Wonderful Ways to Host a Summer White Party

Written By Jean Sexton

Posted 07/13/18

Updated 04/11/24


For many years, well-known fashion and entertainment celebrities have been hosting elegant ‘white parties’ every summer in the stylish Hamptons neighborhood of New York. Featuring all-white clothing and décor, these iconic events are a celebration of all things warm weather-related and summer-worthy—including wines!

Ready to host your own summer white party? Biltmore Winery and our top chefs have teamed up with some hot tips for a cool time!

Find your perfect spot

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Gardens and patios with easy access to the indoors make for a great party, and hosting your event poolside makes a big splash!

“We recommend choosing your location first, as that really sets the tone for the party,” said Jill Whitfield, Wine Marketing Manager. “An outdoor location is ideal, but make sure you have a back-up plan for weather and plenty of shade and other conveniences for your guests.”

According to Holly Clark, Marketing Manager, Biltmore For Your Home, it’s easy to make the most of white-themed décor with estate-inspired offerings from our licensed partners.

“The pieces from our Best Selling 12 Piece Dinnerware Set by Belk are made from textured stoneware and include dinner plates, salad plates, and bowls. making a great style statement that’s wonderfully functional, too,” Holly said.

Wonderful white wines

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White wines pair perfectly for summer gatherings!

“It’s not a summer white party without white wines,” Jill said, “and Biltmore wines include wonderful options from still to sparkling.” Offer flights of whites for your guests to taste and enjoy. The following Biltmore wine flights are listed in our recommended tasting order from lighter styles to those with more body.

Dry white flight: Biltmore Estate Pinot Grigio, Biltmore Estate Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc, Biltmore Estate Chardonnay, and Biltmore Reserve North Carolina Chardonnay.
Sweet white flight: Biltmore Estate Limited Release Gewürztraminer, Biltmore Estate Limited Release Muscat Canelli, Century Sweet White, Biltmore Estate Limited Release Chenin Blanc.
Sparkling white flight: Biltmore Estate Brut, Château Reserve Blanc de Blancs, Biltmore Estate Blanc de Blancs, Biltmore Estate Blanc de Noir.

Sweet Endings

Panna Cotta with Grapefruit Gelee
Our estate chefs have updated this traditional recipe to bring out the light, refreshing essence of summer.

Impress your guests with this twist on a classic Italian panna cotta. With its characteristic rich flavor and creamy texture, indulgence has never felt so simple.

Panna Cotta with Grapefruit Gelée

Gelée Ingredients
• ¾ cup fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
• ¼ cup sugar
• 2 teaspoons (1 packet) unflavored gelatin powder

Panna Cotta Ingredients
• 3 cups heavy cream
• ½ cup sugar
• 7 teaspoons (3½ packets) unflavored gelatin powder
• 14 ounces goat cheese, softened

Preparation Instructions
• Create gelée in a small saucepan by combining the grapefruit juice, sugar, and gelatin powder. Whisk well and bring to a boil. Pour 1 ounce of the juice mixture into each of 6 (4-ounce) ramekins. Place the ramekins in the refrigerator to chill until firm, at least 30 minutes.
• Create panna cotta by combining heavy cream, sugar, and gelatin powder in a medium sauce pan. Whisk well and bring to a boil, then immediately remove from heat. Add the softened goat cheese to the mixture and continue to whisk until completely smooth.
• Divide the goat cheese panna cotta mixture evenly among the ramekins. Pour it over the firmly set grapefruit gelée and refrigerate until set, at least 1 hour.
• To serve: Run a knife between the panna cotta and the ramekin to release and invert onto a plate. If the panna cotta won’t come out, turn it upside down and run hot tap water over the bottom of the ramekin for 30–60 seconds, then gently tap onto a plate

Tip: For a truly elegant ending to your party, our crisp Biltmore Estate® Brut—featuring fine, tiny bubbles along with notes of citrus, strawberry, and honey—is the perfect complement.

Keep it simple

Wine cheers.
Cheers to Summer!

Once you’ve chosen your location, selected wines, and created the perfect menu, what’s left? Invite friends and family to join you for a wonderful summer celebration!

Tip: Keep the party kid-friendly with plenty of Biltmore Sparkling Grape Juice!

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