More than 60 people filled the Watts Bar Belle recently for a wine cruise hosted by Green Meadow Wine and Spirits.
While high winds from storms kept the riverboat in the channel of Fort Loudoun Lake for more than 40 minutes at the end of the cruise, it was still a fun event that the passengers enjoyed, with food from Gourmet to Go Caterers and wine from Chateau Morrisette of Virginia, Green Meadow Wine and Spirits general manager Eric Harrell said.
“The storm at the end kept us out there. I think probably one of the biggest challenges of doing a wine cruise is getting lucky on the weather,” Harrell said. “It is also more expensive because you’re not just paying for food, you’re paying for a moving vessel that cost more than just renting a room but I think the experience is worth the extra investment.”
Harrell said he and his staff hosted the first wine cruise in the spring and this most recent one really got lucky in regards to the weather. “It was absolutely pouring rain all day long, but, when time came for the cruise, not a drop of rain came. At the end of the cruise, a storm rolled in.”
The manager praised his staff, the caterers and the representatives from Chateau Morisette, located off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. “It was a great success. We had a full turnout and good food from Gourmet to Go Caters,” Harrell said. “We had a bunch of compliments. Everybody really enjoyed the environment.”
Harrell said a representative from Chateau Morisette came to Green Meadow Wine and Spirits six months ago. Harrell said the winery has quality wines. “They’re local wines but they’re not all sweet, fruit wines,” he said.
The manager said he and his staff hope to do a similar event in the spring. “I think it’s an opportunity to interact between customers and the employees of the store. Close interaction helps develop relationships between the employees and customers, which is what we try to do,” he said.
Green Meadow Wine and Spirits is located at Hunters Crossing Drive.