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Great turnout, feedback for wine fest

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Although a final headcount is pending, Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce President Mark Hinesley said between two and three thousand turned out last Saturday for the 14th annual A Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival.

The event was held at the Wilson County Exposition Center from noon until 6 p.m. and welcomed a record number of 24 wineries.

Hinesley, literally, couldn't say enough good things about their experience at the Expo.

"It was so well-received. I cannot compliment the Expo staff enough. They bent over backwards to help us out," he said. "They were outstanding and I can't thank them enough."

Hinesley was so impressed that he booked the 2018 event for the last Saturday of April - returning again to the Expo Center.

Hinesley added that over 100 people rode the Music City Star train from Nashville for the event, which was coordinated by Wilson County Mayor Randal Hutto.

"We had a great day. Many of the wineries sold out of wine," he added.

The event benefits the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce programs.

A Toast to Tennessee is the largest wine festival in the state to exclusively feature Tennessee wines.

In past years, the event has been held at the Nashville Superspeedway and Nashville Shores. Hinesley said they chose to bring it back to Wilson County this year when the Expo Center was open to accommodate them.

"We said for years, 'If Wilson County had a place we could use, we would come back,'" he said.

And they did.

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