By: Marjie Sanderson
January 23, 2023
8th Annual Valentine Dinner and Wine Pairing
Feb. 11th, 2023 White Squirrel Winery will host it’s 8th annual Valentine Dinner and Wine Pairing. This event will feature live music and a 5-course gourmet dinner. Ticket sales will be announced in January.
February 26, 2021
Kicking Key’s and Fast Mac’s
Local keyboard artist, Roger Alexander and Barry Patrick will be performing at White Squirrel Winery, Saturday, March 6th. Know as the Kicking Keys, this keyboard duo bring great music with a mix of humor along with wonderful local vocal talent. At this event, Obion County native, Katie Thorpe Tohn will be the featured vocalist. “Katie is an undiscovered gem and is one of the best vocalist I have ever heard. We are lucky to have her accompany us”, said Alexander.
Kicking Keys has played at many area venues, but most recently, performing at Discovery Park’s Music on the Rail.
Fast Mac’s BBQ will be on site to provide wonderful, Tennessee BBQ and more to all those attending. Mac Sutton is known throughout the area and is famous for his delicious ” BBQ-baked potato.
December 30, 2020
Happy New Year
We will be open Thursday, 12/31/20 from 2:00-5:00. So, stop by and pick up a bottle of our “spumante” It’s a wonderful champagne style wine, perfect for bringing in 2021.
December 17, 2020
Obion County Chamber feature White Squirrel Winery
Thanks to Brooke Coffey for visiting and doing the article.
Lindsey Frilling (chamber director) and Brooke do a wonderful job promoting Obion County, securing grants and constantly pushing for Obion County businesses and industry. Thank you both.
October 20, 2020
Felicia Bella at White Squirrel, Oct. 22, 2020
This Thursday, Oct. 22nd from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Felicia Bella joins The White Squirrel Winery again for Food Fun & Fashion, not to mention the great WINE! We will be having an informal fashion show, so if you’re interested in modeling, please send Felicia a private FB message she will be glad to speak with you. Please RSVP by sending a private FB message or contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org and they will send you your leopard ticket. Please come and join us! We Are Going to have a blast!
October 13, 2020
Brazilian Jiu Jutsu in the VINES
If you have never seen “live” Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, this Saturday, October 17th is your opportunity.
Starting at 1:00 p.m. at White Squirrel Winery, under the pavillion, Dogwood BJJ from Dyersburg will be hosting a live charity event with proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.Join us!
Food vendor will be on site!
October 13, 2020
Flecia Bella at White Squirrel Winery
Come visit White Squirrel Winery and see the most up to date fashions, fresh from the market, as customers model and Flecia Bella broadcast “Live” on their weekly Facebook Live event.
visit Flecia Bella on the web: http://fleciabella.com
September 26, 2020
MUSIC & VENDORS TODAY!
TODAY, we have craft vendors set up at White Squirrel Winery from 1-6pm & MUSIC from 3-6pm! Come join us today & also don’t forget to wish BILL SANDERSON HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
September 20, 2020
Wine Club Pickup and Music Event, Saturday 09/26/20
Saturday, 09/26/20 will be hosting our quarterly Wine Club pickup and music event. This year we are calling this our “Harvest Celebration” and we will be celebrating with friends and fellow wine club members while being entertained by Scott Myatt, Steve Short and the Rita Mack Band.
A complementary cheeseburger buffet will be offered to wine club members and 1-guest. Non members can purchase lunch for $10.
Also this year, we are allowing Arts and Crafts vendors to set up on the Grand lawn, free of charge for this Saturday Afternoon “pop up” event.
Due to the Covid pandemic we decided not to host our annual Arts and Music in the Vines event. So, this year’s harvest party will be a scaled down version of our annual event. Next year we will return back to our full scale Fall event.
July 1, 2020
Winemaking for dummies…
I am often asked while tending the White Squirrel Winery tasting room, “How did this all begin”? And because time passes so quickly or because I honestly forget , the questions cause me to pause , “Was that last year, or the year before… when was it”? There are no books or maps written to help direct or navigate the course I chose. Home Winemaking for dummies was an early read but fell short as I progressed.
Why I did it, and what moved me to do it, I have no idea, but in my late 20’s I ordered my first home winemaking kit. It included a 5-gallon plastic bucket and lid, an air-lock, a #10 can of grape concentrate, wine yeast, various chemicals and an instruction sheet (eckraus.com) Beginning to end, it took about four months of fermenting, racking, fining and then bottling. I anxiously shared with friends and received comments like, “Not bad,” and, “That’s pretty good”. The process seemed pretty easy, and with my past success, I ordered another kit and started two more batches.
what was I thinkin
After taking the easy road and making mediocre wine using various grape concentrates, in 1999 I planted my first 50 vines. And, because I liked the name, the first varietal I planted was a French-hybrid called Chancellor. Aside from growing a Muscadine and Concord, this was my first attempt to grow an actual wine grape. I was inundated with mold, fungus, insects and rot. A visit from the local agriculture extension office pointed out that my trellis was wrong, the vine spacing was wrong and the direction the vines were planted in was wrong.
the harder I work, the luckier I get
“The harder I work, the luckier I get“, is a quote my grandfather Charles Sanderson always threw out at me. At times, it was discouraging but more often focused my drive. And in this case, I would not be deterred. I pulled up the vines and started all over. In the next year or so, I bought a small wine press, a grape crusher, and a 30-gallon stainless steel tank, and continued to make wine with my new Steuben grapes and blackberries. And now, 30-years later, I still use the grapes from those vines and that 30-gallon tank. But this was only the beginning.