TMV's unique blend of the Portuguese Touriga Nacional and Tannat (TNT) is a great wine for winter holidays!|
TMV Petit Manseng vintages keep piling up gold medals! The latest is gold, best of class in the 2018 Los Angeles International. It was named "Best Wine in Georgia" in the 2017 Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge. Tiger Mountain's John Ezzard pioneered Petit Manseng in Georgia in 2002. TMV vintages have won five gold medals in the last four years -- two in Los Angeles and one each in San Francisco and The Jefferson Cup Invitational. The 2018 Petit Manseng is sold out, but the 2019 will be released the first week of March along with the 2019 Viognier.|
Tiger Mountain Happenings
Vineyard Manager Lisa Ezzard shows off the 2020 Petit Manseng - a near perfect vintage!
Vineyard owner Martha Ezzard checks out the vines with four-year-old vineyard dog, Hamilton!
Vineyard manager Lisa Ezzard loads grapes.
Red Barn Chef Leon Lemoine and wife Shannon, serve Jambalaya at the harvest party.
Assistant winemaker Matt Rager and Ezzard granddaughter Georgia O'Farrell load grapes from harvest party pickers.
The Clemson Tigers are faithful TMV wine lovers!
Martha's Norton, is grown organically,
but the wine is so far not organically made.
The Ezzard vineyard 2019 Cabernet Franc.
Vineyard Manager Lisa Ezzard and vineyard dog Hamilton check out the vineyards in all seasons!
Ezzard granddaughter Georgia O'Farrell toasts another harvest crush in the production room!
TMV partners John and Marilyn McMullan and Lisa Ezzard enjoy a wine club event.
Vineyard Manager Lisa Ezzard punches down the "cap" (grape skins) on the fermenting 2019 Malbec!
Friends and wine happily meet in the Tasting Room most Saturdays!
John Ezzard, Jr. pitches in to help at harvest.
Ezzard daughter Shelly Ezzard Smith cooks some creative dishes with TMV wine.
Winery co-owners the Ezzards and the McMullans founded the Red Barn Café in 2012!
Guitarist Bradley Smith is one of TMV's
most popular musicians!
Tiger Mountain staffers celebrate TMV's gold medal
in the L.A. International Wine Competition!
Our TMV Frost Dragon crew --- Leo, Lisa and husband Brooks, and Martha were out at 4 a. ma few nights this spring to fend off temperatures as low as 29 and 30 degrees! The Frost Dragon is a propane-propelled attachment to the tractor that spews hot air out both sides. Wine people are just farmers, after all!
OUR TASTING ROOM HAS WINE GIFTS GALORE -- AND WE SHIP!
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.
Winemaker John Ezzard at Decatur Sherlocks store.
Good news for Dahlonega wine lovers: TASTE Wine and Gourmet Food in downtown Dahlonega has TMV Malbec and White Tiger, both of which are sold out at the Tiger Winery! The charming shop has other TMV wines as well. La Grange wine lovers can purchase Tiger wines at Splash Kitchens on Broad Street while you shop for home accessories! The Lake Rabun Hotel, a charming and historic Inn on the lake, now lists five Tiger Mountain wines! Four Whole Foods have recently re-stocked TMV wines: Marietta Whole Foods, Avalon, Sandy Springs and Briarcliff as well as Marietta Wine Market! The two new Whole Foods 365 in Decatur and Buckhead carry TMV wines! 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! Clayton's award winning Fortify Kitchen and Bar as well as Fortify Pi list TMV wines. The U-Joint in Clayton features TMV Rabun Red and Norton as does Rumor Hazit restaurant. Fromage Fine Foods in Clayton also serves TMV wine. Tiger Mountain wines can be purchased at The Vineyard Wine Shoppe, 4414 Evans Locke Road, Augusta and at The Wine Shoppe on the square in Blairsville.
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. 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.
See Where to Buy for contact information on all of our vendors.
Martha is scheduling Second Bud book talks for 2020 NOW!
Her presentation can include an update on the growing North Georgia Wine industry!
Martha and The Happy Bookers of Lake Keowee
lunch and a book talk at The Red Barn June 25.
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, and the IGA at Marble Hill.
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The Second Bud was a highlight for visitors from New York and Pennsylvania Saturday April 28! Books are still available in the Tasting Room.
Ezzard signs books following a presentation to Auburn University writing class taught by Dr. Terry Ley.
Kristen Fricks Roman, Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Martha at the Georgian Club. Click to view and download
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.