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**Attention Decatur food and wine fans --- you can now order TMV wine at the
Wahoo!Grill, a delightful glass walled bistro on West College Avenue in Decatur.

Winter Hours:
Wine tastings and cheese, Friday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Drop ins welcome Tuesday through Friday after 1 p.m.
Group tours and tastings by appointment any day! 706-782-4777 or 404-277-9040


Tiger Mountain wines have won three double gold medals in the last three years, topping many California wines. Check the details on our Awards Page!


Upcoming Events


JAZZ UP YOUR JANUARY with soup and wine pairings, live music every Saturday of the month, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Admission: $15 --- $10 for wine club members. No reservations are needed, but (for our soup planning) please call us if you are bringing a group of eight or more! 706-782-4777
Jamie Allred
                    Celebrate the last of our 2015 Winter soup and wine parties, Saturday,
                    January 31, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
in the Barrel Room with a special soup by
                    Chef Jamie Allred, whose restaurant, FORTIFY, was recently named as
                    one of only two in Georgia on the national list of 100 Best Farm to Table
                    restaurants in the country!

                    Popular jazz singer Monica Spears entertains!

Monica Spears


Feb. 6 Wine Dinner: The Lake Rabun Hotel kicks off its elegant wine dinner series with Tiger Mountain wines on Friday, February 6. See www.lakerabunhotel.com for details. Call 706-782- 4946 NOW for reservations!

Chef Ryan SpruhanEXECUTIVE CHEF RYAN SPRUHAN Honored as a Best Chef America in 2013. Chef Spruhan is classically trained and experienced in French cooking. He uses a wealth of culinary expertise garnered from cooking with three James Beard chefs to now create his own unique flavors and style.

CHEF RYAN SAYS: "We are very excited to announce our series of Wine Dinners featuring North Georgia wineries! North Georgia has become quite the destination for quality winemakers and I, for one, cannot wait to show some of them off. We will begin our series with none other than Dr. John & Martha Ezzard of Tiger Mountain Vineyards on Friday, February 6."



SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14 is TIGER MOUNTAIN'S RENOWNED CHOCOLATE AND WINE PARTY --- and features the release of the 2011 CABERNET FRANC, a fabulous new vintage! (Yes, you can pre-order!) We have been sold out of the Cab Franc for about six months and produced only 60 cases of this great vintage. $25 per bottle; $20 to wine club members. Tiger Mountain's Cabernets have won 20 medals since 2001. The Reserve Cab in the previous vintage won a double gold in the 2014 International Eastern.

The party features chocolate fondue with strawberries, other decadent sea salt dark chocolates as well as Sweet Grass Dairy cheeses and artisan breads. Romantic jazz will set the scene for a special celebration --- 12:30 to 4 p.m. $15 admission. No reservations are necessary, but please call to give us a heads up if you are bringing a group of eight or more! 706-782-4777

Tiger Mountain will ship a small box of chocolate truffles ($8) with two or more bottles of wine in red mesh gift sacks to your special Valentine! Call winery manager Brandon Craft to order: 706-782-4777.

LISA EZZARD WINS MEDAL IN INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S WINE CONTEST
logoSonoma County, CA 2014.
This competition sponsored by Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine was judged by the wine industry's leading professional women. The competition not only recognizes the best wines that appealed to our judges, but also the wines they feel would most appeal and influence other women wine buyers and consumers. More than 975 wines were entered in the competition.
LIsa with award

Tasting room hours: Sunday through Friday 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., other times by appointment: 706-782-4777.


Mountain Wine Country is publishing a monthly newsletter which includes events at more than a dozen wineries in North Georgia and North Carolina. You can sign up for the newsletter by clicking here.

James Seib is Tiger Mountain's New Assistant Winemaker!

James
James Seib is Tiger Mountain's new Assistant Winemaker. A native of Toccoa, James is a graduate of the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and was once a student intern at Tiger Montain. He returns with additional winemaking and grape growing experience, having worked at Antica Winery, an Antinori facility in Napa Valley following his graduation.

"James has a good palate, understands the chemistry of wine and is extremely creative," says Dr. John Ezzard. "We are proud to have him join our Tiger Mountain team."


Martha Ezzard wins Georgia Author of the Year!

Almost 140 authors were nominated for this year's awards given by the Georgia Writers' Association in 11 different categories. Ezzard's book, The Second Bud, was the winner for the Memoirs category at the Saturday, June 8 annual dinner and awards ceremony.

"Opening Martha Ezzard's The Second Bud is like popping the cork on a bottle of fine wine: the more you sip, the gooder it gets. Forget all the glamorous, foo-foo crap you've ever heard about owning a vineyard; growing wine is hard work and so are the challenges the author and her husband face. So lush is Martha's telling that the reader is caught up in the fragrant, beautiful landscape of the vineyard without ever having set foot on the soil." Nancy Stephan, Memoir/Autobiography Judge
While traveling with Martha from Denver, Colorado to Atlanta and finally full-time to Tiger, be prepared for detours that will yank your heart strings and strike your funny bone... John Shivers, Georgia Mountain Laurel, October 2014

Read the complete review here on pages 16-17.

