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Meet Lynn. She's pretty awesome.

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Meet Lynn. She's pretty awesome.

Lynn writes on chalkboards and tells stories. If you’re into conversations about goats, Mardi Gras parades, any other kinds of fun festivities, family, ghost stories, Chinese history, or just life in general, Lynn is your girl.

Before she started working at Beans Creek Winery, Lynn decorated private homes for a living. She also worked as a custom decorator for JCPenney.

She’s worked at the winery for about a year and heard about this job from her neighbor, who used to work at the winery. Lynn enjoys her job.  

“I love talking to all the interesting people from different places,” she said. “I also love working with the owners of the winery, the Browns. They’re just really, really sweet people.”

Lynn’s favorite wine is Bonnaroo Red. Inspired by the Bonnaroo Music Festival, this wine is fun, artsy, sweet, fresh and spicy – just like Lynn.  

When she’s not working, Lynn spends time with her family and her animals. She has chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, dogs and cats.

Lynn loves to read. Her favorite book is “The Good Earth” by Pearl S. Buck. Buck describes the struggles of Chinese people before World War I. “It’s so good. It’s about a guy and his life story – the rise and fall of his fortunes,” Lynn said.  

With her versatile interests, Lynn is fun to be around. When you visit the winery, she’ll make you feel at home; you’ll feel like you’re talking to someone you’ve known for years. 

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Meet Kathy. Passions: Food, Wine, People, Places

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Meet Kathy. Passions: Food, Wine, People, Places

Kathy, how long have you worked at Beans Creek Winery?

I’ve worked here for almost 12 years. I started on Halloween, about three weeks after the winery opened its doors. At that time, only the owners, Tom and Becky Brown, and their son, Josh Brown, were working at the winery. So other than family, I was really the first employee.

How did you learn about this job?

Becky and I taught together for more than 20 years at North Coffee Elementary School. I told her, years and years ago, that she would have a winery one day, and I would work there. It worked out perfectly. The year I retired, Becky and Tom opened Beans Creek Winery.

What’s your favorite thing about working at the winery?

I love meeting the people who are traveling, talking with them, learning where they’ve been and where they’re going. They want to know about wines, and I want to hear about places they’ve visited. I recommend wines and wine pairings to them, they recommend places to me. It’s just fun.

What’s your favorite wine?

Chardonel. Before I started working here, I knew about Chardonnay, but I wasn’t familiar with Chardonel. I love our Chardonel, and if you haven’t tried it, you need to try it.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the winery?

I’m a cooking person, a foodie. I love to cook and to pair food with wine. I try new recipes, new ideas. It’s just fun to try different combinations and see what goes together and how flavors change.  

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News: Beans Creek Winery's Founder Receives an Award

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News: Beans Creek Winery's Founder Receives an Award

Tom Brown, Beans Creek­ Winery’s founder, has been presented with an award from the Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Alliance (TFWA) at the annual Pick TN Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Feb. 13, 2016.

This award is called The Decanter Award and this is the first year it has been presented.

Tom Brown’s son, Josh Brown, received the award on his behalf. Louisa Cooke, the owner of Beachaven Winery in Clarksville, Tennessee, presented the award.

“We felt that a ship’s decanter was an appropriate award because a decanter is a vessel that improves the wine that is poured into it. A ship's decanter has a wide, flat base that ensures that its contents will remain safe and not spill or spoil during rough voyages,” Cooke said. “The association felt that this award should go to a person who has improved the Tennessee wine industry and encouraged its stability in an ever-changing environment. Tom Brown has been that catalyst for the last 10 years by being the president of both the Tennessee Viticultural and Oenological Society and the Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Alliance, chairman of the Tennessee Horticultural Exposition, serving on many committees and boards, while running his own winery. He is a true entrepreneur.”

Thirty wineries participated in the conference. Next year, it will be held in Franklin, Tennessee, on Feb. 16-18.

Tom and Josh Brown have been members of TFWA since 2004. TFWA represents its member wineries and vineyards and supports the production of commercial wines and grapes throughout the state. 

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