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The Vineyard Year: Harvest

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Chuck and Alice Belt of Spout Spring Estate Vineyards summed up the Great Valley Wine Trail growers' feelings towards harvest perfectly. "Harvest is the hardest part of the year for us," said Chuck. "But everybody enjoys it," said Alice. For most of our member vineyards, harvest stretches from August through October, "depending on Mother Nature," [...]

The Vineyard Year: Veraison

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In the Great Valley of East Tennessee we are experiencing the "Dog Days" of summer; the hottest, most sultry days of our humid sub-tropical climate.  This is a critical time in the vineyard as excessive heat, sunlight, drought, and high humidity can adversely impact fruit quality and the resulting wines. Our neighbors are beating the heat on [...]

Tennessee wine in grocery stores?

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July 1 is going to be a great day for wine lovers all across Tennessee. That is the day when legislation allowing wine sales in Tennessee grocery stores will go into effect. Approved in 2014, the law lets grocery stores sell wine in Tennessee counties or municipalities that have approved such sales by local option election. According [...]

The Vineyard Year: Bloom through Fruit Set

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It's been a beautiful spring in the Great Valley of East Tennessee. We've seen moderate to cool temperatures and a relatively normal balance between sunshine and rain.  We did have a late frost scare, which can be particularly damaging for some early budding varieties like Chardonnay, but fortunately little damage occurred, especially if late pruning was done.  If [...]

A “dry” U.S. needed the Income Tax to keep money flowing

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Income Tax was directly related to Prohibition The 18th Amendment to the Constitution enacted Prohibition in the United States, which lasted from 1919 to 1933. According to Ken Burn's film, "Prohibition," one of the stumbling blocks advocates of Prohibition faced was that some 30 percent to 40 percent of the government's income came from the [...]

Roundtable boosts quality on Thunder Road

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Meetings and evaluations. For most of the workaday world, these are boring at best, awkward at worst. But the winemakers and proprietors of Thunder Road Trail, one of two wine trails in Nine Lakes Wine Country of East Tennessee, enjoy something a bit more fun. Each quarter, they get together for wine, food and fellowship [...]