Tennessee wineries make The Wall Street Journal

May 25, 2007

Today’s Wall Street Journal has an article on the explosion of vineyards and wineries around the country. The Journal article reports that “There are 5,110 wineries in the country — 1,773 outside of California, Washington, Oregon and New York, according to the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.”

That’s a lot of corks in a lot of bottles.

The newspaper dispatchd a reporter to drive around and sample the various wines–how does one get a job like that?–and two Tennessee wineries were included among the five states featured in the piece: Holly Ridge Winery in Livingstone on the Cumberland Plateau and Sumner Crest Winery near Portland. Both make sweet wines. The piece quotes Curtis Wallin, owner of Holly Ridge Vineyards in Livingston, Tenn. as saying, “I don’t care much for sweet wines. But I do like the way they ring the cash register.” The photo below is of his wines.


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