Friday, November 21, 2008

Wine Corner Review #40: Biltmore Estate House Red Wine

Here's a surprising fact: The most visited winery in the United States is NOT located in either the Napa or Sonoma valleys of California. Instead, it operates near the largest private house in North America (not actually at the house, but just down the road in a separate facility), specifically The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Built by George Vanderbilt in 1895, the Biltmore house and legacy are preserved today by great-grandson William Cecil, who is also direct descendant and namesake of Lord Burghley, Lord Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth I of England. If all this talk of history and royalty muddles your head, then William Cecil the younger might have an excellent solution: Try a glass or three of one of the Biltmore Estates renown wines, in this case the Biltmore Estate House Red Wine.

The robe of the Biltmore Estate House Red Wine is deep garnet, the perfect color of January's birthstone. The nose is musty plum, with light touches of blueberry. Black currant, blackberry and black pepper play softly upon the palate, resolving themselves into a surprising finish of ginger. This very approachable quaff is marvelous when paired with pork chops and grilled meats, but is also uncomplicated enough to be served with pizza. Website is, where you will learn that there is much more to Biltmore than just a big house. Imbibe your history lesson soon, and of course:



Classy&Sassy said...

When I was in Hawaii, they said that the winery there was the most visited in the country. I think it's called Tedeschi. I could be wrong, though - on the stats and name, actually. I'm going to look into this :)

Food Czar said...

C&S, I've actually been to the Tedeschi winery in Maui's upcountry. Very picturesque, of course, like most of Hawaii. I believe they are mostly known for their sparkling wine. I would guess that either Biltmore or Tedeschi could rightfully make that claim, depending on how the term "most visited winery" is defined.