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Biltmore Wines Provide Great Summer Sipping

Posted on 05/24/2013 by Sharon Fenchak

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 with its spicy citrus finish and our semi-sweet and delicately fruity Biltmore Reserve North Carolina Riesling, from grapes grown at the estate. Both are 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.


A Rosé For Summer

Rosé drinkers will appreciate our Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc de Noir, a semi-sweet rosé with raspberry and citrus flavors and hints of melon. It’s a “laid-back” wine that goes well with sausage, turkey, and Asian cuisine—and while many reds are commonly paired with dark chocolate, give this rosé a try with milk chocolate.

For Red Wine Lovers

Bernard recommends mellow, versatile reds for the summer; one of the best is Cardinal’s Crest—a soft and easy-to-drink blend.  Another is our medium-bodied, fruity Century Red—a Sangiovese and Merlot blend—featuring aromas of red currant and strawberry.

Festive & Fun

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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