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Biltmore Winery Celebrates 30th Anniversary

2015 marks a milestone year for the Biltmore Winery. The iconic estate in Asheville, North Carolina is celebrating the winery’s 30th anniversary.

George Vanderbilt, who founded the Biltmore Estate in the late 19th century, was an avid wine fan. He brought back wine from his travels and would incorporate it into dinners and celebrations. In the early 1970s his grandson William A.V. Cecil had the vision to transform part of the grounds into a vineyard and winery. Cecil sought out experts in California and France to transform an unlikely location for a vineyard — North Carolina — into a place where vitis vinifera would thrive. It took more than a decade of testing and experimentation, and in 1984 its first wines were bottled: the 1983 Chateau Biltmore Merlot and Chateau Biltmore Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Biltmore Winery first opened its doors on May 11, 1985. Since then it has become America’s most visited winery, welcoming more than 1 million visitors each year. The winery produces approximately 150,000 cases annually of wines that range from still to sparkling, dry to sweet. In addition to its own vineyard, Biltmore sources grapes from partners in North Carolina, California and Washington.

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On Saturday, May 16th the Biltmore Winery will host a day of events to commemorate its 30th anniversary. The winery is also offering a commemorative 30th anniversary wine, a red wine blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah and Zinfandel.

Here is the schedule of events on May 16th:
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Biltmore American Series

The American Series from The Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate is all decked out for the holidays, making it a picturesque time to visit. But if you’re not able to tour the historic home and winery, you can still bring a part of it into your home.

The American Series of wines from the Biltmore Estate are American grown and North Carolina produced. Winemakers source the grapes from top vineyards and growers in California and Washington, then craft the wines at the estate winery in Asheville.

Biltmore American Pinot GrigioThe Biltmore Estate American Pinot Grigio 2013 is light and refreshing with citrus, pear and apple notes and a touch of sweet tangerine. It’s a blend of California (90%) and Washington (10%) grapes, with a small amount of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay added to the Pinot Grigio. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks at a low temperature to preserve the fresh fruit characteristics.

Winemakers at the Biltmore Estate suggest pairing the American Pinot Grigio with calamari with creamy lime sauce, scallops wrapped in bacon, crab cakes, chicken, seafood and tuna salads. $12, 13.6% alcohol

Biltmore American Pinot NoirThe Biltmore Estate American Pinot Noir 2012 has the lushness you look for in Pinot with an inviting spiciness from the addition of Syrah. Costing less than $20, it’s a great value. The grapes for this wine came entirely from California. After fermentation the wine spent six to eight months aging in stainless steel tanks, French and American oak barrels. Red cherry, plum and vanilla flavors mingle with white pepper and baking spice.

A versatile wine, the Biltmore Estate American Pinot Noir may be enjoyed with the varied flavors of any holiday meal. Other suggested pairings include salmon, smoked turkey, barbecue and Boursin cheese.
$17, 14.2% alcohol

Biltmore American Cabernet SauvignonThe Biltmore Estate American Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 brings together California, Washington and North Carolina, with 45% of the grapes coming from the estate vineyards in Asheville (46% from California and 9% from Washington). Rounding out the Cabernet Sauvignon is a touch of Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Malbec and Pinot Noir. The wine was aged eight to twelve months in French and American oak barrels before it was blended and bottled. Medium in body with soft tannins, the red wine has supple notes of black currant, black cherry, boysenberry, vanilla and rosemary.

Suggested pairings from the Biltmore winemakers include lamb with rosemary, hamburgers and smoked Gouda cheese.
$17, 13.6% alcohol

For more information on the American Series and the other wines from the Biltmore Estate visit biltmorewines.com.

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