Pair Biltmore Wine with Cookies for Holiday Cheer

‘Tis the season to pair Biltmore wine with your favorite cookies to ramp up the holiday cheer!

Pairing wine and cookies

Christmas cookies on a tray
Pair Christmas cookies with Biltmore wines for a sweet holiday treat

“Whether you’re baking at home, participating in a neighborhood cookie swap, or sending sweets to someone far away, our wine and cookie pairing ideas are the perfect way to pour on the cheer this holiday season,” said Courtney Miller, Vanderbilt Wine Club® Manager.

In addition to the recipes you’ll find below, we’ve paired each cookie with Biltmore wines to make it even easier to match each distinctive flavor with a wine that complements it.

“Go ahead and sweeten the season by purchasing Biltmore wines,” advised Courtney, “then bake some cookies, or snag similar styles from your local bakery; I won’t tell!”

Pour on the holiday cheer

According to Courtney, you generally choose a wine that’s a little sweeter than the treat with which you plan to pair it, but richer, heavier sweets can stand up to dryer wines.

“Either way, you’ll be ready to savor a sophisticated treat for the holidays,” Courtney said. “And if you upgrade Santa’s usual glass of milk to a glass of Biltmore wine, I’m pretty sure he’ll add you to his ‘nice’ list!”


Pair Biltmore wines with cookies like these honey gingersnaps
Our Biltmore Estate Riesling is a perfect partner for Honey Gingersnap Cookies

Honey Gingersnap Cookies

Get ready to snap up these crisp, gingery cookies with lightly sweet wines such as our delightful Biltmore Estate® Riesling and Biltmore Estate® Limited Release Muscat Canelli!

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour*
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons crystallized ginger, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup honey
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-fine granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

*Spoon & Sweep method: Use a spoon to fill measuring cup with flour until required amount is obtained. Scooping measuring cup directly into flour bag will firmly pack flour resulting in too much flour required for recipe.

Method
Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk in both types of ginger, cinnamon, and ground cloves. Set aside.

Cream together butter, honey, and ½ cup sugar in bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add egg and vanilla.

Add dry mixture to wet mixture and mix until combined. Chill dough for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Scoop out each portion of dough with a tablespoon. Form into a ball and roll in remaining sugar. Use the bottom of a glass to flatten slightly.

Bake for 10–12 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies.


Pair Biltmore wine and fudgy chocolate crinkle cookies
Fudgy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are perfect with red wines like Biltmore Estate Limited Release Petite Sirah

Fudgy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

There’s a reason why pairing red wines like our Biltmore Estate® Limited Release Petite Sirah and chocolate (cookies) is a match made in heaven–taste it for yourself!

Ingredients
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup white granulated sugar
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup confectioner’s sugar

Method
In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa powder, white sugar, and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Mix in the vanilla.

In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture just until a dough forms (do not over mix). Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 cookie sheets or baking trays with parchment paper. Roll 1 tablespoonful of dough into balls for smaller cookies, or 2 tablespoonsful for larger cookies.

Add the confectioner’s sugar to a smaller bowl. Roll each cookie in confectioners’ sugar and place onto prepared cookie sheets.

Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes (small cookies) or 12 minutes (larger cookies). The cookies will be soft from the oven, then firm up as they cool.

Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool. Makes approximately 2 dozen (small) cookies.


Pair Biltmore wines with cookies like these orange drop cookies
Sweeten the season by pairing Orange Drop Cookies with off-dry Biltmore wines

Orange Drop Cookies

Speckled with grated orange rind, these cookies pair perfectly with the orange blossom notes in our Biltmore Estate® Limited Release Orange Muscat and our other off-dry wines.

Ingredients
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 each egg
½ tsp baking soda
1½ tsp baking powder
1½ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 large navel orange

Method
Preheat the oven to 350° F.

Cream together butter and sugar and beat until fluffy. Add the egg and beat well.

Sift together your dry ingredients and add to the butter mixture alternating with the buttermilk. Beat well after each addition.

Grate the orange rind and squeeze the juice of the orange. Add to the batter and mix well.

Drop one teaspoon, about two inches apart from each other, onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 10–12 minutes or until the bottoms are light golden brown. Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies.


Enjoy Biltmore wines this holiday season!

Celebrate Christmas with Biltmore wines
Whether you’re home for the holidays, traveling, or hosting a virtual celebration, Biltmore wines help make the season bright

Whether you’re pairing them with cookies, entertaining friends, or simply enjoying a peaceful glass by a crackling fire, you’ll find all our award-winning Biltmore wines in our estate shops, online, and close to home with our Retail Locator.

