December 30, 2020
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
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
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
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
September 26, 2020
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
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
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.
Wine Club Pick-Up Party
Saturday, June 6th, 2020 will be Wine Club pick-up day at White Squirrel Winery. This quarter we will have a taco bar for Club Members plus 1 guest, $10 for non-members, and live music by Scott Allen Shell, from Union City.
*Lunch for Members only will begin at 12:00-3pm, and for non-members, our regular opening hours at 1pm.
*Music will be from 2:00-6pm.
Mark your calendar for this fun-filled day!
Schedule · Saturday, June 6, 2020:
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM for Wine Club Members-Only plus 1 Guest Taco Bar-eat free
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Non-Members may eat at Taco Bar for $10 starting at 1pm & enjoy the music for free from 2-6pm
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Music by Scott Allen Shell
May 28, 2020
Easter morning 2007, many blooming fruit crops like grapes, peaches and apples were destroyed by 3-days of 25-degree early morning freezing temperatures. Ironically, April 15th, 2020, the Wednesday morning after Easter… it happened again.
5:00 a.m., a 26-degree early morning temperatures totally destroyed all green tissue, including blooms on our 20 acres of grapes. Once this occurs, most grape vines will set a 2nd set of blooms and produce 25-50% of the initial crop. Unfortunately, the European vinifera grape Syrah will not do that. I have 650 Syrah plants and was hoping for 7-8,000 pounds of these wonderful, peppery, dark purple grapes. This year they will receive the weekly sprays, all the vine training and all the mowing… but will produce no grapes.
Here is the possible bright side of the coin. Theoretically (Bill’s theory), the energy of the plant will be directed to the remaining crop. I am hoping the smaller cropload will produce a sweeter and tastier grape and thus produce a more robust, full-flavored and superior wine. So, keep your eye out and get ready for the White Squirrel 2020 vintage.