At the end of a winding, rust-colored dirt road, Still Pond Vineyard and Winery's tasting room overflows onto a sunny patio where benches make a perfect spot to sit, sip, and relax. Onsite, 11 different muscadine wines are crafted, including a full-bodied blackberry wine, a smooth white wine, and a golden dessert wine.
WineStyles' sommeliers work hard to find the most worthwhile wines on earth. After scouring vineyards to root out hard-to-find bottles, they arrange them on easy-to-navigate shelves grouped by flavor characteristics rather than varietal. Their “crisp” section favors tart, acidic flavor profiles often found in apple orchards, while their “mellow” section abounds with smooth, velvety wines ideal for pairing with pork, lamb, or an entire gallon of ice cream. The shop also stocks craft beer from brewers such as Bell's and Great Divide, looseleaf Rishi teas, and chocolate truffles infused with sea-salt-caramel or champagne.
With 140 acres of grazing goats and masticating Jersey cows, Sweet Grass Dairy crafts artisan dairy delectables in a variety of styles. Curd-cravers can choose from a variety of cheese and charcuterie plates, such as Finn's Finest Fodder, stacked with finocchiona, creminelli barolo, speck, chorizo, Vilux dijon mustard, cornichons, and crackers. Meanwhile, wine lovers can test their matchmaking skills by pairing up lonely cheeses with a bottle of one of Sweet Grass's grape bloods. The wine menu changes weekly, but always offers myriad choices in different categories, including smooth white wines, big and bold reds, and attention-seeking sparkling varieties that perpetually fizz at top volume.
As the head winemaker at Courson's Winery, Beau Courson puts more than 20 years of experience to good use while he crafts Southern-style muscadine, scuppernong, and fruit wines. Visitors can head to the tasting room to sip samples and purchase bottles of their favorite wine, or browse supplies for making wine at home. Aside from vino, the winery also keeps its shelves stocked with jellies, salsas, hot sauces, and gift baskets.