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September 3, 2019

Buckhorn Dinners Pair Well With Wines

You may have noticed that our online dinner menu now carries suggestions for wines that will pair especially well with the selections.  Guests routinely ask us for pairing recommendations, so our suggestions will help you take out some of the guesswork.  A member of our team is taking a certificate program at Napa Valley Wine Academy http://www.napavalleywineacademy.com so we all will benefit from what she learns.

The wines offered by the ?Buckhorn Inn are food-friendly.

The aromas of wine are even more diverse than the flavors.

A really good food and wine pairing creates a balance between the flavors of the dish and the characteristics of the wine.  Here are some basic rules of thumb:

  1.  The wine should have about the same  intensity or “weight” as the food.  A robust wine might overwhelm a light dish, while a delicate wine might be overwhelmed by a hearty dish.
  2.   Acidic wines work well with rich dishes.  For example, a zesty Sauvignon Blanc would complement the richness of macaroni in a creamy béchamel sauce.
  3.  Rather than simply matching a wine with the protein in the entrée, match it with the sauce.
  4. Off-dry wines, like a Riesling,  balance spice and are delicious with dishes featuring ginger, chutney, or barbecue sauce.
  5. Wines that may seem lean or tannic when sipped by themselves may taste very different when paired with boldly-flavored food.  Don’t be scared away!

Remember that taste is a subjective sense and what might be a “textbook perfect” pairing for one diner might not be perfect for another.  This subjective nature makes it possible to drink any kind of wine with any kind of food and have an enjoyable experience.  So feel free to experiment!

Taste Profiles for Wines Featured at Buckhorn Inn

In general, if you are looking for a pairing for a light seafood dish, try a light-bodied wine with a higher acidity, like Pinot Grigio.  Chardonnays have more body and are not as acidic and go well with fatty fish or a rich sauce..  Pinot Noir doesn’t have a lot of tannin and is a light-bodied red.  Pair it with dishes featuring mushrooms or truffles.  If you are looking for full-body and high tannin, look for Cabernet Sauvignons.  Cabs go well with steaks and chops as the tannins refresh the palate.  Try a Malbec with sweet, spicy sauces as it is bold enough to hold its own.

Sparkling wines like Champagne, Prosecco, and Cava have a faint touch of sweetness, even when they are dry.  This makes them especially good with salty foods.  

Please let us know some of your favorite food and wine pairings.  Happy sipping!

 

February 25, 2019

Early Spring Events in Gatlinburg Draw Visitors

Early spring is a great time to visit the Smoky Mountains.  The air is cool and fresh and swathes of blooming wildflowers blanket the mountains.  Whether you are interested in wine or wildflowers, crafting or running, this area has something just for you.  In order to help you plan your visit, here are some community events in which you might be interested.

April Events

April 12-13  Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend.  Located at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.  Wine Festival guests can sip from the area’s best wineries and savor samples from the best restaurants in the Smoky Mountains.  http://www.gatlinburg.com/event/wine-fest/

April 12-14 Hands-On Gatlinburg.  Studios throughout the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community will provide guests the chance to learn how to make crafts from the artists themselves.  Festivalgoers will leave with the items they make.  Woodturning, fused glass ornaments, rug weaving, and drawing are only a few of the areas to be explored.  http://www.pigeonforge.com/event/hands-on-gatlinburg/

April 17-20  Arts and Crafts Community Center Easter Show.  The Show will be held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.  Admission is free.  Demonstrations are part of the fun as you view unique handcrafted products produced locally.http://www.gatlinburg.com/event/great-smoky-easter-arts-crafts-show/

April 21 Easter  Sunrise at Ober.  Gatlinburg’s Annual Easter Sunrise Service will be enhanced by the beauty of the Smokies when the community and its visitors gather at Ober Gatlinburg.  The 30-40 minutes mountain service will begin at 6:30 am and will be led by pastors of the Gatlinburg Ministerial Association.

April 24-27 Wildflower Pilgrimage.  The Spring Pilgrimage has been held for 68 years in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The experience features professionally-guided walks.  Registration

In 2018 more than 850 people from 32 states participated in the wildflower pilgramage and associated events.

Spring wildflowers abound in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 

opens on March 1.    http://www.wildflowerpilgrimage.org

April 26  Earth Day 5k.  Both runners and walkers are invited to participate in this run/walk in beautiful downtown Gatlinburg.  Proceeds benefit local scholarships, donations to schools, the Gatlinburg Goes Green Program and community-wide educational events.  Buie Pottery is providing awards and finishers medallions.  http://www.runsignup.com/Race/TN/Gatlinburg/earthday5kgatlinburg  

We hope your visit includes a stay at Buckhorn Inn.  We are conveniently located on the Arts & Crafts Loop with easy access to the both Gatlinburg and the Park.

 

January 22, 2018

Wine Weekend will be a Fine Weekend!

The wine weekend will showcase products from many Tennessee wineries.

Gatlinburg offers many events and festivals for every interest, including wine!

Are you a wine aficionado or someone who would like to know more about wine?  Are you interested in exploring local Tennessee products?  If so, we recommend you plan to visit Gatlinburg April 13 & 14, 2018.

Two events will be taking place:  the Gatlinburg Wine Tour and the Smoky Mountain Wine Fest.  The Tour begins at 6:00 pm on April 13 and will visit local wineries and sipping establishments.

The Fest will be held from 1:00 to 6:00 pm on April 14 at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.  The $25 advance purchase tickets include a branded glass for tasting.  Organizers expect more than 18 Tennessee wineries to participate.  Some of the best restaurants in the Smoky Mountains will provide small plate tastings of their best dishes.  Tickets and more information may be found at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/gatlinburg-wine-weekend-2018-tickets.

Tennessee Wine

Tennessee has a long history of wine-making, with as many as 90,000 gallons being produced annually in the 1880’s.  The industry was introduced in this area by immigrants from Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.  Prohibition hit the industry hard.  However, in the 1970’s a resurgence of winemaking in the state was led by home vintners.  

The industry in Tennessee focuses on French hybrid and native grape varieties.  The grapes used in Eastern and Central Tennessee include cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, cayuga, chardonnay, chenin blanc, merlot, Riesling and viognier.  

The industry has grown and matured in the state.  Over the past few years Tennessee wines have earned gold, silver, and bronze medals in regional and international competitions.  Today’s Tennessee wineries have a wine for every taste, from sparkling to fruity, from dry to dessert wines.  

If you plan to attend the weekend, be sure to reserve your accommodation at the Buckhorn Inn soon!