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.
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.
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.
Dan Vallish has been homebrewing beer as a hobby for more than 20 years. During that time, he often envisioned the perfect place to shop for his supplies. It would have all the specialty grains one could want, an onsite milling facility, and fresh yeast and hops. Ultimately, he made that vision a reality, founding Barley & Vine to be a one-stop shop for beer lovers and beer brewers, complete with a 27-tap growler bar with 26 craft beers and a cider on tap at all times.
Of course, Dan offers more than just disparate beer-brewing supplies. He teaches classes on the subject, or provides cloning kits for beginners, which contain all the ingredients to mimic Irish stouts or American pale ales. He also provides winemaking kits, which produce 6 gallons of fermented libations at a time. He even offers instructions and supplies to make cheese, so that his customers can pair their homemade beverages with the perfect snack.
Appalachian Wilderness Guides leads avid adventurers on Mother Nature explorations and mountainous hikes. Teaming with northern Georgia wineries, the wine-tasting trek whisks vino-lovers through Georgia vineyards, helmed by a tour guide and including a palate-pleasing tasting with accompanying snacks. For the wide-eyed wilderness warrior, the family camping trip provides one night of mind-melding with the outdoors in a provided tent with sleeping bags. Start with a brisk day hike, and then finish with a campfire to nibble on hot dogs, hamburgers, and marshmallows. Along the way, Appalachian Wilderness Guides participate as little or as much as you like, meaning its leaders can leave after setting up the tent or stay to tell campfire stories about the Supreme Court justices who are lurking in the woods. All guides of the uneven grounds are certified in wilderness first-aid, CPR, and Leave No Trace Outdoors Ethics, ensuring the safe removal of unnecessary waste.
Cupcakes. Tapas. Paninis. French fries. Sushi. Normally if you're craving a bit of each of these, you'd have to go to five different establishments. Not so at The Conyers Food Truck Festival, where mobile restaurants make it easy for diners to sample from a wide array of cuisines. Here, patrons can sidle up to food trucks including Smiley's Street Eats for po' boys, Tex's Tacos for tacos and quesadillas, and King of Pops for fruit-filled popsicles with edible crowns. After eating local fare, they can boogie to live entertainment in the form of dance tunes and folk rock and peruse local vendors for jewelry and gifts. A portion of proceeds go toward Colon Cancer Alliance, which assists those affected with the disease.