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Best Vinifera in Georgia/ Winery of Distinction
2017 Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge

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Tiger  Mountain staffers celebrate TMV's gold medal in the L.A. International Wine Competition!


  • August 18- Guitarist Mike Chaet entertains in the Tasting Room 2 to 4 p.m.

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  • Saturday, September 1: Labor Day celebration at the Tasting Room. Singer, guitarist Greg Presmanes entertains - 1:30 to 4 p.m. No admission charge; tasting fees only. Free for wine club members; half price tastings for Red Barn patrons.

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    A harvest picnic with gourmet cheeses is part of the celebration.
  • THE 2018 HARVEST PARTY IS SET FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23. TMV could not find a Saturday in September that didn't have big home football games for our Auburn, Clemson, Tech, and UGA fans. We will start the picnic and live music at 12:30 (so not to interfere with some religious services) with the customary grape picking earlier. The party, as always, is for wine club members and their guests and our business partners. See Tigerwine Tasters page and learn how to become a wine member and be included in this great fall celebration!
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    "Picking to the Piper" is a TMV harvest tradition!

    Chef Charles has added some wonderful dishes to his
    weekend dinner menu --- see Red Barn page for update!



    Tiger Mountain welcomed its 12th UGA intern this season, Ben Brooks, from Perry, GA. Ben will be a senior at UGA, has studied in the Cortona wine program and did a super job for TMV in the vineyards- as well as pouring, explaining our wines to Red Barn and Tasting Room customers!


    Tucker Williamson spent a second summer working in the vineyards and Red Barn Café at Tiger Mountain. Tucker will be a senior at Carson Newman University in Jefferson City, TN where he also plays college football!

    MORE VISITOR KUDOS FOR TMV! I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and taste of the wines.... I found the Tasting Room to be on a par with many we have visited in Sonoma. My two favorites were the Viognier and the Cabernet Franc. I came home with a few bottles and a T-shirt. I can't wait to return and bring my husband. We're members of multiple wineries, mostly in Healdsburg, California and have a cellar full of nice bottles that we consume often. I'm tickled to find something only two hours from home at Tiger Mountain. - Denise Jordan Lane, October 19, 2017


    The newly released 2017 Rosé is a great vintage - Cabernet Franc based, dry but fruity. TMV's past Rosé was named Best Rosé in Georgia - and this one is a match for it!

    White Tiger

    2017 vintage now available!
    White Tiger is TMV's own unique blend of Petit Manseng, Viognier, and Seyval Blanc! A great spring and summer wine - crisp and refreshing with soft cheeses, pastas, crepes!

  • TMV was first to discover that the Portuguese Touriga Nacional and the French Cahors region Tannat (southwest France) would make a unique, deep rich blend! The 2015 vintage has barrel aged almost two years and bottle aged three months. Now ready to drink --- stop by to taste!

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  • TMV's 2015 Malbec is a showstopper! One of the best vintages have ever produced. Only 125 cases produced. It exudes dark berry tones with a touch of leathery earth. Great with duck, lamb, roasted pork, or ham.

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  • The 2017 Petit Manseng is now available in the Tasting Room and and was named "Best wine in Georgia" in the 2017 Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge. Tiger Mountain's John Ezzard pioneered Petit Manseng in Georgia; TMV vintages have won four gold medals in the last four years -- one each in Los Angles and San Francisco and The Jefferson Cup Invitational. The 2015 vintage won gold in the 2016 International Eastern in which 1500 East Coast and mid-Atlantic wines competed!


    Feed and Seed band
    The Seed and Feed Marching Abominables awakened the vines at Tiger Mountain last week for the 15th season - directed this spring by TMV wine club member Alan Taylor!   Photo credit: Peter McIntosh
    Atlanta attorney Barbara Alexander and friends toast at special lunch together in the Red Barn April 28!

    Miraculously, a rainbow blessed this bride and groom just after their wedding ceremony at Tiger Mountain Vineyards!
    Lisa and McMullans
    TMV partners John and Marilyn McMullan and Lisa Ezzard enjoy a wine club event.

    Red Barn
    The Red Barn Café, open from May to November, offers an atmosphere of rustic elegance - enjoy a wine and dine experience in the 75-year-old restored Dairy Barn!
    Holiday party
    Friends and wine happily meet in the Tasting Room most Saturdays!

    Lisa harvest

    Lisa Ezzard, vineyard manager, tests the Cabernet Franc.
    TNT wine

    Touriga Nacional and Tannat are both grown at Tiger Mountain --- TNT is a popular unique blend of the two!

    TMV partnersTM partners Ezzards and McMullans celebrate recent gold medal wine awards at the Red Barn! shelley
    Ezzard daughter Shelly Ezzard Smith makes oyster stew for Christmas Eve and pairs it with Petit Manseng from the unique grape cultivated in the Ezzard Vineyard!


