ANNUAL HARVEST PARTY IS SATURDAY OCTOBER 4TH. SAVE THE DATE!
August 9: Kick off our Saturday night dinners at the Red Barn --- two glasses of Norton or Rabun Red for the price of one on first Saturday! Live music too! Friday and Saturday night Red Barn dinners continue through October. Call for reservations for dinners or Saturday and Sunday lunch/brunch: 706-782-4777.
August 16: Release party at the winery of the first bottling of Martha's Norton, grown chemically free for the last four years. Only 27 cases in this bottling! Party at the winery, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Music by Mountain Hoo Doo, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sign up for hayrides from the barn patio of farm places in Martha's book, The Second Bud. $25 per person for hayride ending with a vintner's plate and a glass of Martha's Norton on the barn patio. (Tip for wait staff not included!) Martha will sign books.
August 30: The Greg Presmanes Trio entertains under the trees behind the winery -- four wines for tasting and Sweet Grass Dairy cheeses. Admission $10. 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Music 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.) Enter a drawing in the Tasting Room with your admission ticket for a bottle of Cabernet Franc Reserve!
September 6: Harvest wine dinner with Red Barn Chef Charles Maddrey of Hemlock Springs Farm. $85 per person, plus tax --- five courses, five award winning wines. Pre-paid reservations required/limited seating in the Red Barn Café. You can make reservations by calling the Tasting Room, 706-782-4777 now!
Tasting room hours: Sunday and Friday 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., other times by appointment: 706-782-4777.
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James Seib is Tiger Mountain's New Assistant Winemaker!
|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 will be working closely with winemaker Dr. John Ezzard and assistant vineyard manager and Red Barn director Lisa Ezzard. He will also coordinate tasting room and special events with winery and business manager Brandon Craft.|
"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."
Leigh Lister is TMV's Seventh UGA Intern
Leigh Lister of Cochran, Georgia is the 2014 UGA intern at Tiger Mountain, the winery's seventh student intern. TMV was one of the founders of the College of Agriculture program initiated by Dean Scott Angle to place students in North Georgia vineyards.
Leigh graduated in June with a degree in food sciences, was president of the UGA Ambassadors, and studied viticulture while at UGA in Cortona, Italy. He enters graduate school to earn an MBA in Agricultural Economics in August but will return to help with harvest and in the tasting room as his schedule allows!
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
"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.
August 9: Book reading and signing event for Georgia Writers' Association Author of the Year winners and finalists. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kennesaw State University Center, 333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw, 30114.
August 12: Book talk and signing at the Rabun County Library in Clayton, 4 p.m. Call the library for additional information. 706-782-3731.
August 16: Hayride farm tour of places in Martha's book --- the pond, the hidden creek, Martha's home --- followed by vintner's plate and taste of Martha's chemical free Norton at the Red Barn. 2 to 5 p.m. Cost: $25- plus cost of book (optional- some already have it). Space limited. Reservations: 706-782-4777.
August 31: Decatur Book Festival: Ezzard presentation 3:45 p.m. Signing follows. For more information, contact Laura McKee, email@example.com.
October 1: Ezzard to lead workshop on memoir writing at the Northeast Georgia Writers' Association meeting in Gainesville. Details to come!
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Martha and daughter Lisa at a recent book signing
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Martha and Mercer University Press Marketing Director Mary Beth Kosowski prepare for "the Literary Vine" event at the South Carolina Book Festival in Columbia.
HAPPENINGS AT THE WINERY
Super Moon, Super Wine! Photo: Linden Longino
Margie Stockton and husband Harry Marshall enjoy lunch and Tiger Mountain wine on the patio of the Red Barn Café!
Dr. John Ezzard accepts The Legacy Award from the Clayton Tribune, given annually to a native of Rabun County for outstanding accomplishments.
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!
Tiger Mountain has won two double gold medals- one for Petit Manseng in the 2012 Los Angeles International and one for the Cabernet Franc Reserve in the 2014 International Eastern!
Photo by Edible Tapestry
The Feed and Seed Marching Abominables and a bonfire of the winter prunings are highlights of the TMV "Awakening the Vines Party".
Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson, wife Valerie, and some of their family came to dinner at the Red Barn Café July 4th. They were greeted by Martha and John Ezzard.
Ezzard granddaughter, twenty-one year old Georgia O'Farrell, a June graduate of Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, will spend this harvest season at Tiger Mountain helping in the vineyards and in the tasting room. She studied in France last year and knows a lot about wine!
Guests enjoy roasted sausages on the patio.
Winemaker Dr. John Ezzard with Tiger Mountain's gold medal 2011 Petit Manseng.
WELCOME NEW VENDORS
Winemaker John Ezzard at Decatur Sherlocks store.
Tiger Mountain wines can now be ordered at the Sky Valley Country Club and at the Copper Pot in historic Clarkesville. www.thecopperpotrestaurant.com. Uncorked on Main in Villa Rica is now featuring Tiger Mountain wines. Stop by this lively spot for special weekend events and purchase Tiger wine by the bottle! Owner Larry Walker, who has started a vineyard of his own, is extremely knowledgeable about local 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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