For a special gift for yourself and others, consider joining our Vanderbilt Wine Club®. You’ll enjoy three Biltmore wines delivered to your door each season, plus all the other privileges membership brings.


Savor in Place with Biltmore Wines

Spring 2020 has certainly brought some unprecedented challenges, but we invite you to savor in place with Biltmore wines.

“With the temporary closure of Biltmore and the Winery, we wanted to make sure our guests are still able to enjoy their favorite varietals at home,” said Jill Whitfield, Senior Marketing Manager for Biltmore Wines.

Couple drinking wine while they savor in place at home
Include Biltmore bubbles in your Valentine’s Day celebration!

“That’s the whole idea behind our ‘savor in place with Biltmore wines’ initiative,” Jill said. “How can we be most helpful–and give you tips and ideas you can use at home–until we’re able to welcome you back to the estate and the Winery?”

Host a virtual wine tasting

Biltmore wines and spring gift ideas
Biltmore wines make perfect gifts for spring

Biltmore Winemaker Sharon Fenchak suggests hosting a virtual wine tasting while you savor in place at home.

“You’d normally gather your friends together in person for a great evening of wine tasting,” said Sharon, “but you can still “gather” everyone via a video conferencing app and let the fun begin!”

Here are Sharon’s picks for an easy virtual wine tasting that highlights some unique varietals from both our American Series and our Biltmore Estate Limited Release wines:

Have everyone select the same three bottles of wine: 1 approachable white wine like our Biltmore Estate Limited Release Marsanne, 1 rosé or light-bodied red such as our Biltmore Estate Dry Rosé or Biltmore Estate Pinot Noir, and 1 full-bodied red–perhaps our Biltmore Estate Limited Release Malbec that recently earned 96 points and Double Gold in the prestigious San Francisco International Wine Competition.

“Begin the tasting with the white wine and progress through to the most robust red,” Sharon advised. “Sip, savor, and celebrate your discoveries!”

Savor in place with Biltmore wines and our custom playlist

Biltmore wines in front of a fireplace
Find inspiration for virtual gift giving and entertaining with our 2020 Holiday Wine Guide

If a glass of wine and a smooth groove help you relax, John Justice, Regional Sales Manager for Biltmore Wines, offers the following advice:

“In these uncertain times, our kitchens are becoming a refuge for comfort and a way to calm our wanderlust,” said John.

Savor in place with Biltmore wines and charcuterie
Pair Biltmore wines with your favorite comfort foods!

“My culinary philosophy is that the two most important ingredients of cooking are the marination of the chef and good music,” John said.

“Both enhance smells, tastes, and the cooking process. I reach for Biltmore wines because they were created to be food-friendly, satisfying, and to pair well with your favorite flavors.”

John curated the following playlist specifically to match the pace of enjoying a bottle of Biltmore wine:

Get into the groove with your favorite Biltmore wines and John’s custom playlist!

“It’s smooth, lively, and reflective,” John noted, “so you won’t even need to shuffle. Cheers!”

Craft your own cocktails

Mix up refreshing cocktails
Enjoy cocktails crafted with Biltmore wines on the porch or by the pool!

“Now that we’re all sticking a little closer to home, let’s take our favorite Biltmore wines to the next level by crafting cocktails with them,” said Jeff Plack, Senior Director of Wine Production Operations.

“This is practically the perfect way to help you savor in place,” Jeff said. “You can sip your favorite Biltmore wines on their own, or transform them into handcrafted cocktails!”

Summer sipping with a Blackberry Basil Bellini
Savor in place with a Blackberry Basil Bellini featuring our sparkling Pas de Deux Moscato wine

Jeff shared the following picks to help kick off your next cocktail hour:

Uncork more refreshing cocktails with Biltmore wines here!

Stock up and savor in place with Biltmore wines

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

Until we can welcome you back to Biltmore’s Winery in person, we invite you to stock up on your favorite Biltmore wines online or locally with the help of our Retail Locator.

Want to ensure that you stay stocked up each season? Become a member of the Vanderbilt Wine Club now and enjoy Biltmore wines delivered to your door each season, exclusive discounts on wines, invitations to members-only events, and more!

Biltmore Holiday Wine Guide

To share the warmth and cheer of Biltmore wines, we’ve created our Holiday Wine Guide to help you make the most of this special season.

