Tag Archives: Biltmore Estate

Columnist readies himself for a huge project: Italian Wines

By Justin Manjorin | Wine & Food Editor The lifeblood of a newspaper is the advertising base, which enables it to be published. Jeff has done a superb job in gathering advertisers. In fact, he has done so well that there wasn’t room in the first few issues for my column. So this is the first of many for this year. I wish everyone a belated Happy New Year and I hope your Holidays were everything you wanted them to be. It is amazing that so much effort, time and love goes into something, which passes so quickly. I want to thank those who contacted me with questions regarding wine gifts. It was a ple…

Wine guru for newspaper lays out ambitious agenda for the New Year

By Justin Manjorin | Wine & Food Editor The holidays pass quickly! I want to thank those of you who contacted me with questions regarding wine gifts. It was a pleasure for me, and I would appreciate some feedback as to how it worked out. I have no idea where last year went. Last year, we covered many of the wineries in North Carolina in the state’s three American Viticultural Area, with a side trip to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. In addition, there were specialty articles about certain types of wines and food pairings. An ‘Introduction to Wine Tasting 101’ is in our future! Since we ha…

Dark wines evolve from juice that is almost always white! How?

  By Justin Manjorin | Wine & Food Editor The Biltmore Estate in Asheville produces eight Rose’ and Sparkling wines ranging from dry to semi-sweet. I have tasted all, and I prefer the winery’s Reds over the Rose’. I do like sparkling wines, especially in more celebrated situations. I tend to drink a Rose’ in the warmer weather when the food being served calls for something more assertive than White. Let’s start with the driest of the Rose’ and proceed to the sweetest. In truth, none of these wines are very sweet. They might approach the semi-sweet level. Blanc de Noir means…

Some Biltmore wines taste better when young. Others need aging.

  By Justin Manjorin | Wine & Food Editor Biltmore Estate in Asheville is the nation’s most-visited winery. There you will find some unusual wines! It is not that these wines are rare or difficult to find, but rather when the vines were planted they were not as well known as they are today. The 2009 Reserve Cabernet Franc is a pale red wine with aromas of black pepper, smoke and cedar. This wine is used as a blending wine along with Merlot in the Bordeaux region of France. It pairs well with duck, wild game and especially with mushrooms. This wine retails for about $25. Try the Limited Relea…

A low-tannin Merlot makes excellent choice for the novice wine drinker

By Justin Manjorin | Wine & Food Editor all has been with us for about a week and my thoughts start to turn toward Red wines. Although tasty at any time of the year, I enjoy this style of wine in the Autumn and the Winter as they pair with the heartier foods that we tend to eat during these seasons. While there are many producers of fine Red wines in North Carolina, the Biltmore Estate offers a fairly large number (about 21) of consistently good award-winning wines, ranging from Cabernet Sauvignon to Zinfandel. These wines are available in almost all of the supermarkets in Pamlico, Beaufort and Cr…

Basic beauty of wine: Something for everyone in vast array of aromas, flavors

By Justin Manjorin | Wine & Food Editor As you may recall from a recent column, there are 12 whites produced by the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, representing six different varieties of grapes: Chenin Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Riesling, Viognier and Biltmore Century white, which is a Meritage (a blend). While I mentioned the driest whites in the last column, the next group of wines – though still dry — are becoming slightly sweeter. This is a relative not an absolute term. None of the wines produced at the Biltmore would ever remotely approach the sweetness level of a ̶…

North Carolina host to nation’s most visited winery – Biltmore Estate

By Justin Manjorin | Wine & Food Editor A number of years ago when I was still traveling to California’s Napa Valley wine country, if I had been asked what winery had the most visitors, I would have picked Mondovi or Sterling in the Napa area. It turns out that the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, has the most with about one million people visiting per year. I am not sure if I have discovered all of the wines produced by the Estate (as many are only sold at the winery) and for a time there were some wines that were only sold at the Estate’s restaurant. Many of the wines are ava…

Low turnover among Winemakers leads to success at Biltmore

By Justin Manjorin | Wine & Food Editor Many wineries produce good wine but The Biltmore Estate does it consistently. What allows them to produce excellent wine in so many categories? Is it a deep dark secret? Let’s take a look. Some of the finest wines are produced from marginal soil conditions, which forces the vines to grow deeper or produce fewer grapes with a more intense flavor. The Biltmore Estate vineyards are located near the French Broad River. About 250 tons of grapes are harvested annually depending on the weather, and all of the grapes are picked by hand. The wine yield is r…

North Carolina home to the most visited winery in the nation

By Justin Manjorin | Wine & Food Editor My last few columns have been devoted to the latest developments in the various American Viticultural Areas of North Carolina. No review of wine makers in our state would be complete without THE BILTMORE ESTATE. At 75,000 cases of wine per year, this estate does not have the largest production here in North Carolina but it does produce award-winning wines year after year. In my opinion, The Biltmore has the most beautiful setting of any winery in the state. For those of you who have visited The Biltmore Estate, you know what it is about. For the rest of you…

Grapes do better than silk at this Chatham County winery

  By Justin Manjorin | Wine & Food Editor In my last column, I mentioned Starrlight Mead but didn’t explain to you what mead is. To me, Mead brings up images of the Middle Ages, knights, and Robin Hood. Basically, Mead is a fermented beverage, closer to wine than beer, but in the past it was often drunk out of the same type horns used for Ale. In the simplest form, Mead is a product produced from honey, water and yeast. Mead can be made in styles ranging from dry to quite sweet. For those of you who are curious, Starrlight Mead can be purchased from the Meadery and shipped within North Caro…
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