Perfect Pairings: Biltmore Wines and Spring Gift Ideas
All Things Biltmore • 04/20/18
Written By Jean Sexton
As warmer weather returns, it’s time to think of the holidays and occasions we typically celebrate in spring. From special days for Moms and Dads to wedding registries and graduations, it’s the perfect time to pair your favorite Biltmore wines with fresh and fabulous seasonal gift ideas!
Let Mom know how special she is this Mother’s Day with a gift inspired by the gracious hospitality for which the Vanderbilts were famous. Choose an exclusive design from our heirloom-quality Southern Gates® sterling silver jewelry collection to remind your mother how much she means to you.
In addition, our Vanderbilt Tea for One Service featuring pretty porcelain pieces drawn from the details of an original set used in Biltmore House gives Mom a relaxing way to make time for herself.
Wine suggestions: Pair these thoughtful gifts with great wine options like our soft, elegant Biltmore Estate Pinot Noir with wild cherry aromas, delicate raspberry flavors, and smooth tannins or our delightful, light pink Biltmore Estate Blanc de Noir sparkling featuring flavors of cherries and strawberries.
Give Dad a gift of distinction with one of our elegant Diana Oval Trays—the lifelike antler detailing makes them the perfect accessory for home or office. Is your father on the go? Treat him to a sophisticated new Renaissance Overnight Bag. Locally made, the entire collection is guaranteed for life.
For dads who appreciate fine wines, consider our handsome Vanderbilt Wine Chillers featuring George Vanderbilt’s distinguished monogram. Available in two sizes and two elegant finishes, the chillers make it easy to serve Dad’s favorite wines in style.
Wine suggestions: Full-bodied with complex aromas, our Antler Hill Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon offers layers of bold fruit plus a lingering finish. Perfect now, it also has excellent aging potential. Also consider our Biltmore Estate Limited Release Sémillon—a dry white wine that is silky and palate-coating with zesty citrus aromas and fresh melon flavors.
From proposals to marriage ceremonies to honeymoons, Biltmore has hosted many romantic events during the past century. Our exclusive gifts give you a wide range of unique ideas to make any event more special.
For the gift registries and wish-lists of your favorite bride-to-be, newlyweds, or first-time homeowners, consider our estate-inspired lamps and rugs as beautiful options they’ll treasure for years to come.
Wine suggestions: Make any celebration more special with our finest sparkling wine—Château Reserve Blanc de Blancs North Carolina. Crafted from North Carolina Chardonnay grapes and featuring tiny bubbles, this golden wine bursts forth with tropical and citrus flavors. Another inspired idea? Give the happy couple a gift membership in our Vanderbilt Wine Club, and they’ll think of you every time their seasonal shipments arrive!
Traditional gifts for college graduates have always included luggage, and our sophisticated travel bags are no exception. Built in the Blue Ridge Mountains by Diamond Brand Gear, these bags are beautiful, functional, and offer a new way to experience the quality and style that made Biltmore a welcome destination for family and friends.
As they cross into their next phase of life, nothing says “congratulations, graduate” better than a thoughtful piece of jewelry like our estate-inspired Crossings Necklace from the elegant Southern Gates® collection for a statement that can be handed down through the generations.
Wine suggestions: Pair these great gifts for grads with our rich, fruit-forward Biltmore Estate Limited Release Malbec featuring intense spice, blueberry, and plum aromas, our Century Sweet White—a semi-sweet blend with aromas of roses and fresh mint, or our elegant and refreshing Biltmore Estate Limited Release Dry Rosé with a subtle, fruit-forward bouquet followed by layers of delicate berry flavors.
With most weddings held in spring and summer, warmer weather brings anniversaries to be commemorated. Since each anniversary has a special icon, we’ve assembled a Biltmore-inspired gift list of some pivotal celebration ideas:
• Five Years: Wood
— Enlighten your significant other with a gift of the Olmsted Lamp—a one-of-a-kind expression of elegant style inspired by the estate’s iconic wisteria vines. Pair it with our full-bodied Biltmore Estate Limited Release Petite Sirah, aged for 15 months in oak barrels.
• Ten Years: Tin/Aluminum
— Although finished in Copper or Brass, our exceptional Diana Oval Trays feature carefully-crafted aluminum construction. Bring out a bottle of our refreshing and unexpectedly creamy Biltmore Estate Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc and let the celebration begin!
• Twenty Years: China
— Celebrate 20 years of commitment with the sophisticated simplicity of our porcelain Coffee Pot, Cup & Saucer, and Creamer featuring the elegant Vanderbilt monogram—plus a bottle of our full-bodied Biltmore Reserve North Carolina Chardonnay crafted from locally-grown grapes.
• Twenty-five Years: Silver
— Mark the occasion with exclusive, estate-inspired sterling silver jewelry designs from the elegant Southern Gates Collection—then add a wine as complex and expressive as your relationship: our elegant Vanderbilt Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.
• Fifty Years: Gold
— For a golden anniversary celebration you’ll never forget, go for the gold with our estate-inspired Imperial Dragon Lamp in Antique Gold Leaf finish, then uncork the “gold standard” of sparkling wines—our Biltmore Estate Château Reserve Blanc de Blancs North Carolina—or discover our Biltmore Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, recently awarded gold medals in two different prestigious competitions.