Green Door Gourmet Celebrates The Season with Fall Fest This Sunday, October 2nd!

Fall weather has made its way to Tennessee and its time to celebrate the fabulous weather and change of seasons at Green Door Gourmet!



Green Door Gourmet, a 350-acre organic working farm located in West Nashville kicks off the season at their annual Fall Fest.

Time:  12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission: $5 per adult and children under 10 are free.

Parking is free, though carpooling is encouraged.

Address: 7011 River Road Pike in Nashville

Old Fashioned Fun
Fall Fest features live music, hayrides, pumpkin games, renowned pumpkin carving artist Lundy Cupp, a pumpkin patch where visitors can pick their own pumpkins, hay rides, and the Kids Zone, featuring the infamous Mr. Steve.
Sylvia Ganier, owner says “Fall Fest provides old fashion family fun. Children will enjoy activities in the Kids Zone, and adults will enjoy live music, local crafts and plenty of vendor booths with samples, as well as lots of local food and beverage options. We love celebrating the change of season and a new harvest of locally grown vegetables and flowers. Green Door Gourmet has become a hub of local food and farming activity in Nashville. We encourage our friends and new visitors to come visit our farm and celebrate fall with us.”

Food Trucks and Local Tennessee Vendors
More than 40 local artisan vendors will be showcasing their local, Pick TN and Made in the South wares.

Expected food trucks include The Grilled Cheeserie, Peg Leg Porker, Yayo’s OMG Tacos, Jeni’s Ice Cream, The Trailer Perk, Califarmia and Yazoo.

Music in the Barn
Throughout Fall Fest, guests can enjoy music in the Grand Barn starting at noon. Nashville-based Sheriff Scott and the Deputies will kick things off followed by John England & the Western Swingers, Heath Haynes and the Hi Dollars and finally Scat Springs Band. Music will continue until the end of Fall Fest at 6 p.m.

 Green Door Gourmet one of the area’s largest CSAs 
Situated on a 350-acre farm just 9 miles from downtown Nashville, Green Door Gourmet is a working farm and one of the area’s largest CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), offering weekly local boxes of plentiful organically-grown fresh vegetables and herbs. Green Door Gourmet provides fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers to more than 22 restaurants and local florists in Nashville. Our on-farm market features a wide variety of fruits, flowers, vegetables and herbs, as well as the area’s finest meats, cheeses, eggs, honey, and other local and regional gourmet products. Green Door Gourmet is home to the Grand Barn, a handbuilt white oak event space perfect for weddings, corporate events, agri-tourism, farm events, and social occasions.


09 2016

Celebrate #GarnachaDay and Get to know the Next Great Grape from Cariñena, Spain

Sip, Celebrate and Share Your Love of Garnacha Today and Everyday! DRINK MORE GARNACHA!

#GarnachaDay  @vinocarnena 

Wine samples were provided by Gregory White PR


Castillo Ducay 2015 Cariñena, Spain $8 – $10

Grapes: Garnacha, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon

Paniza 2015 Cariñena, Spain $10 – $15

Grapes: Garnacha and Tempranillo

Let’s Celebrate Garnacha, the next great grape from Cariñena, Spain!

Today and everyday will be fun way to discover this popular varietal which is planted world wide in an array of styles.

Why Cariñena?

D.O.P. Cariñena is located in the heart of the Ebro Valley in Spain’s northeast region of Aragon. This particular wine region of Spain is one of the oldest producers of Garnacha worldwide.

This gutsy, gorgeous grape thrives in tough but ideal conditions at the high altitude in this region where the vineyards slope into the dramatic Cierzo-windswept plains. Garnacha loves the extreme day-to-night temperature differences which in turn creates conditions for rich, expressive wines crafted from layers of rock, mineral, and earth all contribute to the distinct character of the wines.

What you will experience:

What I love about this crowd-pleasing and food pairing wines is the balance, fruit flavor profile and  quality-to-value with affordable prices that everyone will love. Think aromas and flavors of strawberry, raspberry, black cherry characteristics with an affordable price tag, Garnacha from Cariñena offers extraordinary value and is a pleasure to drink.

Old Vine Garnacha is a hallmark of Cariñena:

  1. Garnacha from Carinena is an up-and-comer becoming more available and distribution has doubled since 2015.
  1. The older the grape vines, the higher the quality. Cariñena is home to more old-vine Garnacha than anywhere else in Spain. Half-a-century old vines are common in Cariñena, with plantings ranging in age from 30 to over 100 years.


Food pairing easy with these food-friendly wines!

The earthy, balanced luscious flavors and aromas pair well with a variety of dishes. You can serve everything from tapas and light salads to smoked meats. I’m also a Paella Chef in Nashville, TN and I think these are perfect wines to pair it with my paella






09 2016

Nashville’s Trattoria Il Mulino and Jackson Family Wines Pair Up for an Exquisite Four Course Wine Pairing Dinner September 21st


photo courtesy of Trattoria Il Mulino

Make your reservations for an elegant 4 course wine pairing dinner at Nashville’s Abruzzese-inspired Italian dinner that will be a perfect pairing with Jackson Family Wines. Trattoria Il Mulino presents the rich rustic flavors of Abruzzo, Italy’s cuisine combined with a touch of Nashville’s local culinary flavors.

Here is what’s on the table from Executive Chef Tom Cook and wines paired by Sommelier Rob Guimaraes:

First Course: Baked goat cheese polenta soufflé with slow-roasted Roma tomatoes, Benton’s bacon and wild mushrooms paired with a 2013 Murphy Goode Fumé Blanc.

Second course:  Granny smith apple salad with endive, spiced pumpkin seeds, candied pecans, Craisins and gorgonzola cheese paired with a 2013 La Crema Pinot Gris.

Third Course: Trio of duck entrée, made with foie gras Amarena cherries, fig marmalade and mascarpone risotto paired with a 2011 Benvolio, Rosso.

Dessert Course: Beautiful almond pear tarte made with cinnamon crumble, vanilla bean crème, anglaise and local wildflower honey and an Asti Spumante from Piedmont, Italy.

This is sure to be a fabulous dining experience with perfectly paired wines. I am particularly excited to let you know about my friend and Trattoria Il Mulino’s new face of Sommelier Rob Guimaraes. Guimaraes joined the restaurant in July 2016 as its beverage manager and sommelier. He is a Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers as well as a Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators. Trattoria Il Mulino recently received the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, the world’s leading authority on wine. Along with Rob, Representatives from Lipman Brothers will be on hand to discuss the wines and their characteristics.

 Make Reservations:

The Sept. 21 dinner is from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. located in one of Trattoria Il Mulino’s private dining areas.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 615.620.3700.

***Tickets are $80 per person, inclusive of wine pairings and complementary valet. ***

Tax and gratuity are separate.



09 2016