“The Holiday Wine Guide covers all the different celebrations from Thanksgiving to New Year’s,” said Jill Whitfield, senior wine marketing manager. “There are recommendations for each special occasion, including thanking your hosts and having gifts on-hand for surprise guests.”

Holiday Entertaining with Wines

Biltmore wines with cake and holiday lights
Look for all Biltmore wines online

“For general holiday entertaining, Biltmore® Estate Cabernet Sauvignon–awarded 95 points in the prestigious San Francisco International Wine Competition–and Biltmore Estate® Pinot Grigio, which received 90 points from the Beverage Testing Institute, are a great place to start,” Jill said.

Jill recommends rounding out your selections with our Biltmore® Reserve Rosé North Carolina 2018, Vanderbilt Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley 2017, and our bubbly Biltmore Estate® Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine.

Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving table with Biltmore wines
Our Thanksgiving Trio brings everyone to the table

Whether you’re adding a leaf to your table to accommodate a crowd or traveling out of town to visit family, Biltmore wines pair perfectly with everything from turkey and dressing to flavorful new “Friendsgiving” favorites.

“Our special Thanksgiving Trio featuring Biltmore® Reserve Chardonnay North Carolina 2018Vanderbilt Reserve Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2017, and Biltmore Estate® Brut makes it easy to pair all your holiday favorites with a fine wine,” said Jill. “If you want to add a bit more variety, Biltmore Estate® Dry Rosé and Biltmore Estate® Merlot are great wines for delighting your guests.”

Wrap-up Gift Giving with Biltmore Wines

Biltmore wine bottles with bows
Biltmore wines make a thoughtful gift for the holidays

Simplify holiday shopping by sharing the gift of Biltmore wines. They make a thoughtful gift for anyone on your list or a special thank-you to your hosts for including you in their celebration.

Consider options such as The Hunt Red Blend Sonoma County 2017, which earned 91 points from Critics Challenge, our charming Mariporta Red Dessert Wine, long-time guest favorite Biltmore Estate® Cardinal’s Crest, our lightly sweet Biltmore Estate® Limited Release Chenin Blanc, or our finest sparkling–Biltmore Estate® Château Reserve Blanc de Blancs North Carolina 2017, handcrafted from outstanding locally-grown grapes.

Savor Christmas with Biltmore Wines

Biltmore wines with Christmas tree and desserts
When planning your virtual wine tasting, choose at least three wines to sample together

Showcase your Christmas Eve gathering, Christmas Day Brunch, and Christmas Day Dinner with our most versatile, food-friendly wines to complement any cuisine. 

“Our Biltmore Estate® Sauvignon Blanc earned 91 points in the San Francisco International Wine Competition,” Jill said, “while Critics Challenge awarded our Antler Hill® Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015 93 points. We think you’ll also enjoy sharing our Biltmore Estate® RieslingBiltmore® Reserve Viognier North Carolina 2018, and our Biltmore Estate® Limited Release Malbec with your special guests.”

New Year’s: Ready, Set, Celebrate!

Celebrate with Biltmore sparkling wines
Biltmore sparkling wine is perfect for any occasion

For a more memorable midnight on New Year’s Eve or a brunch featuring traditional favorites the following day, be sure to include our sparkling wine, handcrafted in the time-honored méthode champenoise that creates the finest bubbles.

“Shake things up with our Biltmore Estate® Blanc de Noir,” suggested Jill. “Not only is it delicious, but the soft coral color makes it a feast for the eyes, too!”

Sparkling wines may be traditional for New Year’s, but Jill recommends considering a range of other options  including our Biltmore Estate® Limited Release Gewürztraminer, Biltmore Estate® Limited Release TempranilloBiltmore Estate® Pinot Noir, and Biltmore Estate® Chardonnay.

Enjoying Our Wines at Home for the Holidays

Biltmore wines with chocolate desserts
For the holidays, we’ve bundled the best of our award-winning wines to help you simplify your celebrations (and save)!

“If you’re ready to re-stock your wine reserves, you can find Biltmore wines close to home with our Retail Locator,” said Jill.

Join the Vanderbilt Wine Club®

Vanderbilt Wine Club Christmas party
Enjoy members-only events like our annual Christmas party

Give a year of wine to someone special with a gift membership in our Vanderbilt Wine Club. Members receive three hand-selected Biltmore wines each season, shipped direct to your door, and the first club shipment ships free.

In addition, members save up to 25% on all wine purchases online or at the estate, plus complimentary premium wine tastings, access to first release wines, members-only events, and much more.