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Best Red Vinifera in Georgia
2018 Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge

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LATE NEWS: Tiger Mountain named "Best Winery in Rabun County, 2020"
in The Clayton Tribune annual "Best Of-" contest in which the public votes!


Vineyard Manager and Winemaker Lisa Ezzard celebrates the 2020 harvest!
Chef Leon
  • Join us for fall events!

  • October 31: Celebrate Halloween at Tiger Mountain with Chef Leon's Pastalaya, salad, and bread. 11:30 to 2:30. $15 per person, plus a bottle of wine for admission. Pre-paid reservations required. Reservation deadline- noon, October 29. Jazz singer Monica Spears and Spanish guitarist Eduardo entertain - and promise a little "spooky" music!! Distanced seating on the Red Barn patio, in the café and on the green.

  • November 7: Jazz duo Monica and Eduardo return to the Red Barn patio, 1 to 3 p.m. The purchase of a bottle of wine is your admission. Cheese plates from Sequatchie Cove Creamery!

  • November 14: TMV's annual pre-holiday wine and food pairings party at the Red Barn. Hors d'oeuvres and wine flights and wine suggestions for your Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts! Guitarist/songwriter Tim McCabe entertains. More details to come.

  • LAST WEEK FOR OCTOBER SPECIALS: Purchase a case of wine before the end of October and be entered into a drawing for a three bottle embossed wood box of library wines! Wine of the month is Rosé -- $19. Great for fall soups and for Thanksgiving.


    harvest party
    The Ezzards toast TMV's 20th anniversary and founder, the late Dr. John Ezzard.

    harvest party
    Wine Club member Bill Smith, won the three bottle box at the harvest party drawing!

    Picking to the piper --- David Gregory plays in the vineyards, a TMV harvest tradition.

    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! Absolute perfect way to spend an afternoon with friends and family within current quarantine restrictions. The laid back easy listening duo were the perfect complement and quite talented with vocals and guitar riffs. Wine and cheese was top notch. A must go to place when friends in town. Will try the full food menu next visit as activities well scaled back. Just what we needed after being compliantly cooped up for 7 weeks. - The Flynn Family in Marietta and Atlanta -- June 13, 2020


    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.
    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!

    book club
    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 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.
    speakersKristen Fricks Roman, Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Martha at the Georgian Club.
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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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