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.

Ladies enjoying a warm weather picnic with wine at Biltmore House
Enjoy warm weather sipping with friends and family!

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.

Woman enjoying Biltmore Estate Chardonnay
Biltmore wines are perfect for warm weather sipping!

“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

Biltmore wines provide great summer sipping
Enjoy Biltmore white wines by the glass or bottle this summer

“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

Celebrate summer with sensational sangrias
Sweeten the long days of summer with this delightful sangria cocktail featuring Biltmore Estate Dry Rosé

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

Biltmore Cardinal's Crest makes a sensational sangrias
Add some sparkle to warm weather sipping with our Cardinal’s Crest Sangria!

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

Pouring sparkling wine
Sip Pas de Deux Sec with food or create sparkling cocktails

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

Bucket full of Biltmore Wines
Put Biltmore wines on your “bucket list” for summer sipping!

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.

Enjoy Biltmore wines for warm weather sipping

Summer sipping outdoors with Biltmore wines
Enjoy summer sipping and entertaining outdoors with your favorite Biltmore wines

Enjoy your favorite Biltmore wines at the estate, purchase them online, or find them close to home with our Retail Locator.

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