A sip of whiskey and history Tennessee is known for its rich, smooth whiskey, but the story of the man who helped put the state on the map was mostly forgotten until a chance road trip helped two brothers discover their roots and their passion for distilling.
In 2006, Charlie Nelson and his brother Andy were on their way to a butcher in Greenbrier, Tenn., when they happened to stop at a gas station. While stretching their legs they stumbled upon a historical sign marking the location of Charles Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, owned by their great great great grandfather. The brothers had heard stories of family members making whiskey, but had pandora rings online chalked it up to nothing more than a bit of homemade moonshine. It was anything but. The brothers decided to research their family history and discovered their great great great grandfather Charles pandora beads cheap Nelson founded of one of America's largest pre prohibition distilleries. The story begins when a 15 year old Charles Nelson immigrated from Germany to offers on pandora bracelets America with his family. Before setting off, Charles' father converted all of the family's possessions into gold and had it sewn into a suit made for the journey. The family boarded the Helena Sloman, but midway through the voyage an intense storm sent nearly 180 passengers overboard, including Charles' father, who was weighed down by the gold and sank to the bottom. Charles eventually settled in Nashville, where he owned a grocery store that sold, among other things, whiskey. Later he bought the distillery that was making his whiskey in nearby Greenbrier. In 1885, Charles Nelson sold more than 380,000 gallons of whiskey, in comparison to Jack Daniel's 23,000 gallons, but the family legacy was almost lost thanks to state enacted prohibition in 1909. The distillery shuttered and laid in disrepair until the Nelson brothers' 2006 discovery. Charlie and Andy soon realized whiskey was their true calling and committed themselves to resurrecting Charles Nelson's Green Brier Distillery. In 2014, they opened the revived distillery in Nashville's historic Marathon Village. The unique family story is illustrated in the distillery's Hall of History and retold on guided tours. Visitors learn the brothers were even able to discover one of their great great great grandfather's original whiskey recipes, thanks to a journalist who had printed it with a story on the distillery's whiskey making process. They use that recipe today. "Everything we do, we want to keep in line with history as much as possible," Charlie said, adding that the philosophy is in line with city thinking. "There is a lot of authenticity in Nashville. pandora charms website I don't think Nashville is trying to be somewhere else. We honour the traditions of the past, but embrace the modern technology." FROM WHISKEY TO WINE While Tennessee is known for its whiskey, wine is a growing business. The Belle Meade Plantation opened a winery in 2009. To maintain the plantation's historical accuracy, the grapes are grown off site. Like Nelson's Green Brier, Belle Meade is a cornerstone in Nashville's history. In the 1800s, the property was the queen of Tennessee Plantations. While most plantations of the day were known for cotton, Belle Meade was a renowned thoroughbred stud farm. Modern day racing is still dominated by bloodlines sired by Belle Meade's famous horses Bonnie Scotland and Enquirer. Today there are tours of the historical site and restored family home, which offer a look into what life was like during the plantation's glory days, as well as daily wine tasting with occasional meals and special events. A 30 minute drive away, Arrington Vineyards sits atop a rolling green hill. The winery offers a picturesque view and 12 outstanding wines. Co owned by country music artist Kix Brooks, of Brooks and Dunn fame, it should come as no surprise that music is incorporated into the experience. Music in the Vines is held on weekends April through November. Live Jazz is performed in the courtyard while a bluegrass band picks at the barn. SIP AROUND There are plenty of other wineries, distilleries and breweries in Nashville, where you can get your drink on: Corsair Distillery, Black Abbey Brewing Company, Tennessee Brew Works, Fat Bottom Brewery, Tailgate Beer and City Winery to name just a few. CHOW DOWN After all those drinks, you will definitely need some sustenance. Here are five places to grab a bite in Nashville: 1. The Capitol Grille at the historic Hermitage Hotel the only Forbes 5 star, AAA Five Diamond rated hotel in Tennessee as well as the five surrounding states. Chef Cory Untch creates unique, elegant Southern cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal products. All of the vegetables used in the restaurant are grown just 6 km away on their own farm; the beef is raised at the Hermitage Hotel's farms west of town. The historic hotel was once the national headquarters for both the pro and anti suffrage causes, has hosted numerous politicians and celebrities, and has it's own claim at bringing music to Nashville. In 1947, Francis Craig composed and played a song called Near You in the Grill Room. The tune went on to become America's top selling record that year and attracted major record labels to town.
2. Table 3 Restaurant and Market: Table 3 aims to provide an authentic French brasserie/bistro dining experience. The restaurant prides itself on its wine list of high quality vintages that pair nicely with the flavourful menu.
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