Georgia Writers Association names Martha Ezzard Author of the YearJuly 2014
By Barbara Schneider - Smoke Signals
Big Canoe, GA
Martha Ezzard, co-owner of Tiger Mountain Vineyard and acclaimed journalist, received the Author of the Year award in the memoir category for her book "The Second Bud, Deserting the City for a Farm Winery."
The Mercer University Press author received her award June 7 at Kennesaw State University during the Georgia Writers Association's 50th Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards ceremony.
The Georgia Writers Association recognizes Georgia's authors of excellence by presenting the Georgia Author of the Year Awards-which has the distinction of being the oldest literary awards in the Southeastern United States.
"The Second Bud" follows a time of transition that touched every aspect of the author-s life. Ezzard left Denver-her home for 23 years-after raising her family, practicing law and serving in the state senate in Colorado. She returned to her hometown of Atlanta to become an award-winning writer and editorial board member for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Ezzard begins her memoir in fall 1993, as she drives from Atlanta to Tiger in Rabun County and the farm owned by her husband's family for five generations.
"It's a land of seasonal extravaganza," she writes, "from the pink and white splash of spring dogwood and mountain laurel to the bold show of fall hardwoods, native red maple, yellow hickory and orange sourwood."
Faced with his father's failing health and the uncertain fate facing the family farm, John Ezzard (Martha's husband) comes up with a daring plan. He transforms the farm into vineyards and a winery rather than growing the traditional crops of North Georgia.
"The Second Bud, Deserting the City for a Farm Winery" describes Martha and John Ezzard's efforts to raise wine grapes and create world-class wines in rural north Georgia. The lessons they learn about farming, family and second chances will resonate with readers of all backgrounds. Learn more about the Ezzards and Tiger Mountain Vineyards at tigerwine.com.
Smoke Signals reviewed "The Second Bud, Deserting the City for a Farm Winery" in the February 2014 issue of Arts and Entertainment. To read the full review on Smoke Signals Online go to: http://bigcanoenews.com/arts-entertainment/arts- entertainment-col-1art-features/5762-a-toast-to-the-second-bud-and-starting-over?highlight=WyJzZWNvbmQiLCJidWQiLCJzZWNvbmQgYnVkIl0=
over a French Chinon Cab in blind tasting!
Partners John and Marilyn McMullan toast the Tiger Mountain winner!
The French and the North Georgia Cabernet Francs had common characteristics.
Yves Durand, Master Sommelier, staged a "battle of the Cabernet Francs" recently at the Peachtree Chaine de Rotisseurs dinner at the Druid Hills Country Club. In a show of hands following the blind tasting, a clear majority of the wine lovers, aficionados and collectors in attendance voted for Tiger Mountain over the 2010 Domaine de la Haute Olive; Chinon AOC. There were positive comments about the deep cherry aromas in the nose of the Tiger Mountain wine, but winemaker Dr. John Ezzard noted the French Cab had nice mid palate body and a smooth finish.
Tiger Mountain Vineyards Wine Tasting
- Yves Durand, Master Sommelier 3/8/2012
2008 Cabernet Franc Reserve:
"Rich and forward concentrated blackcurrant aroma. Mouth-filling entrance, full of extract, silky texture, delicious flavors of cassis. Great long lingering finish. This is a superb Cabernet Franc, one of the best Georgia red wines I have ever drunk. Drink now until 2020." 18.75/20
"The Norton grape is the oldest cultivated American grape. It is not from the vitis vinifera European family but a descendent of the American vitis aestivalis family. My experience with Norton wine is extremely limited but wine is wine and some Bacchus beverages you will like and some you will not. Gazing at the wine, I noticed a deep inky dark black color. I thought "this is surely an American grape." Deep earthy sharecropper aroma, mouth-filling, full of extract, rich chewy texture, dark jammy red fruit. Round and well-balanced. Long and persisting aftertaste. A great wine that I will take over any Zinfandel any day." 17.75 to 18/20
Tiger Mountain Vineyards - One Incredible Tour!
