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Blackberry Farm boasts a large wine cellar, a brewery, and fresh-grown food from its farm. The dining rooms serve cuisine from the Tennessee foothills and have a rare collection of chefs, artisans and farmers who blend their talents to create a first-class culinary experience for you. The following items highlight some of the best products the farm produces or collects on the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel's property:
1. Wine. Blackberry Farm has an impressive 180,000-plus wine bottle collection and 8,000 unique selections on the wine list. Sommelier Andy Chabot and his team are more than happy to provide you valuable insight on which bottle or glass of wine to select. Oenophiles can also schedule time during their visit to Blackberry for in-depth wine tastings.
2. Beer. The luxury Tennessee hotel has a brewery on its farm and produces three types of hand-crafted beers. Be sure to sample these beers during your visit: Selections include the Classic Saison, Farm Ale, and the Screaming Cock. The Saison is a Belgian-style ale, medium-bodied and has a refreshing effervescence. The Farm Ale’s flavor is dominated by a light- to medium-malt sweetness with some underlying fruitiness. It’s versatile with a wide range of foods. The Screaming Cock has many complex flavors including a rich maltiness with hints of fruitiness. This rich-tasting beer is best paired with hearty foods such as beef or lamb, according to the brewers.
3. Honey. Jeff Rabinowitz is the beekeeper at Blackberry and is extremely proud of the high-quality honey production on the farm. Rabinowitz says the source for nectar during harvest comes from the tulip popular trees, wild flowers and sourwood trees on property, which give the honey a delicate flavor with light amber hues. The Sourwood honey is considered the best-tasting, with a sweet and spicy aroma and pleasant aftertaste. All varieties of honey are served with dishes at both dining rooms on property and sold in Blackberry Farm Shop.
4. Cheese. Dustin Busby leads the cheese making at Blackberry and says the sheep’s milk cheeses produced on the farm change with the seasons. Brebis, which has a rich and supple texture, and Trefoil, which finishes with a slightly meaty aftertaste, are spring cheeses. Blackberry Blue cheese is produced during the summer months. As summer comes to an end, the farm produces a hard cheese aged for a least 120 days called the Singing Brook. This cheese has a complex caramel richness. Each cheese and the way it tastes reflect the pasture at the point in time in which it was produced.
5. Foraged foods. This Four-Star hotel makes good use of its land to provide natural food foraged from the farm and the woods. Morel mushrooms, chanterelle mushrooms, cauliflower mushrooms, wild leek and wild berries are carefully picked and then prepared for various dishes on the menu. Wild crabapples, wild muscadines and huckleberries are among other foraged-food menu items.