Dry Rose is one of East Tennessee’s fasting growing wine categories and for good reason. I can’t think of another wine that is as versatile with food then dry Rose. It can be served as an aperitif or paired with salads, fresh fish, grilled vegetables, pork and chicken dishes, barbeque, burgers and pizza. In fact it’s hard to find a food group that doesn’t pair well with dry Rose.

So the big question is, what is dry Rose and from where does it come? Some people might believe that to make Rose all you need to do is blend red and white wine together. Well, I’ve seen it done at many a wine party when a guest has been drinking white wine and wants to change over to red wine and accidentally leaves a little white wine in the glass. But that is not how dry Rose is made. To make Rose, red grapes are lightly crushed and the clear juice is left to macerate with their red skins for a specific amount of time (from a few hours to a few days). The longer the time, the darker the Rose gets. And you can make Rose from several popular grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache and any other grape with a dark skin.

So where does Rose come from? From just about every wine producing country in the world. France and Spain are two of the largest producers, along with Italy and the U.S. But I have had dry Rose from Argentina, Chile, Australia, and even Germany. But I would have to say that the dry Rose that I love the most comes from southern France, including Provence and the Rhone valley. Over the past few years, California Rose has really come into its own, producing some that rival the best that France has to offer.

One more important factor about dry Rose. You want to drink Rose while they are young and fresh, so look for the just released 2013 vintage. There may be a few 2012′s still in the marketplace, and while very nice, have a much shorter shelf life than the 2013′s.

My Rose pick for 2013 comes from the Provence region of southern France, home too many of the best dry Rose made in the world. The 2013 Triennes Rose ($18) is a blend of Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache and Merlot. The juice is left on the skins for only 2-3 hours which produces a light salmon color. But don’t let the color fool you. From the first glass you get this sense of elegance and freshness. Strawberries, raspberries, and watermelon are predominate along with a dry, juicy finish that makes your palette scream for more. A limited amount made it into the East Tennessee market so act quickly.

I have listed other Rose that are worth checking out. All come from the just released 2013 vintage. From France, look for the easy going Chateau Grande Cassagne ($12), the value packed Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier ($13), the complex Chateau de Lancyre from Pic Saint Loup (20), the rich, full-bodied Chateau de Segries Tavel Rose ($20) and the home run Mas des Bressades from Costieres de Nimes ($15). From California, check out winemaker Wells Guthrie’s outstanding Copain Rose of Pinot Noir ($19) and Simi Winery’s rich Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon (415). And from Oregon, try Domaine Serene’s outstanding “r” Rose. Later in the season, expect to see new arrivals from Spain and new releases from other parts of the world.

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Southern Market gift ideas include:

Jewelry in the latest designs!

Wall art for a decorative touch!

Pottery for distinctive table setting!

Finishing touches for your garden project!

Pillows galore!

Gift certificates make the perfect choice for the hard to please mom, graduate or bride!

Free gift wrapping is always offered! Visit the Southern Market!


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Gourmet Market will have a SPECIAL menu for Cinco de Mayo! Stop by May 5 and celebrate with us!

For the Kentucky Derby Day we will be offering 20% off to anyone wearing a Derby Hat and dining with us! Don’t forget to bring your Mother to brunch on May 11, we will be giving free bread pudding to all moms!

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Goodwill GoodGuides in a new mentoring program designed to assist youth in overcoming disadvantages and avoiding delinquency. It targets youths between the ages of 12 and 17 who are at-risk for dropping out of school, facing legal troubles, or are at risk for delinquency due to issues such as abuse, disability, drug or alcohol dependence, or gang membership. In addition to providing support from a trusted adult mentor, youth in the program will receive career development opportunities with the Goodwill Industries-Knoxville staff.

Since the GoodGuides program started in Knoxville, Goodwill staff has received a strong, positive response from area youth interested in participating. However, the program needs more mentors to work with these young people to help them realize their full potential.

