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TMV's 2013 Petit Manseng won a gold medal in The San Francisco International - announced to winners this week and to be posted on the web site, www.sfwinecomp.com and published in The Tasting Panel Magazine the first week of July. The contest is judged by 72 of the nation's top food and wine experts and draws more than 4900 entries from 28 states and 31 countries. It is the oldest, largest, and most influential international competition in America.

TMV's unique Petit Manseng also won a double gold in the Los Angeles International three years ago, topping many Napa and Sonoma wines. Two Tiger Mountain red wines, Cabernet Franc and Tannat won double gold medals last year. See the Awards Page for a listing of recent medals!

Rave reviews are coming in about Red Barn weddings!
Kerbe wrote a five star review last week on www.weddingwire.com

"We completely stumbled upon Tiger Mountain Vineyards on a mini vacation to North Georgia. When we heard they did weddings, we looked into it. Lisa, the manager, and her staff were so welcoming and sweet! We had a fabulous lunch by their chef and got a tour of the grounds. Since we committed to using their vineyard as our venue, Lisa has done everything she can to be accommodating to our needs and wants. We are planning from Florida, so it is a bit more difficult to plan, but she has definitely helped put us at ease. Whether planning a wedding or just want great wine and food, visit TMV! "

Upcoming Events


RED BARN WEEK END FARE: Don't miss the creative, fresh and local gourmet presentations on Saturdays and Sundays by award winning Chef Jamie Allred's team from Fortify Kitchen and Bar!

FRIDAY evenings at the Red Barn feature southern dinners - barbecue, shrimp, smoked chicken, and steak by Ryan Honey of The Wicked Pig. Pork medallions with Tiger Mountain Norton - what could be better on a candlelit summer evening on the Red Barn patio!

See Red Barn page for menus!

Saturday, June 27: Enjoy popular jazz singer Monica Spears and guitarist Derek Worth at the Tasting Room from 1:00 p.m.

Friday, July 3: Cellist and violinist Marie Dunkel plays for dinner at the Red Barn.

Saturday, July 4: CELEBRATE OUR GOLD MEDAL at the Tasting Room, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., with music by the Kittle-Collings Duo, cheeses, and hors d'oeuvres! We will pour, toast, and offer discounts on our Thomas Jefferson wine, the American Norton, to salute Independence Day. (A few cases left and available July 4th of Martha's organically grown Norton!)

Admission: $15 (only $10 if you dine at the Red Barn for dinner or lunch!)

Saturday, July 11: Scott Rainwater on guitar at the Red Barn!

SAVE THE DATE of July 18 for an exciting release of a new white wine: WHITE TIGER! Details to come!


Tiger Mountain is fortunate to have award winning Chef Jamie Allred of Fortify Kitchen and Bar in Clayton overseeing the menus with his Red Barn team for Saturday lunch, Sunday brunch, and Saturday dinner. Chef Jamie's Fortify was recently named one of the 100 top farm to table restaurants by Open Table and the only one in a rural area! See www.fortifyclayton.com. Please call ahead for Red Barn reservations: 706-782-4777. For booking weddings/events at The Red Barn, contact special events coordinator Lisa Ezzard lisa@tigerwine.com. See Red Barn page for all menus.
Jamie Allred

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.

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, Fox Tale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, 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

June 18: Book event at the Advent Shop, Church of the Advent, Spartanburg, SC. Contact: adventshoppe@churchofadvent.org.

June 19: Book talk, wine tasting, and book signing, 4-6 pm at The Book Shelf, 94 North Trade Street, Tryon, NC 28782. Phone: 828-859-9304.

June 20: Columbia, SC, Literary Vine, garden to table event with food and wine pairings and book talk. Benefit for The Richland Library. To be held at The Richland Library St. Andrews, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 2916 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC. Contact: sharris@richlandlibrary.com.

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

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speakersKristen Fricks Roman, Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Martha at the Georgian Club.
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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.

Polo Club couples book group from Cumming enjoyed a catered dinner and book discussion recently at the Red Barn.


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Martha and John Ezzard welcome the Seed and Feed Marching Abominables to the spring party.
Polo Club book friends enjoy a summer Sunday day with dinner at the Red Barn!

wine glassesA toast to the 2015 vintage with the burning of the 2014 winter canes! Photo by Bob Zavasnid Martha
Martha Ezzard at the 2015 High Museum Wine Auction Tasting. Tiger Mountain was the only Georgia winery participating in this year's event, one of the top ten wine auctions in the country!

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 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!

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Artist Shelly Ezzard Smith prepares a brunch dish with Tiger Mountain Viognier!
tannat Tiger Mountain's 100 acre farm property and vineyards are full of lovely vistas for winery and Red Barn visitors.
Red BarnThe Red Barn Café opened May 1 - a romantic spot for candlelight dinners or lively lunches on weekends!
Winemaker Dr. John Ezzard with Tiger Mountain's gold medal 2011 Petit Manseng.

staff Tiger Mountain staff celebrates double gold for the 2010 Tannat! dancing
Opening Saturday night dinner at the Red Barn was an evening to dance about! Some guests danced on the patio to the music of guitarist and song writer Tim McCabe!


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Winemaker John Ezzard at Decatur Sherlocks store.
You can now order TMV wine at Wahoo!Grill, a delightful glass walled bistro on West College Avenue in Decatur. Welcome Magnolia Oaks, a charming bed and breakfast, located in Clermont, GA on the Dahlonega Highway. Innkeepers Terry and Marie Dawson serve Georgia wines to their guests, including Tiger Mountain wines! 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. The Sky Valley Country Club in Clayton 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 win, 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.

In Rabun County, the award winning FORTIFY restaurant and bar features Tiger Mountain wines as does the Lake Rabun Hotel with its rustic and elegant setting on the lake. TMV wines are also served at Fromage Fine Foods in Clayton and at the popular Dillard House.

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

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