It was an evening of wine, good food and fun aboard the Watts Bar Belle riverboat when Green Meadow Wine and Spirits hosted a wine cruise on Fort Loudoun Lake.
The event happened on June 4. Green Meadow Wine and Spirits manager Eric Harrell said patrons responded well to the store’s first wine cruise.
“We ended up with 72 people who came on the cruise. The idea behind it was to do something a little outside the box, a little more upscale for wine tasting rather than have it at a restaurant or bar,” he said.
Harrell said he and the staff wanted to do something in a close environment where patrons could interact, and the river boat provided a good atmosphere. “It was good to be outside and enjoy the elements and pair wines with the dinner. I think it was definitely a success,” he said. “Everyone was asking if they could pay to sign up for the next one.”
Harrell said he was concerned during planning for the event that the sour economy would affect the turnout. “At $50 a person for the meal, wine tasting and two-hour cruise, everyone recognized the value,” he said. “They were getting to sample the Rodney Strong wine collection, which is a premium wine.”
A representative from the Sonoma, Calif., winery was on hand to give an educational talk about the different Rodney Strong wines. “It went really well,” Harrell said. “We had 14 different wines from their collection.”