Monday, January 11, 2010

Winter Garden & Stonehaus Wine Tasting

With winter in full swing, the garden to the naked eye is looking pretty bleak. It only takes a rare January day above freezing though to stir thoughts of seeds, weeds, and with vines ripened, the heirloom tomatoes we will serve at the Inn this summer. This is the time for planning and preparing. What will we grow, how to grow it better and what will we do with it when it is ready are just some of the thoughts wondering around in my fleece hat, covered head this week.

Since our guests need more to chew on than my garden dreaming, we have a fun indoor evening planned with one of our Tennessee purveyors Friday night. Rob Ramsey with Stonehaus Winery in Crossville will host a tasting of their most popular and award-winning wines before dinner. We are even getting to taste a Merlot that is still in the barrel phase and not yet bottled, a rare treat. Rob is an expert at explaining wines, their flavors and the process that goes into making them. Stonehaus Winery is a long standing, Tennessee, family run business and we are proud to keep a few of their wines on our menu. It is a must to stop by the winery for a tour and tasting to see the combination of expertise and love that goes into making these Tennessee wines.

We look forward to seeing you at the Mill. It is back to the kitchen for me. Time to stop dreaming of the garden and get to work on our wine tasting dinner!

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