- p.kelley, Southeast Vino 8/19/11
What impresses me so much about this winery is that they aren't trying to make vintages that compete with Napa. Instead, they are creating wine that offers something beautiful and different. Thus being true to the art of winemaking, but making their own statement as well.
Some of the more spectacular vintages we tried today were the Norton, Touriga Nacional, Tannat, and Malbec. All remarkable, all well priced and all grown locally. Combined, they provide more than ample reason for sites like this one to exist. Georgia wine has really started to rock and it is exciting as hell! ...Special thanks to Jonathan Engel, tasting room manager, for spending quite a bit of time with us today, discussing the processes, struggles and successes that Tiger Mountain Vineyards faces each season.
Tiger Rosé tops the French
- Ulysses and Lourdes Arteaga, wine club members 7/5/11
We just came back from a trip to Aix-en-Provence to visit some of the wineries and taste their famous rosé wines. Tiger's Rosé wine can easily compete with the award wining rosÃ©s of Aix-en-Provence. Will be visiting Tiger Winery in the end of the month and of course buying more rosé wines. Love Tiger's Rosé wine!
Tiger Mountain TNT - a great food wine!
- Randall Murray,The Gainesville Times, 5/4/11
"The primary grape used in the production of Port is Touriga Nacional. Coincidentally, this grape is popular in Georgia wine county, with a number of northeast Georgia wineries, producing a dry red wine from Touriga Nacional. Tiger Mountain Vineyards in Rabun County offers a full bodied dry red called TNT - for Touriga Nacional and Tannat, a grape with origins in southwest France. It's a great food wine and stands up to hearty meat dishes."
TMV partner John McMullan receives UGA honor
John F. McMullan, partner in Tiger Mountain Vineyards, was honored recently at a university luncheon in Athens with the prestigious Alumni Merit Award. This is the 74th year the award has been given to a UGA graduate who has demonstrated outstanding support for the university in addition to achieving superior professional leadership.
He and his wife, Marilyn, have been active in Atlanta wine organizations for many years; both are members of the Tiger Mountain Vineyards Board of Directors. McMullan serves as Chief Financial Officer of the winery corporation.
THE PERFECT GRAPE FOR A TIGER MOUNTAIN TERRIOR
In the metro area, Petit Manseng is sold (or can be ordered) at Whole Foods stores and is served by the glass at the Season 52 restaurants in Buckhead and at Perimeter as well as at Nikolai's Roof and Woodfire Grill in Atlanta; also at Fleming's Prime Rib and Steakhouse at Perimeter Center. The Lake Rabun Hotel and Grapes and Beans carry the wine in Rabun County. It may be purchased at Tiger's satellite tasting room, Naturally Georgia and is served at Corkscrew Café, both in Dahlonega. In Hiawassee, Bacchus Wine Shoppe carries it and it's available at Tastings of Blue Ridge in Blue Ridge.
Sweet Petit is filled with delicious honey, apple and melon flavors. The Sauterne-like wine won a silver medal in the 2011 American Wine Society competition and in the 2011 Jefferson Cup Invitational.
TMV 2012 Rosé now available!
Our popular Rosé has won three medals; the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition, the Jefferson Cup Invitational and the American Wine Society competition. Rosé pairs with a variety of salads and light cheeses and pastas as well as spicy foods with an Asian flare. Come by the tasting room for a sampling, and get a bottle while you still can. Last year's vintage sold out before August.
UGA INTERNS AT TIGER MOUNTAIN
UGA intern James Sieb, hard at work in the Norton.
Recognizing the growing North Georgia wine industry, Dean Scott Angle of the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences joined with the Winegrowers Association of Georgia to create an internship program, now in its fifth year. The college also holds viticulture courses in Cortona, Italy each spring. This year Tiger Mountain will host its fifth intern. UGA interns have also worked at Stonewall Creek Vineyards, Blackstock Vineyards and Winery, Wolf Mountain Vineyards, and Yonah Mountain Vinyards. Cartacay Vineyards and several others are planning to host interns this year.
UGA horticulture major Griffin Hans at work in the vineyard.
Intern Phil Stice works during the 2010 crush. Phil is now employed by Caymus Vineyards in Sonoma.