"In grape growing a second bud sometimes comes along to replace a first that has fallen victim to late spring frosts. As a metaphor for survival, perseverance and unexpected growth, it's pretty darned good. As the title of Martha Ezzard's book, it's perfect." Jill Vejnoska, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Martha Ezzard's book, THE SECOND BUD; DESERTING THE CITY FOR A FARM WINERY, is available in the Tasting Room, in Prater's Book Store in Clayton, Dahlonega's Naturally Georgia, and independent book stores throughout the southeast as well as The Tattered Cover in Denver.

In the Atlanta Metro area, the book is available at the Decatur Sherlock's/Cook's Warehouse, Eagle Eye Book Store in Decatur; A Cappella Books in Atlanta and The Book Exchange in Marietta.

Download the pdf July Arts Section book review from Smoke Signals (Big Canoe) or click here to read the review on the Press page.


Book Events

Wednesday, February 26: Book talk, Spartanburg, South Carolina
(Details to come)

Friday, March 6: Martha Ezzard featured speaker at Morgan Stanley luncheon, The Georgian Club

Monday, March 9: Book talk, Auburn Book Club, campus library, Auburn, AL

Saturday, March 14: Athens Book Club, meeting at the winery

For any of these events, contact Martha: mezzard@windstream.net

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Rick Bragg
Pulitzer prize winning writer Rick Bragg gives Martha's book a boost at a recent Atlanta Press Club event!

Bragg's new book,
Jerry Lee Lewis, His Own Story, based on hundreds of hours with the most colorful Rock and Roll star of all time, is a compelling true story, one only Bragg could be trusted to reveal.
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Marietta Book ClubMarietta book club, "Between the Wines," discussed The Second Bud at its recent meeting. Hostess Debbie Kelley offered a wine tasting to the group of book and wine lovers, which voted TMV Mountain Cyn its favorite!

Lilburn book club
Martha and Lilburn book group at December 10 Second Bud discussion hosted by Susan Varlamoff.

HAPPENINGS AT THE WINERY

staff
Tiger Mountain staff celebrates double gold for the 2010 Tannat!
staff Christmas
Tiger Mountain staff Christmas Party at the Ezzard home --- celebration included a bottle of 1999 Rabun Red.

York House
Lisa Ezzard and guests Stan and Christine Penton, owners of Rabun County's York House Inn, enjoy a Saturday barrel room party.
Red Barn in the snow
Red barn in winter snow is a treasured photo!

Georgia
Twenty two year old Georgia O'Farrell (Ezzard granddaughter and seventh generation on the Ezzard farm!) is a recent graduate of Cal Poly. She is an assistant farm to school coordinator for Georgia Organics and works at the winery on weekends!
partners
Partners John and Marilyn McMullan celebrate TMV's double gold Cab Franc Reserve at a recent dinner where it won more votes in a blind tasting than a French Cab!

wow book club
Fifteen guests from a Lilburn Book Club, headed by UGA's Susan Varlamoff, enjoyed the January 10 soup and wine event!
John pruning
It's winter pruning time at Tiger Mountain --Dr. John tackles the Tannat vines!

fire pit
A roaring fire in the patio fire pit at the Red Barn lends itself to numerous upcoming holiday and winter events at The Red Barn.
Dunkle
Cellist Marie Dunkle plays for special winter events at the Red Barn.

Picking grapes
Marietta friends examine a cluster of Petit Manseng on the October 18th vineyard hayride event for followers of Martha's book!

Winemaker Dr. John Ezzard with Tiger Mountain's gold medal 2011 Petit Manseng.


WELCOME NEW VENDORS

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Winemaker John Ezzard at Decatur Sherlocks store.
Now you can order Tiger Mountain wines at The White Birch Inn and Laurel Bar on Savannah Street in downtown Clayton. TMV wines are also listed at Harvest Habersham, the farm to table restaurant in historic Clarkesville that is getting rave reviews by fine dining critics for its ambiance and its locally grown fare. Zeppelin's in Clayton offers TMV Rabun Red and The Sky Valley Country Club serves Tiger Mountain wines. Betty's Country Store in Helen sells a broad selection of Tiger Mountain wines.

In Thomasville, GA, Liam's Restaurant is "The" place to dine-- Tiger Mountain wines are proudly served there. TMV wines are now listed at Rabun County's renowned Kingwood Country Club where members and non-members can enjoy gourmet dinners and a gorgeous view from the dining room. Guests may enjoy Tiger Mountain wines at the recently remodeled York House in Rabun Gap, an historic inn where owners Stan and Christine Penton host weddings, community events, and guests from around the country. The Healthy Gourmet in Athens now carries TMV wines. Owners Anne and Dave Wells, strong proponents of local food and wine, will special order any TMV wines they don't have. Tiger Mountain wines are also sold at the Athens Earthfare where organic and locally grown products are featured.

Tiger Mountain wines are now at Savor Wine Boutique at Kirkwood Station in Atlanta! The charming wine shop owned by Kyla and Gregory Cox, offers an exciting selection of wines from around the country and from other countries. The award winning Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta is serving Tiger Mountain's Rosé by the glass and TMV's 2008 Cabernet Franc Reserve by the bottle, the recent double gold medal winner. When you dine at Restaurant Eugene, ask for Sommelier Juan Cortez for food and wine pairing advice! You can order Tiger Mountain wines by the glass at several other top Atlanta restaurants: Nikolai's Roof, Seasons 52 (both Buckhead and Perimeter), Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar at Perimeter Center. Three Blind Mice, a popular Lilburn restaurant, also serves TMV wines.

See Where to Buy for contact information on all of our vendors.




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