Harvest party guests snipped vines to make wreaths on a perfect day for our annual vineyard picnic. Daughters Shelly and Lisa Ezzard greeted them and directed the wreath making. More than 200 guests clinked glasses in a grand toast to the 2018 vintage and tasted TMV 's Georgia grown Mourvedre. There was grape clipping and cane snipping -- while the bagpiper played on!
Saturday, October 21- TMV TAILGATE PARTY, winery patio: 1:30 to 3:30 grilled hamburgers and snacks -- Wear your favorite team shirt or hat and get $5 off your $15 admission. Live music!|
Saturday, October 28- Monthly JAZZ SATURDAY featuring jazz singer Monica Spears and guitarist Derek Worth. 2 to 4 pm at the Tasting Room. Taste our latest TNT --- Touriga Nacional and Tannat blend!
** Stay tuned for our pre-holiday wine and food parings party in November!
The Red Barn and Chef David Sweeney were featured in the recent Atlanta Journal Constitution Food section in an article by Food Editor Ligaya Figueras. If you have not supped farm-to-table style in an old dairy barn, perhaps it is time. Atlanta chef David Sweeney brings a smart slate of clean, produce-driven dishes to this seasonally operated, intimate restaurant at Tiger Mountain Vineyards, a short drive from Clayton, GA.
***See entire AJC article here.
Enjoy a summer evening at the Red Barn Café, a sunset dinner and the
local and fresh gourmet fare of Chef David Sweeney!
Red Barn hours: Friday - 5:30-9:00; Saturday - 11:30 - 2:30, 5:30 - 9:00; Sunday - 11:30 - 2:30
For reservations, call 404-563-3706.
Award winning Chef David Sweeney
is all about fresh and local.
TMV's Mourvedre is a one and only --- THE ONLY GEORGIA GROWN Mourvedre! Only 35 cases left of the 2015 varietal. It is dry, earthy but brimming with deep rich fruit. Great with lamb, duck and pork -- or any grilled meat!|
|TMV was first to discover that the Portuguese Touriga Nacional and the French Cahors region Tannat (southwest France) would make a unique, deep rich blend! The 2015 vintage has barrel aged almost two years and bottle aged three months. Now ready to drink --- stop by to taste!|
The newly released 2015 Cabernet Franc is a big hit! Bursting with deep cherry aromas and a touch of smoke, this new Cabernet is all Rabun County grown. Drinkable now and can be cellared for 10 years!|
The 2016 Petit Manseng is now available in the Tasting Room and just won a gold medal in the Georgia Wine Challenge. Tiger Mountain's John Ezzard pioneered Petit Manseng in Georgia; TMV vintages have won four gold medals in the last four years -- one each in Los Angles and San Francisco and The Jefferson Cup Invitational. The 2015 vintage won gold in the 2016 International Eastern in which 1500 East Coast and mid-Atlantic wines competed!|
HAPPENINGS AT THE WINERY
Vineyard Aussie Hamilton seeks a little shade at the recent harvest party!
Shelly and Lisa Ezzard welcome party goers to the 2017 harvest party
Family and friends presented Dr. John Ezzard, founder of Tiger Mountain fine dry wines 20 years ago, with a crystal cup at the harvest party: "Pioneer Vintner of the South"
TMV partners John and Marilyn McMullan and Lisa Ezzard enjoy 2016 spring celebration.
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!
Guests enjoyed two exclusive TMV Library wine tastings of 8 to 15 year old wines at the Ezzard home this summer. The last one is scheduled for early December!
Emma Miller, a 2017 UGA graduate who interned last summer at Tiger Mountain, still does all of the winery's social media. An outstanding young woman with a great future!
Tiger Mountain's 100 acre farm property and vineyards are full of lovely vistas for winery and Red Barn visitors.
TM partners Ezzards and McMullans celebrate recent gold medal wine awards at the Red Barn!
Winemaker Dr. John Ezzard with Tiger Mountain's gold medal 2013 Petit Manseng.
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 manager Brandon Craft: 706-782-4777.
WELCOME NEW VENDORS
Winemaker John Ezzard at Decatur Sherlocks store.
Now you can order Tiger Mountain's 2016 Provence style dry Rosé at So Ho Restaurant in Vinings Jubilee where you'll find seasonal presentations with a gourmet flair! Tiger Mountain is pleased to have some of its best wines at the new Lake Burton Bottle Shop, 7885 Hwy 197 -- where owners Tyler and Jessica Boone sell fine wines and craft beer! Four Whole Foods have recently re-stocked TMV wines: Marietta Whole Foods, Avalon, Sandy Springs and Briarcliff as well as Marietta Wine Market! 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! Sky Valley Country Club, which recently featured TMV wines at a dinner, now lists them for members to enjoy at any time. The award winning Fortify Kitchen and Barn as well as Fortify Pi both list Tiger Mountain wines. Fortify Pi now offers our latest dry Rose, Cabernet Franc based. Tiger Mountain Rabun Red and Viognier are now available at the new Wicked Pig in downtown Clayton! You can now order Tiger Mountain Norton at the U-Joint in Clayton - great with their fabulous burgers! Also in Clayton, Grapes and Beans has Tiger Mountain's Rabun Red - and at White Birch Provisions on Savannah Street, you can purchase Tiger Mountain wines by the bottle, including the gold medal Petit Manseng! The legendary Partridge Inn in Augusta is where many Masters golf fans and VIPs often stay. Tiger Mountain wines can also be purchased at Augusta's best known wine shop, The Vineyard Wine Shoppe, 4414 Evans Locke Road. Tiger Mountain is proud to have recently placed its Georgia grown wines there!
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, including the 2016 White Tiger and the latest Mountain Cyn (Norton, also known as Cynthiana, and Cabernet Franc blend). 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.
In Thomasville, GA, Liam's Restaurant is "The" place to dine-- Tiger Mountain wines are proudly served there. Guests may enjoy Tiger Mountain wines at the recently remodeled York House in Rabun Gap, an historic inn where owners Stan and Christine Penton host weddings, community events, and guests from around the country. The Healthy Gourmet in Athens now carries TMV wines. Owners Anne and Dave Wells, strong proponents of local food and win, will special order any TMV wines they don't have. Tiger Mountain's popular Rabun Red blend is now available in The Wine Shoppe on the square in Blairsville.
In Rabun County, the award winning FORTIFY restaurant and bar features Tiger Mountain wines as does the Lake Rabun Hotel with its rustic and elegant setting on the lake. TMV wines are also available at the Lake Rabun Hotel Restaurant, by the glass or bottle. TMV wines are also served at Fromage Fine Foods and Rumor Hazit in Clayton and at the popular Dillard House.
See Where to Buy for contact information on all of our vendors.
EZZARD VINEYARD MEMOIR, THE SECOND BUD, STILL AVAILABLE IN THE TASTING ROOM!
Martha Ezzard's memoir about the Ezzards' pioneering vineyard venture which won the 2014 Georgia Author of the Year award, continues to attract press reviews and speaking engagements.
"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
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
Read the complete review here
on pages 16-17.
"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
|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 the Decatur Sherlock's/Cook's Warehouse, Eagle Eye Book Store in Decatur; A Cappella Books in Atlanta and The Book Exchange in Marietta.
Download the pdf July Arts Section book review from Smoke Signals (Big Canoe) or click here to read the review on the Press page.
Upcoming book talks
Stay tuned for 2017 fall book talks/lunches at The Red Barn Cafe! To schedule with Martha, e-mail her: email@example.com or call her cell: 404-277-9040.
July 28-- Ezzard speaks to a group of Morgan Stanley investors at lunch in the Red Barn!
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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.