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TMV has been sold out of Mountain Cyn for almost a year. Winemaker Lisa Ezzard is releasing the 2019 popular blend of Cabernet Franc and the American Norton February 27.

Masks are required and distanced seating observed at all TMV events.

  • February 27: Celebrate the release of TMV's unique Mountain Cyn, our most popular red blend, one many of you have been inquiring about for months! Guitarist/vocalist John Hightower entertains from 1 to 3, at the Red Barn, weather permitting or in the Barrel Room. Enjoy our recently released White Tiger, Viognier, Cabernet Franc Reserve, and Malbec by the glass or choose a combination of them in a three tier wine flight. A glass of wine or wine flight per person or a bottle per couple is your admission.

  • Monica and EduardoSATURDAY, MARCH 6: First Saturday jazz with Monica Spears and Eduardo Cautiño!

  • Marie DunkelSATURDAY, MARCH 13: Don't miss our annual St. Pat's party with Celtic fiddling by Marie Dunkle and friends. Winemaker Lisa Ezzard is releasing the 2019 Tannat that day. Enjoy a glass of it, plus a plate of Irish delights including Irish cheeses with your $35 per person pre-paid reservation. Seating limited due to social distancing. Call 706-782-4777 to reserve.

  • AN IMPORTANT STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT: Erica Watson, who has been working in the Tasting Room for several months, is our new winery manager! A UGA graduate with a degree in fine arts, Erica has taught school, worked in the art business, and is an amazing ceramicist! Contact Erica for weddings, special events, wine shipments and other questions: erica@tigerwine.com

    Erica Lackey Watson, our new winery manager, brings her business sense,
    her artist's eye, and entertaining expertise to our TMV family.

    Winemaker Lisa Ezzard announces the release of new wines! The latest White Tiger and Viognier are available now!  The 2019 Mountain Cyn, a unique blend of Cabernet Franc and Norto -  also known as Cynthiana, will be released February 6 at First Saturday Jazz. The latest Tannat will be featured at the March 13 St. Pat's party.
    Now Lisa is devoting her attention full time to the vineyards where winter pruning has begun. She has turned into an amazing wine maker. Like her late father, Dr. John Ezzard, she knows our vines personally and understands how to bring out the quality of the rich fruit in TMV wines. Many from 24-year-old vines. Contact Lisa: lisa@tigerwine.com (See video interview with Lisa on Roger Glenn's website: parkbench.com/rabun-county.

    Wine flights are a big hit at Tiger Mountain -- three wines in take-out holders. Choose red, white, or a mix!
    A library wine flight of older Rabun Red, Mountain Cyn, and Touriga is now available.

    wine flight


    Guitarist Tim McCabe's music inspired dancing in the Barrel Room on New Year's Eve afternoon!

    Vineyard Manager and Winemaker Lisa Ezzard celebrates the 2020 harvest!

    Erica Lackey Watson joins our tasting room staff bringing her artist eye and entertaining expertise to our TMV family. She holds a BFA in art education from UGA with a concentration on ceramics. Like her husband, who manages THE HIKE INN for the Park Service, she loves hiking and even harvesting at TMV

    Nyla Graham (right) has served as TMV's 2020 intern - an outstanding student intern! She graduates this spring from Western Carolina with a major in hospitality and marketing.
    harvest party
    The Ezzards toast TMV's 20th anniversary and founder, the late Dr. John Ezzard.

    Harvest party
    Wine club members McCabes and Callahans join the celebration.

    Harvest party
    Noted Atlanta acoustic guitarist and songwriter Bradley Cole Smith has played at the last 15 harvest parties.

    Harvest party
    John Ezzard, Jr. brings in the last lugs of grapes.

    sweet petit
    Can't get out or find a store for purchasing a special gift? Tiger Mountain's 2019 desssert wine, Sweet Petit, is elegant and we furnish a classy mesh gift sack with it! This Sauterne-like desssert wine is unique to TMV and sold only at the winery. For a limited time, however, since it is hard to travel, we will ship two bottles or more of it!

    MORE VISITOR KUDOS FOR TMV! "Wow! The atmosphere, settings, facilities and story of this place are incredible. This is the kind of place where you can lose yourself for a few hours and enjoy some of the best wines in Georgia. There are so many neat spaces to relax, savor the expansive variety of quality Appalachian wines and be treated to a host of natural beauty, music, and curated spaces. Tiger Wine is not far off the beaten path of 441, a few stones throws from Clayton and worth the trip. A treasure of the region, for sure." -- Google review, Roger Glenn, January 15, 2021


    The 2019 ROSÉ is semi-dry with hints of plum and raspberry. A great wine for Thanksgiving. Rosé is our October special - only $19 per bottle.

    Cab Franc

    TMV Cabernet Franc has won more medals than any other TMV red wine! Taste the 2018 - barrel aged two years.

    Tiger Mountain Happenings

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

    Our Saturday afternoon music often inspires dancing on the patio!
    Sweet Charity
    The Sweet Charity Trio plays classic rock and is a favorite with TMV fans.

    Martha's Norton, is grown organically,
    but the wine is so far not organically made.
    The Ezzard vineyard Cabernet Franc.

    Lisa and dog
    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!

    Ezzard daughter Shelly Ezzard Smith cooks some creative dishes with TMV wine.
    TMV partnersWinery co-owners the Ezzards and the McMullans founded the Red Barn Café in 2012!
    Vineyard Manager Lisa Ezzard punches down the "cap" (grape skins) on the fermenting 2019 Malbec!
    Holiday party
    Friends and wine happily meet in the Tasting Room most Saturdays!


    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.
    Tiger Mountain wines are now available at Brookhaven Wines, located in Village Place Brookhaven where you will find Cabernet Franc Reserve, Malbec and White Tiger. Another new vendor for TMV is Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge which, in addition to TMV fine wines, offers an array of fresh farm vegetables and fruits, local cider, cheeses, and a delightful café. 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!

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    Martha and The Happy Bookers of Lake Keowee who enjoyed
    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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    New York visitors
    The Second Bud was a highlight for visitors from New York and Pennsylvania! Books are still available in the Tasting Room.
    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.
    Click to view and download

    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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