Enhance Warm Weather Sipping with Biltmore Wines
All Things Biltmore • 03/01/21
Written By Jean Sexton
Enhance warm weather sipping with Biltmore wines, whether you’re packing a picnic, entertaining friends and family outdoors, or simply relaxing on your porch or patio.
Refreshing your palate
During the warmest months of the year, winemaker Sharon Fenchak recommends focusing on lighter, dryer, more acidic wines.
According to Sharon, these wines refresh your palate in the same way lemonade does when the weather warms up and you’re thirsty.
“Sweeter wines tend to leave you thirsty, while wines with higher acidity such as Sauvignon Blanc can actually quench your thirst on a warm spring or summer day,” Sharon said.
Crisp white wines for warm weather sipping
“Our Biltmore Estate Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc is refreshing and surprisingly creamy with notes of coconut and key lime,” said Sharon. “It pairs beautifully with salads, chicken, and white fish–the kinds of food you tend to serve in warmer weather.
Sharon also recommends Biltmore Estate Pinot Grigio with its spicy citrus finish, and our delicately fruity Biltmore Reserve Viognier North Carolina, handcrafted from grapes grown at the estate and by our local partners. Both options are especially nice for sipping outdoors on spring and summer evenings.
Prefer a cool, elegant classic white wine for summer sipping? Our Biltmore Estate Chardonnay offers crisp fruit flavor and hints of oak to complement everything from grilled vegetables to chicken and seafood.
Pick the perfect rosé for warm weather
Rosé drinkers will appreciate our Biltmore Estate Dry Rosé, a surprisingly dry wine with delicate layers of berry flavors. It’s perfect with chicken, pork, salmon, and sausage–serve it along with all those smoky grilled favorites at your next backyard barbecue–or enjoy it in our refreshing “Love Never Runs Dry” cocktail.
Warm-weather sippers for red wine lovers
Sharon recommends mellow, versatile reds for the warm weather sipping; one of the best is Biltmore Estate Cardinal’s Crest—a smooth, easy-to-drink blend.
“Enjoy it by the glass, or mix up a pitcher of Cardinal’s Crest Sangria to sip in the shade,” Sharon said. “Your friends will thank you!”
Another warm-weather red is our medium-bodied, fruity Biltmore Century Sweet Red—a lightly sweet blend featuring flavors of blackberry and vanilla.
Bubbles are festive and fun
Like something bubbly? Sparkling wines like our Pas de Deux Sec crafted with aromatic Muscat Canelli grapes and handcrafted in the traditional methode champenoise style are perfect for warm weather sipping on their own or as the base of a mimosa or other cocktail.
Cool down with the 20-minute rule
Whatever wine you prefer, make sure you chill it first (yes, even red wines). Cool reds for about 20 minutes before you serve them. For white wines, remove from the refrigerator 20 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.