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2018 Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge

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Vineyard manager Lisa Ezzard loads grapes.

Red Barn Chef Leon Lemoine and wife, Shannon, who are from Louisiana, serve Jambalaya at the harvest party.

Assistant winemaker Matt Rager and Ezzard granddaughter Georgia O'Farrell load lugs of grapes from harvest party pickers.
  • Enjoy the crisp fall in the mountains - a few colors already beginning to show! You can stroll in the vineyards, see more of the fermentation process at the winery or plan a lunch or brunch at the Red Barn (See Red Barn page), which is open for lunch and brunch October 19-20 and every weekend through November 2-3. Call 706-782-4777 - reservations required.

  • Ron Schott
  • Saturday, October 26: Saxophonist Ron Schott entertains at the Tasting Room, 1:30 to 3:30. No admission charge.

  • Monica Spears
  • Saturday, November 3: Jazz in the Tasting Room with Monica Spears and Derek Worth. No admission charge.

  • Presmanes
  • Saturday, November 9: Celebrate the Veteran's holiday with Greg and Jimmy Presmanes music - patriotic songs too!

  • Saturday, November 16: Pre-holiday pairings party with wine and food suggestions for your Thanksgiving and Christmas entertaining. Live music and hot mulled wine. More details to come!

  • The Tasting Room will be closed for Thanksgiving but open November 29 - December1.

  • August 24, 2019: five star review of Red Barn Café on Trip Advisor (See the TMV Facebook page for more great reviews on the Red Barn and Chef Leon!)

    Had lunch with hubby and was very pleased with everything. Wait staff was very friendly and helpful. The food was fantastic - the corn soup was oh so good, the chicken salad was the best I've ever had and the bread pudding was delicious. Enjoyed the view, beautiful overcast day with no bugs and great temperatures. Enjoyed conversation with Shannon, chef's wife, and our waitress and the waiter, all made us very welcomed. Will definitely be back.

    Martha's Norton, is grown organically,
    but the wine is so far not organically made.

    The Ezzard vineyard 2019 Cabernet Franc.

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

    MORE VISITOR KUDOS FOR TMV! I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and taste of the wines.... I found the Tasting Room to be on a par with many we have visited in Sonoma. My two favorites were the Viognier and the Cabernet Franc. I came home with a few bottles and a T-shirt. I can't wait to return and bring my husband. We're members of multiple wineries, mostly in Healdsburg, California and have a cellar full of nice bottles that we consume often. I'm tickled to find something only two hours from home at Tiger Mountain. - Denise Jordan Lane, October 19, 2017


    The 2018 ROSÉ is semi-dry with hints of plum and raspberry. A great wine for spring entertaining.

  • TMV's 2015 Malbec won a silver medal in the 2018 Los Angeles International and the 2016 won a gold in the 2018 Georgia Wine Challenge. Georgia grown and French style Malbec! Great with duck, lamb, roasted pork, or ham.

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  • 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 Angles and one in San Francisco and The Jefferson Cup Invitational. In addition, the 2015 vintage won gold in the 2016 International Eastern in which 1500 East Coast and mid-Atlantic wines competed!

  • Tiger Mountain Happenings

    Harvest Party 2018
    The Clemson Tigers are faithful TMV wine lovers!
    Kasey Stevens
    UGA intern Kasey Stevens helped make the July 14 Bastille Brunch at the Red Barn tres magnifique!

    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!

    Lisa and McMullans
    TMV partners John and Marilyn McMullan and Lisa Ezzard enjoy a wine club event.

    Red Barn
    The Red Barn Café, open from May to November, offers an atmosphere of rustic elegance - enjoy a wine and dine experience in the 75-year-old restored Dairy Barn!
    Holiday party
    Friends and wine happily meet in the Tasting Room most Saturdays!

    John Jr
    John Ezzard, Jr. pitches in to help at harvest.
    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!
    Harvest Party 2018
    Guitarist Bradley Smith is one of TMV's
    most popular musicians!

    Tiger Cheese Pickers Local artisan cheese are popular at the party! harvest
    Vineyard Manager Lisa Ezzard punches down the "cap" (grape skins) on the fermenting 2019 Malbec!


    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 La Grange wine lovers. Now you 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 2019 NOW!

    Her presentation can include an update on the growing North Georgia Wine industry!

    To schedule with Martha, e-mail her: mezzard@windstream.net or call her cell: 404-277-9040.

    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, the IGA at Marble Hill, Foxtale 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 Cook's Warehouse, Eagle Eye Book Store in Decatur, A Cappella Books in Atlanta, and The Book Exchange in Marietta.

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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.
    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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