Wine & Food Seminars


Stay tuned for the 2017 seminar schedule!

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Thank you to Jackson Downs Wine & Liquors for once again being our seminar sponsor!


Life is just better with peaches in it! These crisp, sweet wines are like drinking a glass full of summer! 


These yummy blackberry wines taste like berries plucked right off the vine! 


These lightly colored, aromatic wines are a real treat! What's the next great summer white?

We put the fun in fundamentals! Our enjoyable, informative topics in a laid-back atmosphere make our wine and food experience seminars a festival favorite! Seminars are offered on the hour and last approximately 20 minutes. Sit back, relax, and enjoy while entertaining your tastebuds. All seminars feature sips of Tennessee wines and a nibble or two of something tasty. It just doesn't get any better than this!

Seating is limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis. All educational events include wine and food sampling and are free of charge. Attendees must vacate the seating area after each event in order to allow staff to clean up and set up the next workshop.


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Originally from Starkville, Miss., Tammy Algood is a viticulture and wholesale produce specialist for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture's Market Development Division. She has a Bachelor’s of Science from Mississippi State University and a Master’s from Middle Tennessee State University. She writes about food for The Tennessean and monthly for The Tennessee Magazine. As the spokesperson for the statewide “Pick Tennessee Products” campaign, Tammy also develops recipes for their website at Broadcast appearances include Nashville’s local ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates as well as statewide on PBS. Tammy can also be seen nationally on the HGTV and DIY networks.

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Tony Johnston is a professor at Middle Tennessee State Univerity in the Agribusiness & Agriscience Department. He earned his B.S. Geophysics, University of Arkansas in 1980; his M.S. in Food Science, University of Arkansas in 1986; his Ph.D. in Food Science (Enology and Viticulture), University of Arkansas in 1995 and a MPH, Epidemiology, University of Florida in 2014. He spent several years in the food industry with Tyson Foods, Pilgrim's Pride, and Sara Lee Corporation and also has past experience as owner/winemaker at Sumner Crest Winery and Monteagle Winery.