VOLUME 10, ISSUE 2
December 22, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
2014 Pinot Noir All-Americans 2014 California Pinot Noir First Team All-Americans 2014 California Pinot Noir Second Team All-Americans 2014 California Pinot Noir Honorable Mention All-Americans 2014 California Value Priced Pinot Noir First Team All-Americans 2014 California Value Priced Honorable Mention All-Americans 2014 Oregon Pinot Noir First Team All-Americans 2014 Oregon Pinot Noir Second Team All-Americans 2014 Oregon Value Priced Pinot Noir First Team All-Americans 2014 Oregon Value Priced Pinot Noir Honorable Mention All-Americans 2014 California Chardonnay All-Americans 2014 California & Oregon Value Priced Chardonnay All-Americans First Encounters of Noteworthy Pinot Noir Producers in 2014 Winery of Year: White Rose Estate Best Wine Quotes of 2014 Happy Holidays!
This winery is located on an 8,000-acre property in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Created by George W. Vanderbilt in 1895, George's grandson, William A.V. Cecil began a winemaking program on the estate nearly a decade later.
The first vines on the property were French-American hybrids followed in a few years by vinifera vines. Veteran winemaker and vineyardist Philippe Jourdain was hired as a consultant and eventually became the full-time winemaker for Biltmore. Today, Biltmore offers more than 50 different wines and produces 2 million bottles a year. All current wine production is under the direction of Bernard Delille, a former assistant to Philippe, and Sharon Fenchak, who came to Biltmore in 1999. The vineyard director is Dennis Wynne.
The winemakers travel to the West Coast several times a year to visit vineyards and select fruit for their wines. The wines won three Best of Class awards at the 2011 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition for the Blanc de Blanc Sparkling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Century Red wines.
The winery is housed in the original dairy barn in the heart of the estate's new Antler Hill Village. There are multiple options for touring and tasting, places to eat, and lodging at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. The winery hosts more than a million visitors a year.
The wines enjoy national distribution. The offerings include a Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir.
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