Tasting our first Tennessee wine.

The Verdict? ūüć∑ūüć∑¬†(out of 4)

We were a little surprised, too, to learn that wine grapes are grown in Tennessee. All jokes about Appalachia and Moonshine aside, please, I guess we thought Tennessee was as much a wine region as Austria is a mecca for barbeque.

Following a little outing and an amazing lunch (more on the outing and the lunch later) we stopped at Cades Cove Cellars for a tasting.

A newish winery, since 2012, the “Cellar” was cozy with Christmas glow. We sampled the driest red and white on hand and were quite pleasantly surprised! ¬†The red, named, “Legacy” is aged in a Bourbon barrel and has a nice finish. It is a table wine so we’ll have to enjoy it sooner rather than later, but that’s okay. ¬†Our favored white of the tasting, named “Abrams Falls,” is also a table wine that was clean and dry, though not as dry as we prefer, but the grapes are grown in Tennessee! Still, entirely quaffable. And the labels are beautiful.

We left the cellar with two Abrams Falls and one Legacy. I can not write that we will make a specific trip to the winery to add to our collection, as table wines have a short life span, but when we’re out in that area again we’ll probably pick up a bottle.