines help usher in warmer weather. They pair well with the lighter dishes of the spring season, too.

Our favorite spring wines:

  • White Blend
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Riesling
  • Unoaked Chardonnay
  • Moscato
  • Pinot Noir
  • Rosé

 

Summer

Crisp white wines are great for quenching your thirst in the summer, but slightly chilled, easy-drinking reds are perfectly suitable, too.

Our favorite summer wines:

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Riesling
  • Chardonnay
  • White Blend
  • Rosé
  • Red Blend
  • Merlot

Note: If serving outdoors, keep your wine cool in a mix of ice and water. (Ice alone doesn’t chill as well.) It’s also helpful to keep the wine bottle out of direct sunlight – especially if you’re enjoying a red wine, which can “cook” if it gets too warm.


 

Beyond those seasonal guidelines, there are also a number of wine holidays. So if you’re looking for a reason to celebrate, here are a dozen good ones.

Wine Holidays

  • February 18 – National Drink Wine Day
  • March 3 – National Mulled Wine Day
  • April 17 – World Malbec Day
  • May 11 – National Winery Tourism Day
  • May 25 – National Wine Day (also National Chardonnay Day)
  • June 21 – National Sauvignon Blanc Day
  • August 4 – National Champagne Day (also celebrated October 26)
  • August 18 – National Pinot Noir Day
  • August 30 – National Cabernet Day
  • September – North Carolina Wine Month
  • November 19 – National Zinfandel Day

North Carolina Wine Month Menu

Did you know that September is North Carolina Wine and Grape Appreciation Month? In honor of the occasion, our estate chefs created recipes highlighting some traditional North Carolina dishes – delicious in September or any time of year.

Slow-Roasted Salmon with Curry Mustard and Apple Fennel Salad

Seared Lamb Chops, Celeriac Purée, Broccoli Rabe, Hazelnut Brown Butter

Vanilla Bean Pots de Creme with Fresh Stone Fruits and Honey