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Beechwood Inn - Wine Tasting

Beechwood Inn - Georgia's Premier Wine Country Inn P.O. Box 429
220 Beechwood Dr
Clayton, GA 30525
(706) 782-5485 Email Us

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Wine Tastings: Would you like a personal wine tasting for you and your friends? The Beechwood Innkeepers can set up beginner, intermediate or wine tastings for experienced wine-tasters. Just let us know what your interests are and we will exceed your expectations. Costs for special wine tastings start at $15.00 per person. Here are some tastings you can select from:

Chardonnay Wood Barrel Tasting: This is a tasting of Beechwood Inn’s Chardonnay components.  This includes small lot made Chardonnays fermented in American Oak, French Oak, Hungarian Oak and Stainless Steel, with and without Malo-Lactic Fermentation. This provides an interesting education on the various ways to make Chardonnay with the pleasure of sampling wonderful wines as you learn. Tasting is $15.00 per person, minimum 2.

Beechwood Inn Tasting: We make 4 different varietals from Georgia grapes: Chardonnay, Viognier, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Sauvignon.  We offer a  private tasting of each of these wines along with commentary on how each is grown and made. Tasting is $15 per person, minimum 2.  

Classic Varietal Tasting: Just beginning? Let us lead you through a tasting of some of the most popular varietals, including: Chardonnay, Riesling, Rosé, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. We will explain the difference in varietal characteristics and how the wines can be paired with foods.  Tastings start at $35 per person, minimum 4.

Lesser Known Grape Varieties: There are hundreds of varietals of grapes grown around the world that make high quality table wines.  Most of us can name maybe a dozen that we are familiar with.  Let us take you on a whirlwind journey around the world so you can taste varietals such as Mencia from Spain, Aglianico from Italy, Petite Menseng from France and Torrentes from Argentina. These wines offer unique aromas and flavors that you will never experience in Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. They reflect not only the unusual varietal but the place in which they are grown and the winemakers own tastes. Tastings start at $40 per person, minimum 4.

Interesting Varietal Tasting:  Don’t know the difference between Pinto Gris and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Gamay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, or Syrah and Petite Sirah. Let us guide you through the typical characteristics of some popular grape varieties that are confusing to lots of wine enthusiasts. We’ll make it all simple and interesting as you learn how to differentiate several varieties of wine. Tastings start at $80 per person, minimum 4.

The Impact of Aging on Wine (the wine’s aging not yours): Let us select some older wines from our cellar so that you can view the effect of age on wine.  Wine is made up of many organic compounds and its taste and aroma changes as these organics age in the bottle and decay.  Young wine is filled with the tastes and smells of fresh fruits, flowers, spices, vanilla, fresh oak and the soil in which it was grown. Older wines grow in tertiary smells and flavors that include leather, tobacco, tar, truffles, decaying leaves and herbaceousness. The secret is to drink wine when both these characteristics are positive and contributory. This is when wine is at its most enjoyable and complex. Tastings start at $100 per person, minimum 6.

Don’t see the tasting or price point you would like? Since we have a large wine cellar we can offer introductory to advanced tastings of unusual wines from around the world that will fit your budget. Just let us know what you are interested in and we will be happy to plan a tasting session for you or your group.

Innkeepers/Sommeliers David and Gayle Darugh grew up in the wine country of Sonoma and Napa California, respectively. David’s parents owned and operated a restaurant in Sonoma during his youth. Together they taught wine appreciation at the University of Tennessee during the 1980’s.  Gayle was the President of the American Wine Society from 1998 to 1999. David was the General Counsel from 1990 through 2000. Both are Chevaliers in the Ordre Ducal De La Croix De Bourgogne, Dijon, France. Together they have traveled the world in pursuit of fine wines and interesting foods.  

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