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piper and lisa

Lisa Ezzard and bagpiper Daniel Bollinger. "Picking to the Piper" strolling piper in the vineyards is a TMV harvest tradition!

picking grapes

Dallas Gonzales of Athens, and friend --- Dallas samples Martha's Norton, grown chemically free, which guests picked at the party!

Almost 300 turned out for TMV's annual grape picking, music and gourmet picnic for our wine club members and guests. (Check the Tigerwine Tasters page and find out how to be included in the spring bash for wine club as well as the next harvest party!)
harvest party tent

Guests gathered at the tent overlooking the vineyards for the harvest feast----but the rain let up for most of the day!


New Assistant winemaker Brian Monaccio punches down
the cap on a vat of fermenting Touriga Nacional grapes!

Upcoming Events

tailgate partyFriday, October 9- Jeans and Jazz at the Red Barn 5 to 7 p.m.
Hamburgers from the grill with build your own trimmings! Jazz Mountain entertains. $15 includes a glass of your favorite wine. Come as you are! Reservations not necessary - except for groups of six or more.

tailgate partySaturday, October 17- Save the date for TMV's fall Tailgate Party at the winery --- football snacks and wine from the back of pick up trucks. TV screen in Tasting Room for football fans! 1 to 3 p.m. $15 admission includes roasted sausages and other football food plus a glass of wine!

Sunday, November 1- Special wine dinner at the Red Barn featuring Best Chefs America Dave and Gayle Darugh of Clayton's award winning Beechwood Inn. Details and menu to come.

White TigerWith its metallic label and refreshing character, WHITE TIGER is destined to be a favorite summer and boat house white wine! TRY IT!

tiger and wineTiger Mountain's hearty American Norton continues to be the most popular red for summer barbecues and grilled meats --- the perfect pairing for cookouts.

Martha Ezzard wins Georgia Author of the Year!

Martha Ezzard's memoir about the Ezzards' pioneering vineyard venture, 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.

Book Events

October 12: Atlanta Book Club event at Lake Burton. Home of Becky Callahan. 3:00 pm. Contact Martha for details.

October 21: Book Talk, Auburn PEO (Advancement of Women in Education)

January 26, 2016: Mount Paran Garden Club

March 18, 2016: "The Challenge of Change," Women's Conference, Kennesaw State Institute for Leadership and Ethics

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.
hay bales
The house in the vineyards "with two towers" that Martha writes about in her book is reality today as are the freshly mown hayfields with the round bales dotting them! Photo from patio of Red Barn --- July 11, 2015.
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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 book friends enjoyed a summer Sunday dinner and book talk at the Red Barn!


White Tiger releaseShelly Ezzard Smith (center), artist and TMV label designer at the White Tiger release party with Ezzard grandson Samuel Smith and Ezzard granddaughter Georgia O'Farrell (daughter of Lisa Ezzard). 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!

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!

Red Barn
The Red Barn Café opened May 1 - a romantic spot for candlelight dinners or lively lunches 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!

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!
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.
You can now enjoy TMV wine at Chef Tyler Williams' gourmet pizza place on Lake Burton at the Marina! Fernside Package Store is a convenient stop for Toccoa residents to pick up TMV wines, including Petit Manseng and Cabernet Franc. 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. 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 and Rumor Hazit in Clayton and at the popular Dillard House.

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

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