With Thanksgiving over, the inevitable slide into the Christmas holidays has begun. Usually in the weeks before Thanksgiving, this depresses me. However, this year I got the opportunity to taste a wine that made me wish for the arrival of holiday and mistletoe.
The Biltmore Estate has been producing wines since the 1970s and presently producing wines from both estate and contract grown grapes. VinoVerve had its first taste of wines from the estate when Marguerite Barrett first tasted the Century White on 2009’s Open That Bottle Night. Besides good wine, I love the sense of history that comes from the Biltmore Estate and their wines.
The Estate was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II a scion of the great Vanderbilt family. Being the youngest of his father’s eight, the bulk of his father’s wealth went to his older brothers, but G.W. was not left penniless. He build the Biltmore with the plan to pursue intellectual pursuits which he did, including experiments with horticulture, animal husbandry and silvaculture. Unlike many intellectuals of his time, his goal was to make the estate self-sustaining.
In furtherance of this goal, GWV’s grandson began the winery. Starting with French-American hybrid grapes, the estate is now growing Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Riesling and Viognier. The wine makers are using North Carolina grapes as well as those from California and Washington to produce award winning wines.
The Christmas at Biltmore® White Wine is the perfect wine for a holiday meal or party. It is fruity and off-dry to semi-sweet which will match perfectly with spicy foods. It is lovely for sipping in a crowded party and if sweeter wines aren’t your thing, you probably have an Aunt Rita who drinks nothing but. The flavors of orange, spices with a touch of mint scream Christmas and the bottle label with a holiday tree seals the deal.
This wine is available at the winery, online and in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia.
Enjoy your holiday season!
December 1st, 2011
Disclosure: I received this wine as a sample.