    In addition to logo shirts, vests, hats, and Tiger stripe stoppers, a popular gift for football fans is our Tiger Tanker ---- and an elegant gift for special people in your life for Valentine's or other special occasions is a bottle of Sweet Petit in a lovely mesh sack ---- named "Best Dessert wine in Georgia, 2016." Call TMV Tasting Room manager Delena Joedicke: 706-782-4777.



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    Winemaker John Ezzard at Decatur Sherlocks store.
    Now you can order Tiger Mountain's 2016 Provence style dry Rosé at So Ho Restaurant in Vinings Jubilee where you'll find seasonal presentations with a gourmet flair! Tiger Mountain is pleased to have some of its best wines at the new Lake Burton Bottle Shop, 7885 Hwy 197 -- where owners Tyler and Jessica Boone sell fine wines and craft beer! Four Whole Foods have recently re-stocked TMV wines: Marietta Whole Foods, Avalon, Sandy Springs and Briarcliff as well as Marietta Wine Market! Tiger Mountain is thrilled to be a featured wine at Decatur's exciting new wine and gourmet shop --- Wahoo Wine and Provisions, featuring wine tastings every Saturday! See www.wahooowine.com. Ellijay fans can now purchase some of our latest wines at Appalachian Beverage Warehouse! Sky Valley Country Club, which recently featured TMV wines at a dinner, now lists them for members to enjoy at any time. The award winning Fortify Kitchen and Barn as well as Fortify Pi both list Tiger Mountain wines. Fortify Pi now offers our latest dry Rose, Cabernet Franc based. Tiger Mountain Rabun Red and Viognier are now available at the new Wicked Pig in downtown Clayton! You can now order Tiger Mountain Norton at the U-Joint in Clayton - great with their fabulous burgers! Also in Clayton, Grapes and Beans has Tiger Mountain's Rabun Red - and at White Birch Provisions on Savannah Street, you can purchase Tiger Mountain wines by the bottle, including the gold medal Petit Manseng! The legendary Partridge Inn in Augusta is where many Masters golf fans and VIPs often stay. Tiger Mountain wines can also be purchased at Augusta's best known wine shop, The Vineyard Wine Shoppe, 4414 Evans Locke Road. Tiger Mountain is proud to have recently placed its Georgia grown wines there!

    The Salt Table in Savannah, the popular gourmet spice and gift shop, also carries local wines and has a grand selection of Tiger Mountain wines, including the 2016 White Tiger and the latest Mountain Cyn (Norton, also known as Cynthiana, and Cabernet Franc blend). David and Carl Legasse, the owners, are knowledgeable advisers about wines for the holidays! Fernside Package Store is a convenient stop for Toccoa residents to pick up TMV wines, including Petit Manseng and Cabernet Franc. 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. 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's popular Rabun Red blend is now available in The Wine Shoppe on the square in Blairsville.

    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 available at the Lake Rabun Hotel Restaurant, by the glass or bottle. TMV wines are also served at Fromage Fine Foods and Rumor Hazit in Clayton and at the popular Dillard House.

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

    Martha is scheduling Second Bud book talks for 2018 NOW!

    Her presentation can include an update on the growing North Georgia Wine industry!

    To schedule with Martha, e-mail her: mezzard@windstream.net or call her cell: 404-277-9040.

    NEXT EVENT: Book presentation, Wildflower Bunch Garden Club - 10:30 a.m. Big Canoe.

    Second Bud Reviews

    "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 Dec. 9, 2013

    "The Second Bud," the story of how the grapes came to be, putting Tiger Mountain Vineyards among Georgia's foremost wineries, is a recounting to make Rabun County proud. Michael Leonard, publisher, The Clayton Tribune, Sept. 26, 2013

    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 Georgia Writers Assn., 2014

    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

    The Second Bud is a poignant narrative told with humorous anecdotes and poetic visual imagery. M.J. Sullivan, Northeast Georgia Living, spring, 2014

    Ezzard knows how to tell a story, to pull readers out of their everyday routines and lure them into her changing world. "A Toast to The Second bud and Starting Over." Barbara Schneider, publisher, Smoke Signals, Big Canoe News

    It's the idea of being about the soil, a sense of taste and of place.... Scottie Taylor Iverson, the Villager, Denver, Colorado, March 13, 2014

    Where to buy The Second Bud

    Martha Ezzard's book, THE SECOND BUD; DESERTING THE CITY FOR A FARM WINERY, is available in the Tasting Room, the IGA at Marble Hill, Foxtale 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 Cook's Warehouse, Eagle Eye Book Store in Decatur, A Cappella Books in Atlanta, and The Book Exchange in Marietta.

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    Ezzard signs books following a presentation to Auburn University writing class taught by Dr. Terry Ley.
    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.

    Members of the Mount Paran Woods Garden Club discussed rose care in the vineyards with Ezzard as well as grape growing and Georgia wines.

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