Wine Wednesday: Arrington Vineyards Takes Best of Show at Wines of the South



Who says that Kix Brooks hasn't had a hit lately since his band became known as "Brooks and Done?" His Arrington Vineyards recently bested wineries from fourteen states to win the Best of Show title at the recent Wines of the South competition, hosted by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The 2008 KB 308 Cabernet Sauvignon is made from grapes sourced from California and Washington, but the actual wine making took place in our backyard as the delicious juice sat in repose for 18 months in a combination of French and American oak.

With a bit of Petit Verdot and Syrah mixed in to add structure, color and complexity, KB 308 is gifted with aromas of woody chocolate and cherry and a spicy fruit-forward taste on the palate. After six years of production, the experts at Arrington have really found their groove with wines that measure up against some of the best wines produced east of the Mississippi. No longer dependent on sweet dessert wines or obscure varietals to impress, Arrington now goes boot to boot with other wineries with their big-bodied Cabernets, a fine Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah. They also have a Pinot Noir coming out for the first time that we're really looking forward to tasting.

Other Tennessee big winners in the competition include Stonehaus Winery, which won the Best of Sparkling with their 2010 Tickled Pink, and Century Farm Winery which took home the William O. Beach Award for the best use of Tennessee grapes. Concordance, Gold and Silver awards went home with the above mentioned wineries as well as Hillside Winery, Tennessee Valley Winery, Keg Springs Winery, Beans Creek Winery, Sugarland Cellars, Mountain Valley Winery, Apple Barn Winery, Beachaven Vineyards and Winery, Old Millington Winery, Amber Falls Winery and Cellars, and Grinder's Switch Winery. I met the producers of Grinder's Switch last weekend at the Food Blogger Forum and really look forward to visiting their facility soon.

For winning, these wines will be featured at the Tennessee Food and Wine Festival in Knoxville the weekend of Oct. 21-22. The festival is an annual event that features educational sessions, gourmet food and wine and opportunities to sample and buy Tennessee food products and wines grown through the South. Sounds like a great reason to take a foliage tour of the hills of East Tennessee that weekend.

Tickets are only $10, with wine tasting available for 10 bucks more. To buy your tickets, visit the festival website here.

Add a comment