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Celebrating the 2016 Harvest!

Staffer Gretchen Becker and UGA intern Emma Miller overseeing harvest party cheese table.


Family and friends presented Dr. John Ezzard, founder of Tiger Mountain fine dry wines 20 years ago, with a crystal cup at the harvest party: "Pioneer Vintner of the South"

Shelly Ezzard Smith and UGA senior Taylor Sanderson greet party goers with the 2014 Malbec release!


Piper and pickers--Party goers came early for picking to the piper -- a TMV tradition with bagpiper George McClellan.



Belgian Endive Leaves with Cashew Cream, Shiitake Bacon, Persimmon, Chopped Chive
pairing suggestion: TMV's gold medal Petit Manseng!

Family Style Meal
Ladybug Farm Roasted Butternut Squash with Roasted Pumpkin-seed, Rogue Blue Cheese, Jalapeno, Crispy Sage, Fried Shallot & Scallion
Timpson Creek Farms Lettuces & Early Fall Greens with Bacon Vinaigrette
Ladybug Farm Irish Potatoes with Clabber & Herbs
Brasstown Beef Dry Aged Rib-eye w/Fresh Horseradish Sauce

Proof Bakeshop Homemade S'more Pie

TIGER MOUNTAIN LIBRARY WINES WILL BE SERVED AND SOLD, the first time ever in the winery's 17 years of pioneering fine dry wines in North Georgia!

Red Barn dinner

Emma Miller, a senior from Alpharetta, is earning a B.S. in Agribusiness. She managed the front of the house at the Red Barn Café this summer, acting as the wine steward with customers as well. She also handled TMV's social media and is continuing that for us part time this fall. An outstanding young woman with great business sense and personal charm!Emma
Madison Malone, a UGA senior from Bainbridge, GA spent his summer learning barrel care and winemaking with TMV's Assistant Winemaker. He also worked in the vineyards and helped customers in the Tasting Room. Madison's parents own a wine shop in South Georgia and he would like to pursue further studies in enology. He is taking a semester off from school this fall to work though a harvest -- and TMV is thrilled to have him!Madison

Upcoming Events

  • October 2: Chattooga Belle Farm, Long Creek, S.C., hosts it annual farm to table dinner which will feature as one of its wines, TMV Burton Blanc Viognier. Tiger Mountain's Lisa Ezzard will be there to pour some samples of TMV red wines too. See www.chattoogabellefarm.com or call: (864) 647-9768 for reservations.

  • October 12: Join Tiger Mountain friends at FORTIFY KITCHEN & BAR for a featured farmer dinner as award winning Chef Jamie Allred presents dishes created with locally grown Tiger Mountain wines. Pick up the Allred-Ezzard cookbook at the restaurant or at the TMV winery for Chef Jamie's fabulous recipes from local farm foods. Call Fortify (706) 782-0050 or go on Open Table to make reservations.

  • October 22: Release party at the winery to celebrate  The 2014 Tannat vintage, a unique, earthy wine with hints of dark berries and smoke. Sliders on the grill; Jazz singer Monica Spears entertains, 1 to 3 p.m. Admission, $15; $10 for Red Barn patrons and wine club members.

  • October 29: Celebrate Halloween with cheese and chocolates. Enter a drawing for a bottle of Mountain Cyn! No admission fee; tasting fees only.

  • October 30: Last brunch of the season at The Red Barn Café! Two glasses of wine for the cost of one---a thank you from the owners and staff!

  • November: Stay tuned for our annual holiday pairings party -- pre-Thanksgiving! Tasting Room open daily until Thanksgiving. With the purchase of a bottle of wine, you can bring your own picnic and enjoy the leaf colors ----- on the patio of the Red Barn or under the old oak trees overlooking the vineyards!

  • You can now sample and purchase Martha's Norton, 2013, grown organically, at the Tiger Tasting Room and also at Tiger Mountain's DAHLONEGA TASTING ROOM, Naturally Georgia, 90 Public Square, Dahlonega, GA (naturallygeorgia.com for hours and events). The organically grown TMV Norton is featured in the current Fall Edition of Northeast Georgia Magazine!


    In addition to logo shirts, vests and hats, one of our most popular gifts is the three-bottle embossed box, $35 plus selected wines!
    wine box

    petit mensang
    Tiger Mountain's extraordinary Petit Manseng vintages have won four gold medals in the last four years (one each in Los Angles and San Francisco and The Jefferson Cup Invitational). Last month, the new 2015 vintage won gold in the 2016 International Eastern in which 1500 East Coast and mid Atlantic wines competed!


    Ezzard daughters Shelly and Lisa prepare fresh figs and plums  for the salad table at the 2016 harvest party.
    Dr John
    Dr. John describes his favorite Rabun County grown Malbec for party goers at the harvest party.

    winemakersWinery manger Brandon Craft and Assistant Winemaker Brian Monaccio work overtime during harvest but keep smiling as those grapes come in!  
    staff celebrate
    The TMV staff toast the 2013 Petit Manseng which won a gold medal in the 2015 San Francisco International, the nation's most influential wine contest, judged by 72 top wine experts!

    Assistant Winemaker Brian Monaccio with TMV Tasting Room staffers Rhonda Vincent(l) and Carole Raguckas(r).
    Lisa and McMullans
    TMV partners John and Marilyn McMullan and Lisa Ezzard enjoy 2016 spring celebration.

    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!

    The Tiger Mountain crew is getting ready for harvest!

    Tampa resident Vivian Fallio celebrates the Cabernet Franc release with Martha Ezzard. The Fallios are faithful TMV lovers who have a cabin in Franklin, N.C.
    tannat Tiger Mountain's 100 acre farm property and vineyards are full of lovely vistas for winery and Red Barn visitors.
    TMV partnersTM partners Ezzards and McMullans celebrate recent gold medal wine awards at the Red Barn!
    Winemaker Dr. John Ezzard with Tiger Mountain's gold medal 2013 Petit Manseng.


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    Winemaker John Ezzard at Decatur Sherlocks store.
    Tiger Mountain Rabun Red and Viognier are now available at the new Wicked Pig in downtown Clayton! La Prade's at Lake Burton sells Tiger Mountain wine by the bottle! 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! Lucky's Market is getting five star reviews in Savannah --- and you'll find Tiger Mountain 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 2013 Petit Manseng, the latest Malbec and White Tiger! 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. You can order Tiger Mountain wines at The White Birch Inn and Laurel Bar and at the fabulous new White Birch Provisions Gourmet Shop 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. 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 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 Ezzard's memoir about the Ezzards' pioneering vineyard venture which won the 2014 Georgia Author of the Year award, continues to attract press reviews and speaking engagements.

    "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.

    Upcoming book talks for fall

    September 20- Center for Life Enrichment group from Highlands/tasting, tour, lunch and book talk at the Red Barn Cafe.
    October 7- presentation to UGA OLLI class (alumni education) Athens on the history of Georgia wine, including the fine wine venture of Tiger Mountain and tips on how to taste!
    November 4- Decatur Book Club at The Red Barn!

    2016 fall book events are being scheduled now; contact Martha at 404-277-9040 or mezzard@windstream.net

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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.
    Tiger Mountain's 18th harvest is just as exciting  and intense as its first --- and the 2016 harvest party will once again feature "picking to the piper."
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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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