NC Wineries Win at San Francisco Wine Competition!

More that 5,800 wines were evaluated by 48 judges over three days. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest in North America and one of the most influential commercial competitions of American wine. Several North Carolina wineries won medals in the 2022 competition. The list of winners include JOLO Winery and Vineyards, BiltmoreContinue reading “NC Wineries Win at San Francisco Wine Competition!”

Biltmore Christmas Wines – Past Four Year Ratings

Each Year End for the Holiday season Biltmore Estate Winery releases a Christmas Red and Christmas White. As Biltmore wine club members, we’ve been fortunate to taste a bottle of both each of the past four seasons. We thought it’d be interesting to look back and see just how we rated each release. Each releaseContinue reading “Biltmore Christmas Wines – Past Four Year Ratings”

Sémillon – Biltmore Estate

Sémillon Limited Release. Vintage 2020. Biltmore Estate Winery, Asheville, North Carolina Sémillon is not a grape grown in North Carolina, so this fruit was sourced from Northern California. Pale yellow in color. Moderate intensity nose of pear, apricot, apple pie, lemon, brie, and honey. Dry on the palate, medium-light acidity with a full structured mouthfeel.Continue reading “Sémillon – Biltmore Estate”

Gewürztraminer – Biltmore

Gewürztraminer. American sourced fruit from varying West coast regions. Limited Release. Baltimore Estate Winery. Vintage 2019. Medium-pale lemon in color. Light almost brilliantly clear rim, showing impressive legs for a white wine. Pronounced nose with a rose, jasmine, and honeysuckle floral bouquet, expressive with big notes of white peach, lemon, and honey. Full bodied wine,Continue reading “Gewürztraminer – Biltmore”

Révant – Biltmore Estate

Révant Biltmore Estate Winery White wine blend. Pale lemon in color. Nose of white peach, honeysuckle, lemon, banana, lychee, and cream cheese. Light bodied with medium-high acidity. Labeled as off-dry but drinks more semi-sweet. Flavor profile prominent of white peach, persimmon, banana, paw paw, lemon custard, and cream. The finish is short but pleasant. AnContinue reading “Révant – Biltmore Estate”

Dry Rosé – Biltmore

Dry Rosé The Winery at Biltmore Estate. Vintage 2019 Medium pink-orange in color. Medium bouquet of strawberries , cranberries, fresh sliced watermelon, honeysuckle, white peaches, and rose petals. Mildly prominent legs, medium acidity, and nice mouthfeel for a rosé. It’s dry on the tongue though does lend some slight residual sugar. Medium flavor profile ofContinue reading “Dry Rosé – Biltmore”

Dry Riesling – Biltmore

Dry Riesling. The Winery at Biltmore Estate. Vintage 2020. Limited Release. Serve chilled. Medium Lemon in color. Beautiful, just shimmers! Medium-high intensity aromas of grapefruit, lemon tart, mango, peach, pear, cantaloupe, apricot, mint, and dried herbs. Off-dry with medium-high acidity and medium-light body. Complex flavor profile with notes of lemon, grapefruit, pear preserves, apricot, slicedContinue reading “Dry Riesling – Biltmore”

Muscat Canelli – Biltmore Estate

Our wine tonight is the 2017 Muscat Canelli from the Biltmore Estate Winery.  Pale lemon in color. Enticing floral aromas of violets, lavender, and honeysuckle. Semi-sweet, light, with high acidity. Flavor notes of grapefruit, peach, pear, and lime, while finishing softly with hints of nutmeg. 12.5 % ABV. $17 a bottle.  Winery Escapade scoring onContinue reading “Muscat Canelli – Biltmore Estate”

Chenin Blanc – Biltmore Estate

Our wine tonight is the limited release Chenin Blanc from Biltmore Estate Winery in Asheville, North Carolina.  Vintage 2019 Limited Release. Fruit harvested from partner growers in California.  Pale gold in color.  Expressively floral bouquet with pleasantly aromatic hints of honeysuckle and lilac, plus lemon, mango, and pink grapefruit. Semi-sweet on the tongue exhibiting crispContinue reading “Chenin Blanc – Biltmore Estate”

Biltmore Estate Château Reserve Méthode Champenoise 2017

We were so fortunate to enjoy a virtual tasting with winemaker Sharon Fenchek as she led us in exploring her Biltmore Estate Château Reserve Méthode Champenoise 2017 North Carolina Blanc de Blancs Brut Sparkling Wine. First our tasting notes. Pale Lemon in color.  Dry, light body, high acidity, medium alcohol. Nose of green apple, lemon,Continue reading “Biltmore Estate Château Reserve Méthode Champenoise 2017”