Mentors will commit to meeting their mentee for an hour per week for a year, during which time they will offer guidance and encouragement to their mentee, empowering them to make positive decisions. Mentors do not need to have any previous experience with mentorship programs; all they need to do is provide a consistent, caring presence for their selected teen. Goodwill Industries-Knoxville provides orientation and training for new mentors and optional extra monthly training and support. Adult mentors must be 18 or older; peer mentors must be at least 16 years of age.

Goodwill Industries-Knoxville is hosting a GoodGuides Open House for the community on Thursday, May 1 from 5-7pm. There, you can receive more information about the program, become a partner, apply to become a mentor and hear many encouraging success stories.

If you would like to become a volunteer mentor, please call 865.588.8567, or visit www.gwiktn.org to get more information and download an application.

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The District Gallery presents:

Dreamscapes: Poetry Inspired Paintings by Rachael McCampbell May 16 – June 14, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, May 16, 5-8 p.m.

The District Gallery is pleased to present Dreamscapes: Poetry Inspired Paintings by Rachael McCampbell. The arts often inspire one another – visual arts can inspire writers, and the written word can send artists to their easels. Native Knoxvillian painter, writer and curator, Rachael McCampbell, has done just that. She has always loved literature and poetry and the rich way words inspire her art. “Poetry can be a veritable feast for the senses…the delicious way the sounds roll off your tongue when you read it aloud, the rhythms that make you want to dance and the visuals that like a dream, lift you from your own reality into another world – into a dreamscape.”

McCampbell has created a collection of paintings inspired by the poetry of poets such as Mary Oliver, Donald Justice, Wallace Stevens, Robert Creeley, Wendell Berry, W. B. Yeats, Maya Angelou, Raymond Carver and more. Her paintings are highly textured with layers of acrylic, charcoal and oil. She applies paint and then removes it until eventually the story she needs to tell emerges.

McCampbell’s paintings are shown in galleries and museums and collected internationally. Her studio is in the hamlet of Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville. This is her first solo show at The District Gallery.

An opening reception will be held Friday, May 16 from 5-8 p.m. Come and read the poetry, enjoy the paintings and meet the artist. The show continues through June 14.





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Persian Galleries will have their annual spring sale and will offer 30% to 50% off store wide. Stop by April 3-5th!! 

Persian Galleries is Knoxville’s source of fine antique and new rugs. For over twenty-five years, Persian Galleries  has been the premier  location  for fine collectible antique and new rugs. Agras, Oushaks, Serapies, Sultanabads, Kermans, Farahans, Caucasians, and all production regions, available at substantial savings. The ‘New Classics’ with all natural dyes, and hand spun wool are available.

4845 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
865.588.2551 fax


Please join Goodwill Industries-Knoxville for our 43rd Annual Employment Training and Rehabilitation Awards Banquet on Wednesday, April 9 at noon at the Hilton-Downtown Knoxville.

This luncheon will honor individuals who have worked diligently to overcome diversity in order to obtain competitive employment.  We will also be honoring community employers, organizations and individuals whose support of and contributions to our organization have allowed us to provide numerous employment opportunities for the individuals enrolled in our employment training and rehabilitation programs.

Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. operates twenty-nine retail locations and five employment training and rehabilitation centers throughout its 15-county service area in East Tennessee. Their mission is to provide vocational services and employment opportunities for people with barriers to employment. In 2013, Goodwill Industries-Knoxville served over 5,200 individuals and facilitated over 4,760 positive program completions.

Tickets are $20 each or $180 for a table of 10.  Please RSVP in advance by calling the Marketing Department at 865.588.8567.



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Don’t forget the Peter Millar trunk show at M.S. McClellan on Saturday, April 5!


 M. S. McClellan

5614 Kingston Pike

Melrose Place

Knoxville TN 865-584-3492

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Join us Friday, April 4th for a birthday celebration like no other! Enjoy 15% off ANY shoe in the store all day! And did we mention there will be champagne?? We’re not done yet– you can enter to win a gorgeous necklace from French Kande! Come celebrate this milestone with us and treat yourself as we toast to another five years! 



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Fig & Co is moving to a new location! Moving sale is going on now and don’t forget to stop by and check out our new store located at 5072 Kingston Pike!


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