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Choose Perfect Wines for Holiday Gift-Giving

Posted on 09/25/2015 by Jean Sexton

At Biltmore, we believe wine is always the perfect gift, regardless of the occasion. This holiday season, we invite you to share your favorites with friends and family, and discover new varietals to love, as well. Check out our guide to great gift-giving for everyone you know!


Biltmore Reserve Cabernet SauvignonThe Enthusiast

There’s one in every crowd—they’re usually asked to choose the wine for the whole table or the event and they make great selections that everyone enjoys. This year, surprise them with a gift of Biltmore Wine and allow them to sit back and enjoy your thoughtfulness. We recommend our Biltmore Reserve North Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon so they can try a local varietal and compare it to one of their favorites from California. Crafted from North Carolina's finest locally grown grapes, this wine is full-bodied with aromas of black cherry and plum. Forward tannins are marked by hints of leather, wild cherry, and hints of smoke, and we enjoy pairing it with a variety of rich flavors including duck, lamb, veal, and dark chocolate.


Your Host

Whether it’s tailgating in the fall or a New Year’s bash to wrap up the year, he or she throws a great party every time. To thank your host for all their hard work, bring a bottle of Biltmore Wine they can add to their menu with confidence. If it’s a REALLY great party, bring a second bottle they can stash to enjoy after all the guests go home! Try our Biltmore Estate Cardinal’s Crest—a soft, easy-to-drink red blend with dried herb aromas, rich blackberry flavors, and smooth tannins—that pairs well with beef, lasagna, and pizza.


That Unexpected Guest

You’re hosting a holiday gift-giving gathering and somebody turns up with an unexpected plus-one. Don’t panic; when passing out presents, give them a bottle of Christmas at Biltmore Wine—white or red—that you were saving to share with Santa when he visits. The beautiful commemorative label makes either wine a thoughtful choice. Hint: pick up some extras to have on hand throughout the season!


The Sportsman

With its striking label inspired by the strong lines and rich heritage of an extraordinary firearm in Biltmore’s original collection, The Hunt—our robust, Bordeaux-style red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot—features a photograph of the finely wrought engraving of a vintage Auguste Francotte shotgun crafted of walnut, steel, and silver. It’s an elegant gift for anyone who enjoys the sporting life, or fine wines in general.


Chateau Reserve North Carolina Blanc de Blancs Sparkling WineThe Happy Couple

Holidays seem to inspire romance, and many an engagement has been announced at the Thanksgiving table or beside the Christmas tree. To continue the celebration, offer a special gift to the happy couple: a bottle of Chateau Reserve North Carolina Blanc de Blancs. This is our finest sparkling wine, handcrafted from Chardonnay grapes grown on the estate, and features fine, tiny bubbles as it bursts forth with tropical and citrus flavors. Cheers!


Secret Santa

It’s that time of year when we draw names out of a hat and select secret gifts for our co-workers or group members. Instead of the usual fruitcakes or holiday tchotchkes, give them a welcome gift of Biltmore Wine—that’s one “Secret Santa” offering they won’t pass along at their next gift exchange! If you’re not sure of their taste, we suggest our Century White wine. Flavorful and food-friendly, this wine pairs easily with many dishes, and the beautifully-etched bottle featuring an image of Biltmore House means no giftwrap is needed.


Someone Special

You know who they are—that special someone who makes you want to uncork the good stuff, just for them—and it’s easy when you fill a flute with our pretty-in-pink Biltmore Estate Blanc de Noir sparkling wine. Careful aging produces crisp bubbles, and the inviting coral hue from Pinot Noir grapes, plus the flavors of cherries and strawberries, make this bubbly irresistible. It’s surprisingly good with turkey, making it a perfect gift for your Thanksgiving host—just keep some on hand to share with while rooting for your teams and savoring leftover turkey sandwiches!


Biltmore Estate Limited Release Chenin BlancDessert Diva

For those who love sweeter wines that pair well with desserts, our Biltmore Estate Limited Release Chenin Blanc makes a delectable gift that goes perfectly with many favorite seasonal flavors. Balanced and fruit-forward with a lingering sweet finish accented by floral aromas and citrus flavors, it is a delightful addition to the dessert buffet. As a bonus, it’s a surprise hit with Asian cuisine, so keep your own bottle handy to enjoy with an order of Thai take-out after all that turkey and dressing.


Your Favorite Foodies

For the foodies on your list, take note of our Vanderbilt Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Fruit grown in this cool California climate results in a complex, expressive wine with an elegant, almost delicate mouth-feel. Strawberry, raspberry, vanilla, and well-integrated oak aromas give way to supple fruit flavors. Pair with a wide range of flavors such as chicken, mushroom dishes, salmon—even the traditional holiday turkey.


The Surprise Invitation

You were planning a quiet evening at home, but friends just texted an invitation to join them at a holiday pot-luck. Lucky for you, there’s a bottle of Biltmore Estate Sauvignon Blanc in your wine rack, and it’s a great choice for any gathering. Crisp and refreshing with bright citrus aromas, fresh peach flavors, and an elegant finish, this delicious white wine is friendly with a wide range of flavors from crab, lobster, and scallops to goat cheese and salads. Everyone will be glad you came (and that you brought such a great wine)!

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