Celebrate Valentines Day with Biltmore Estate’s Pas de Deux and Signature Sparkling Cocktails

Pas de Deux is a French ballet term meaning ‘steps of two‘; a duet. Much like classical ballet, wine making is also a duet; a delicate dance between winemaker and the grape. Winemaker Sharon Fenchak’s creation is a fruit-forward sparkling wine with aromas of orange blossom, and flavors of citrus and vanilla cream. The wine is crisp, slightly sweet, and sips well on its own as an aperitif or with confectioneries.

Many of us will be popping sparkling wines this Valentines day. Consider taking it one step further and choreograph an array of Biltmore Cocktails. Sipping these may take you back to the Gilded Age of elegant entertaining. To complete the evening, I’ve pared the Biltmore Pas de Deux Méthode Champenoise -Sec and these cocktails with a special Romance Dinner Menu!

Biltmore Blackberry Bellini

Serves One
In a Champagne flute add:
1oz blackberry brandy
1oz blackberry purée
½ oz simple syrup
Fill the glass with Pas de Deux and garnish with 2 floating blackberries.
 

Biltmore Sparkling Blackberry Punch

Serves One
In a cocktail shaker over ice combine:
1 oz light rum
¾ oz blackberry brandy
2 oz cranberry juice
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz blackberry purée
Shake well, strain mixture and serve over ice in a tumbler, fill glass with Pas de Deux. Garnish with blackberries and mint sprig.
 

Pomegranate Pas de Deux Punch

Serves one
In a cocktail shaker over ice combine:
1 ¼ oz orange vodka
¾ oz triple sec
1 oz pomegranate juice
½ oz fresh squeezed orange juice
Shake well, strain,  serve in a tall Champagne flute, fill glass with Pas de Deux. Garnish with orange wheel.
 

Ruby Slipper

Serves one
In a cocktail shaker combine:
1 ¼ oz raspberry vodka
1 oz red grapefruit juice
3/4  oz grenadine
Shake well and strain over ice in a tall Champagne flute, fill with 2 oz of Biltmore Pas de Deux.
 

Crafted from Muscat Canelli grapes from California; Monterey, Arroyo Seco | Alcohol 12.2% | Retails $18.99

Many thanks to Biltmore Estate , Winemaker Sharon Fenchak and Folsom and Associates for providing the wine.

~~ Romance Dinner Menu ~~

Renee Dobbs of Magnolia Days  is making a Mediterranean inspired appetizer – Shrimp Arnean.  Aromatics like celery, green onions, & parsley infuse into the shrimp overnight to create an ideal refreshing start to your special evening.
 
Valerie Cathell of Val’s Food and or Art in keeping with smoky, nutty, & aphrodisiac theme is making Roasted Creamy Mushroom Bisque with Caramelized Onions & Creme Fraiche and Smoked Oyster Pate.
 
Sunithi Selvraj of Sue’s Nutrition Buzz is wooing us towards healthy choices with her Pink Heart Healthy Grapefruit Pomegranate Salad.
 
Rashmi Primlani of  The Primlani Kitchen is making Osso Buco with Gremolata and Saffron Risotto.
 
Nicole Humphrey  Daily Dish Recipe is indulging us with her Pink Champagne Cupcakes with Strawberry Champagne Frosting – pink, delicate flavor, hint of champagne.
 
Isabel Laessig of Family Foodie is making her smooth & silky Portuguese Style Chocolate Mousse.
 
 Donna Currie of  Cookistry  is making her lovely Pimento Spiced Cheese Balls, perfect for spreading on crackers.

About Wine Everyday

Eileen Gross is the Chief Financial Officer for a financial services and risk management firm in Washington, DC. A 1983 Graduate of Fordham University, she is wine lover, traveler, and collector who shares her wine experiences on her blog “Wine Everyday." She is a contributing writer for 12most.com and is a member of the Society of Wine Educators.
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4 Responses to Celebrate Valentines Day with Biltmore Estate’s Pas de Deux and Signature Sparkling Cocktails

  1. These look simply delicious! I’m definitely going to find time to try them and that Blackberry Sparkling Punch sounds fabulous!

  2. Oh these cocktails sound so delicious! Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you Renee! My favorite was the Sparkling Blackberry Punch. The Wine is so nice sipping on it’s own as well. I haven’t been to the Vanderbilt mansion yet, but I’m longing to go. Have you been?

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