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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.

Click to read about The American Series from the Biltmore Estate

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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Get Inspired by Biltmore’s Century Wines & Win a Weekend Getaway

This summer bring a taste of Biltmore to your table – and enter for a chance to win a wine and culinary weekend at the Asheville, North Carolina estate.

Biltmore produces a range of white, red, rosé and sparkling wines using grapes grown in North Carolina and California. The Biltmore Century Collection, first released in 1999 to commemorate Biltmore’s 100th anniversary, are among their most popular wines.

The Biltmore Century Collection was crafted to be fun, approachable and delicious, and to enable people to re-live their Biltmore experience at home. Each wine comes in an etched bottle depicting the Biltmore House.

The Biltmore Century White Wine is an aromatic blend of Gewurztraminer, Muscat Canelli, Riesling and Symphony (an American viticulturalist-created cross of Muscat and Grenache Gris). The majority of the grapes came from California, with a small percentage from the estate’s vineyards in North Carolina. The wine is light and refreshing with gently sweet flavors of lemon, lime, honeydew, lychee and rose. The Biltmore Century White Wine is enjoyable as an aperitif or with Asian or spicy cuisine.

The Biltmore Century Rosé is a blend of Syrah and Grenache from California. Light magenta in color, the wine has off-dry flavors of raspberry, strawberry and violet. It’s a great wine for brunch or for sipping outdoors on the patio. Serve it with turkey, pork or white fish.

The Italian-style Biltmore Century Red Wine is a fruit forward blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Zinfandel from central and northern California. The wine spent 10 to 18 months in French and American oak barrels. Smooth and easy to drink, this red has flavors of boysenberry, black cherry and plum, with a touch of vanilla and smoke. It’s great with hamburgers, steaks or barbecue.

The Biltmore Century wines are priced around $15 per bottle. They can be purchased at wine shops or online. Click here to find a retailer near you.

Let one of Biltmore’s Century wines inspire your meal for the chance to win a culinary and wine weekend at Biltmore!

Submit your best original recipe (appetizer, entrée or dessert) and recommend one of Biltmore’s three Century Wines to pair with it. Submissions will be presented before a panel of Biltmore’s top chefs. For more information and to enter the contest visit www.biltmore.com/recipecontest. The contest runs through August 31st.

Here are the prizes:

Grand Prize Winner Receives a Culinary & Wine Weekend at Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina
— Two night accommodations at the Inn on Biltmore Estate for winner and one guest (1 room/double occupancy)
— Two length-of-stay daytime admission tickets to the estate grounds
— Chef’s breakfast buffet daily at the Inn on Biltmore Estate
— One lunch for two up to $100 value at Stable Café on Biltmore Estate
— One dinner for two at Bistro on Biltmore Estate up to $150 value at Biltmore
— A private winery tour and tasting, guided tour of estate vineyards and Field-to-Table garden on west side of estate
— One $200 pre-paid gift card to supplement travel expenses
— Recipe will be featured on the menu of an estate restaurant and on Biltmore.com

Two First Place Winners Will Receive Wine & Food Pairing Dinner at a local restaurant
— Dinner for winner and three guests at a local restaurant nearby winner’s place of residence up to $300 value
— Where legal and available, wine and associated corkage fees will be provided by company to pair with meal
— Recipe will be featured on Biltmore.com

Fan Favorite: The three recipes with the most votes in each category will receive:
— Biltmore-inspired food and wine prize pack
— Recipe featured on Biltmore.com

Click here to enter the Biltmore Savor Summer recipe contest

AG Pick: Biltmore Estate Chateau Reserve Blanc de Blancs 2008

Small and energetic bubbles. Citrus and tropical fruit flavors.

This description could apply to a number of Champagnes and sparkling wines. But I’m not talking about French bubbly — I’m talking about North Carolina.

The sparkling wine: the 2008 Biltmore Estate Château Reserve Blanc de Blancs.

This brut is made from Chardonnay grapes grown in North Carolina and produced using the same traditional method as Champagne.

You may not have heard of the wine, but you most likely know its name. The Biltmore Estate is the home of George Vanderbilt and is a popular attraction in Asheville, North Carolina.

While the estate and gardens date back to the late 1800s, the winery is more recent. The first French-American hybrid grapes were planted in 1971, with vitis vinifera (traditional wine grapes) planted a few years later. Today the estate grows Chardonnay, Riesling, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The winery also produces wines made with grapes from California.

Though it may not have the recognition of a California winery, the Biltmore Estate is the most visited winery in the United States, welcoming more than one million visitors each year.

Biltmore Estate’s wines have won awards at national and international competitions.  One sip of the 2008 Château Reserve Blanc de Blancs and you’ll understand why.

Without seeing the label, you would never guess this sparkling wine comes from the southeast United States. It is dry and elegant, with flavors of tart lemon, white grapefruit and pineapple.  A hint of toast rounds out the palate, and the finish is clean and crisp.

This brut is versatile and can be enjoyed on its own, with shellfish and seafood, light pasta dishes and spicy Asian cuisine.

Biltmore Estate wines are sold at wine shops throughout the eastern part of country and online. A bottle of the 2008 Biltmore Estate Château Reserve Blanc de Blancs costs approximately $29.

12.5% alcohol by volume

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A Taste of Asheville in Atlanta

Been itching for a trip out of town but can’t get away from Atlanta this month?  Let one of the southeast’s top vacation spots come to you!

30 Days of Asheville is a month of entertainment, tastings and free goodies that showcase what the western North Carolina city has to offer.

From beer and cheese samplings to film screenings and lunchtime concerts, there’s something going on every day in March.

Asheville, a 3 and a half hour drive from Atlanta, was recently listed by Fodor’s as one of the top must-see cities in the world for 2011.  The city nestled in the Appalachian Mountains features an eclectic downtown area with shops, restaurants and art galleries, a variety of outdoor activities and a thriving live music scene.

Atlanta travelers will get to experience a trip to Asheville with food tastings each Wednesday at Murphy’s and brew tap takeovers each Thursday at Tap, plus hot air balloon rides, farm-fresh cooking classes and a flash mob surprise from the Asheville Drum Circle.

At the events you’ll be able to pick up an Atlanta VIP Card to get special deals for your next trip to Asheville.

Visit 30DaysofAsheville.com for the full calendar of events and giveaways.  Daily tips and updates are available on Facebook and Twitter via @AshevilleDeals.

30 Days of Asheville is organized by the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Photos courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau