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During the late 1800s it seemed that wine grapes would become the most important cash crop in Tennessee. Prohibition all but killed this notion and it would be almost 100 years before Tennessee would witness a rebirth of the industry. The majority of Tennessee’s 24 wineries are concentrated in the middle and eastern parts of the state, where farmers were eager to find a good alternative crop to offset the declining tobacco industry. Most wineries are working with American cluster grapes and French-American hybrids, which seem the most adaptable to Tennessee’s humid growing conditions. Wineries also struggle to find varietals hardy enough to withstand cold winters, while still producing wines with appeal to consumers. Vitas vinifera varieties are very susceptible to fungal diseases in these parts, making them problematic for Tennessee growers. It is fair to say that the search for the right terroir-varietal match-up is in the early stages in Tennessee. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Lenoir Grape

    This red-fleshed grape is a popular variety in Texas, where it is sometimes blended with Ruby Cabernet to make red ta...

  • Muscadine

    Muscadines (Vitis rotundifolia) are a grapevine species native to the present-day southeastern United States that has...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Sumner Crest

    In The Summer of 1997, 2 brothers expressed their passion for the county they loved. The people ...

  • Arrington Vineyards

    Arrington Vineyards was founded in 2005 by country artist Kix Brooks, businessman Fred Mindermann...

  • Beachaven Vineyards & Winery

    In the early 1900's, Tennessee, like most states at that time, had many small vineyards producin...

  • Beans Creek Winery

    Beans Creek Winery began as a dream no larger than a grape. Tom made his first wine in 1976 in a ...

  • Tennessee Valley Winery

    Our wines have won over 800 awards from California to New York and everywhere in between. We offe...

  • Old Millington Vineyard & Winery

    Old Millington Vineyard and Winery is a small country operation located 14 miles north of downtow...

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  • Sn2104153 - I take it this is a commercial venture and that you are bottling ... heard of these being done in Tennessee, but then again I live in Wisconsin and probably would never have heard of them unless I ran across a post like this.I looked up all 3.  Do you have pics and data as to availability?  Any major wine tastings that I could look... Read More

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  • We are growing both the Corot Noir and the Noiret in Eastern Tennessee. We have made wine from both. The Noiret has a fabulous flavor for fresh eating. The wines we have made thus far are not great on their own but we are blending them with Chambourcin. Read More

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  • Where I am right now it's 95 Fahrenheit in the late afternoon with relative ... ... of August weather in Tennessee, since they tend to enervate in this weather. Autumn through spring the Chinon (nor do I tend to want to drink it chilled) and many other reds would do me well. But now, not so much.Do your local shops have websites. hurstdp? Poin... Read More

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  • I'm in Tennessee.  I was considering rose or acidic white - any suggestions on types of whites (i.e. Sauvignon Blanc?) Read More

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  • Tennessee Homemade Wines


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  • Well I will say that the mid south is one of the prettiest regions in the ... ... But from Virginia through to Tennessee and Kentucky, it's really marvelous.In the same way, the northeast is one of the most spectacular regions in the fall. The colors are magnificent and there's a sense of melancholy because you know that in a few weeks it's go... Read More

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  • Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whisky Honey Liqueur 1000 NV


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  • Have had it several times before. Personally I'm not a big fan of ... like ... like certain whiskeys from Tennessee and Kentucky.Yamazaki has been around for years in Japan, which after WWII became something of a whisky drinking country for salaried employees unwinding after long workdays with something other than Sake or beer (though that has... Read More

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  • Arrington Vineyards Viognier 2007


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    Wine review by mark

  • Benjamin Prichards Rye Whiskey NV


    A classic Rye with significant spice, pepper, and bite. Opens beautifully with more notes of hot & bright cinnamon, then tobacco and smoke. Great sipping with a giant cube/globe of ice Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

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