Saturday, March 5, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast, More on Wine

In our last blog we talked about some wineries in the immediate area that could be enjoyed in day trips from our home.  In this blog our Asheville Bed and Breakfast, More on Wine is the topic.  In discussion with our guests here at the inn,  it became apparent that while guests may enjoy many different varieties of wine they generally have a "go to" wine. Thought it useful to take a few of the wineries listed in the last blog and provide a list of the wines they specialize in at that winery and in that way assist people in choosing the day trip they would most enjoy.

1.  Biltmore Estate:  Obviously, Biltmore Winery is the closest to At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn. Their vineyard is in a valley adjacent to the French Broad River. No matter who you talk to in the wine business every single one of them site weather as the "wild card." Asheville is customarily reasonably reliable as the surrounding mountains offer a diversion of some of the harsher elements.  Now, this year, all bets were off of that I am sure.   Biltmore varieties include Chardonnay, Riesling, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. All grapes are picked by hand, with a harvest averaging 250 tons of grapes annually. Your Biltmore Estate Day Pass includes both a tour of the winery as well as complimentary tasting.

2.  Rockhouse:  2 styles of Chardonnay.  One a barrel-fermented blend and rounding out the assortment; a Native Yeast Chardonnay.  A Viognier, their classic Rhone and all their white wines are whole-cluster pressed and aged sur lie in French oak barrels  Red wines Bordeaux varietals would encompass Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

3.  South Creek:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Maestro, Chardonnay and Chardonnay Reserve.

4.  Owl's Eye Vineyard:  Chardonnay, South Mountain Scarlett (dry red blend of Merlot, Malbec, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc), Chambourcin, Blackberry and "Pink Eye" Rose'.

For all you little wine folks looking for a more adventurous, boots on the ground day than a visit to our local source, The Wine Guy for his expertise in choosing a fine bottle of wine for the evening, this should provide all the information you need to make your best "day tour" selection.
Hopefully it will lead you to the winery that would provide the variety of wine you most enjoy to drink.  No sense in going out on a day trip and coming home empty grape-ed.  What kind of fun would that be? 











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