Laurel Branch at Grimes Mill Winery

Have you been to Grimes Mill Winery? We have! Last Saturday, Arielle, Breanna, and Charley visited the winery for a tasting and to see Laurel Branch, a folk-Americana band with members Jane Tatum, Julia Sparks, Ann Caldwell, and Sara Pitney. We had a blast!

Upon arrival, we were greeted by two dogs who live on site. The location is beautiful! The vineyard is home to rows and rows of growing grapes (naturally) and several horses. The tasting room is small, cozy, and smells of cedar. The staff, including the two dogs, is friendly and knowledgable. Oh! And the wine! Simply put, the wine is delicious. We tasted several and liked each one we tried. Arielle and Charley left with a bottle of the Fantasia blush, while Breanna opted for the Chardonnay. 

The reason for our visit, though, was to finally see our friends' band, Laurel Branch. We're glad we did! These ladies know how to draw a crowd. People came from neighboring cities and even Tennessee just to hear them play! When you've been together as long as they have, you tend to have a few loyal fans, it would seem. Their music, if you haven't yet had the pleasure, is lovely. They sang some crowd favorites, insisting we all sing a long. Who doesn't love a sing-along? The style, as mentioned earlier, is a folk-Americana blend with all four members taking turns on lead vocals. They fell into perfect harmony, except when they didn't, and then we all had a good laugh. These ladies know how to have fun with the crowd and inspire a variety of emotions, which is something we can all appreciate in good music. 

A perfect evening was had by the White Willow girls, and a much needed break after the whirlwind that a new business brings. 

:::WW

Breanna, Charley, and Arielle. 

Breanna, Charley, and Arielle. 

Laurel Branch! Ann (guitar and mandolin), Sara (autoharp, harmonica, kazoo), Jane (guitar), and Julia (bass guitar). 

Laurel Branch! Ann (guitar and mandolin), Sara (autoharp, harmonica, kazoo), Jane (guitar), and Julia (bass guitar). 

Arielle is doing what she does best: smooching horses. 

Arielle is doing what she does best: smooching horses. 

Wine, growing on the vine. 

Wine, growing on the vine. 

The view is quite nice. 

The view is quite nice. 

Arielle captured this lovely view of the sunset. 

Arielle captured this lovely view of the sunset.