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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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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 ...

  • Beachaven Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Stonehaus Winery

    Stonehaus Winery is located high atop Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau. Stonehaus Winery is open to...

  • 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...

  • Grinder's Switch Winery, Inc.

    Located on a 110 acre estate in the small town of Centerville, TN Grinder's Switch Winery is a co...

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  • Tennessee Homemade Wines


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    Wine review by mstout

  • 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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    Wine review by mark

  • 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

  • Stonehaus Winery Muscadine NV


    If you like the distinctive flavor muscadine, you will love this one. Very light and sweet...wonderful sipping wine. Read More

    Wine review by sgil512

  • Pritchard's Double Barrel Bourbon


    Pritchards employs the unique process of aging their bourbon, then re-barreling it in charred oak barrels and aging it again. This method strengthens the oak notes characteristic of great bourbon, and the resulting product is full, warm, and sweet. Read More

    Wine review by Kirsy

  • Jack Daniels Holiday Select Jack Daniels Holiday Select 2012


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    Wine review by Vytautas Leskauskas

  • Illinois Cellars Apple Wine 1999


    Nice gloden color. Nose full of apple cobbler! YUM! No tart apple here, lots of golden delishis and pineapple. Lovely cinnamon spice finish. Fantastic wine for fall and friends! Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

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