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Beans Creek Winery wins top competition awards

Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013 at 10:09 am

Tennessee has made global news for its award-winning wines, according to information from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

High on the medals list at the recent Indy International Wine Competition at Purdue University was Beans Creek Winery located at 426 Ragsdale Road in Manchester.

For its port wine, “Apropos,” Beans Creek Winery was awarded a prestigious Double Gold Medal, meaning that every one of the 44 judges at the event voted for that wine to receive a gold medal, said state viticulture marketing specialist Tammy Algood.

Beans Creek Winery also won a silver medal for its Sparkling Strawberry and a bronze for its Chardonel.

In all. Tennessee wineries took home a total of 21 medals, Algood said.

The West Lafayette, Ind., event attracted more than 2,300 wines from 39 states and 14 countries as far away as France, Australia, Chile and Greece.

The wines were judged by 44 international experts in a completely blind taste competition based on appearance, aroma, taste and aftertaste.

The Indy is the largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition in the United States, which is the world’s largest wine market, according to Algood.

“The competition is closely watched by wine writers, winemakers, winegrowers and enologists, chefs and sommeliers, wine distributors and retailers,” she said.

Tom and Becky Brown are the founders and office managers of Beans Creek, and Josh Brown is wine production manager.

Their grapes are purchased from a number of area counties.

The winery has tastings and regular musical programs for the public. The contact number is 931-723-2294.

For more information about Tennessee wines and wineries contact the Tennessee Department of Agriculture at tammy.algood@tn.gov. For a directory of Tennessee wineries, wine trails, and recipes paired with or using Tennessee wines, visit the website www.picktnproducts.org.