Natchez Hills continues to create new and interesting blends such as their popular new offering called La Fusion which is a blend of estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot infused with local honey and a blend of spices. Natchez Hills Vineyard is located at 109 Overhead Bridge Road in Hampshire. Visit online at natchezhills.com or call 931285-2500.
Grinder’s Switch Winery currently has a seven acre vineyard Winemaker Joey Chessor at Grinder’s Switch Winery that includes five different varieties of grapes. Those varieties are for Natchez Hills. Natchez Hills is a young vineCabernet Sauvignon, Touriga Nayard planted in 2008 and is just coming into it’s çionale, Chambourcin and two varieties of musown in terms of mature yields. “We had a very cadine grapes. While every year is different, a good harvest of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, good harvest will yield about 10-12 tons of fruit Chardonnay and Traminette this year,” Jim com- in total. Joey and Gail Chessor founded and opmented. “We hope to create some interesting erate the family owned winery. and flavorful estate wines and blends from this “Our most popular wines by far, are our year’s harvest. We will also bring in fruit from sweet wines,” Jodie Chessor explained. “This is California and Washington state to round out the South after all and folks down here love a litour wine portfolio.”
tle sugar in everything (except cornbread and biscuits). Blackberry Express is our best seller across all of our platforms, but really all of our sweets are really popular. I would say that Blondy, Switch Red and Honeysuckle Rose are consistent favorites and we have to make sure to never run out of those.” Over the past year or so, Grinder’s Switch has concentrated on broadening their dry wine selection. “The demand for those wines has increased dramatically since we opened our Nashville location at Marathon Village last April,” Jodie continued. So far this year, they have released two new dry white wines, Magnolia White (a dry Gewürztraminer) and a new Vidal Blanc. “Tennessee has 52 wineries now and more are opening every year. It’s amazing when you think about all of the hard work that goes into making wine. It’s not an easy business. Winery owners have to be farmers, scientists, bartenders, marketing specialists, social media experts and even the janitor! There are early mornings and late nights and a lot of nail biting while watching the weather reports. But Tennessee wine has a lot to offer and it’s exciting to think about what the future holds,” Jodie concluded.
Browse collection to feed elephants at the Sanctuary The Elephant Sanctuary
all is a great time to prune small way,” said Lead trees and shrubs—this year Caregiver Kristy E., who southern middle Tennessee helped to spearhead the residents can forgo the curbside program. pick-up and leave their trimmings Elephants have large to the elephants instead. On Sat- appetites. Those at The urday, October 22, the public can Sanctuary consume up bring their tree and shrub trim- to 150 pounds of plant mings to the Elephant Discovery material, fruits, vegetaCenter in downtown Hohenwald bles and grain each day, for the elephants at The Elephant approximately four to seven perSanctuary in Tennessee. Although cent of their body weight. To prothe elephants will remain in their vide enrichment and supplement habitats and won’t be present at the elephants’ decreased foraging the Elephant Browse Collection opportunities during the fall and event, local residents are encour- winter months, caregivers supply aged to donate their trimmings to browse –non-toxic branches and help feed their elephant neighbors leaves from specific species of trees and sustain the elephant habitats’ and shrubs, which are a part of the resources. elephants’ regular diets. “The purpose of this program From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Satis to not only provide the elephants urday, October 22, southern midwith more variety to their diet but dle Tennessee residents can bring to also allow the public to donate their browse—tree and plant trimand connect to the elephants in a . 20 Validitymag.com
mings—to the The Sanctuary’s landscape collection truck that will be parked in the lot behind The Sanctuary’s Elephant Discovery Center in downtown Hohenwald. Sanctuary staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide more information on the elephants and the Browse Collection Program. All donated trimmings must be freshly cut, no older than two weeks and never have been sprayed or treated with pesticides or chemicals. Visit validitymag.com to see a full list of approved trimmings.
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, located in Hohenwald, provides elephants that have been retired from exhibit or performing with individualized care, the companionship of a herd and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their wellbeing. For more information, visit elephants.com or call 931-796-6500. The Elephant Discovery Center is located at 27 E Main St, Hohenwald, TN 38462.
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