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 BelliniServes 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 PunchServes 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 PunchServes 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 SlipperServes 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.
These look simply delicious! I’m definitely going to find time to try them and that Blackberry Sparkling Punch sounds fabulous!
That was my favorite of the cocktails! Fresh, light & not too sweet.
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?