Friday, December 7, 2012

Dec. 9: Naturally Georgia Open House, 2-5pm

Join us on Sunday December 9th 2-5pm for a Holiday Open House with Tiger Mountain Vineyards', John and Martha Ezzard.

We will be tasting some fabulous Tiger wines and hors d'oeuvres.  Pick up your Holiday wines early.  Lots of great gift items. Special Release: 2009 Malbec Reserve! Mention "Bleu is great" and receive a 15% discount!  (excludes wine, prints and sale items) DOOR PRIZES!!!

Naturally Georgia

Tiger Mountain Vineyards Tasting Room

90 Public Square N,

Dahlonega, GA  30533



Thursday, December 6, 2012

2012 Winter Solstice Celebration at Crane Creek Vineyards



Crane Creek Vineyard's 2012 Winter Solstice Celebration

Help us bring light into this longest night of the year by lighting the great bonfire on a late winter's afternoon. Enjoy winter goodies, and last minute gift shopping!

Bring your family and some friends for an evening of celebration and wine!! The festivities begin at 6 pm Friday, December 21st. We request an RSVP to this event. Please call the tasting room 706-379-1236 and RSVP.


A winery Elf has released a secret to me... and I would like to share it..... 2012 Limited Edition Christmas Catawba is now available to purchase, and going out the door very fast this year..... another reason to come visit us either this weekend or for Winter Solstice.... hope to see you then..

We will be open Monday December 24th for your last minute shopping

Friday, November 16, 2012

Cartecay Vineyards another great reason to visit Ellijay, Blue Ridge area

Ellijay winery brings booming industry closer to Northwest Georgia

-Some of the premiere wineries in Georgia stretch from Dahlonega in the northeast part of the state to Young Harris on our side of the state. It makes for a long, one-day road trip for local wine lovers.

-But there's another winery now in operation, much closer to our area just east of Ellijay. Cartecay Vineyards is at 5704 Clear Creek Road, off Ga. 52 and south of Blue Ridge.

-The name is taken from the Cherokee word for "bread valley" and the setting is somewhat similar to the countryside setting of one of the state's top wineries -- Crane Creek Vineyards.

-Cartecay's first release was in 2010 and it has been growing in popularity since. Last Saturday, dozens sat near The Chimney, built in the 1890s, sipping wine or tasting samples while Gainesville's April Cummings played some of her own selections as well as those from Carly Simon and Miranda Lambert on a makeshift stage.

-Surrounding her were acres of vineyards while Cartecay's tasting barn was less than a football field away. The Chimney Patio was equipped with an independent tasting station as well as a series of wrought iron tables and chairs. It was one of those "perfect days" the Winegrowers Association of Georgia likes to talk about in their promotional brochures.

-Saturday's tasting event, including entertainment, cost $10 per adult; children under 12 were free. For future events, click Facebook.

-About the wines: We sampled five: 2011Traminette, Chimney Blush, Vidal Blanc, Chimney Red and 2010 Merlot. Usually we favor a sweeter white wine but our highest marks Saturday were for the Merlot followed by Chimney Blush. The Merlot has a mix of "blackberry, plum and vanilla flavors." The Blush was a blend of the Blanc and Chambourcin, a dessert wine.

-If you go: Take 515 to Ga. 52 and then east, past several apple houses. Go right on Clear Creek for another half mile or so. It will be on your left. Trip time: under two hours. Close to: Sharp Mountain Vineyards in Jasper or Crane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris.

-Best time to go: Sunny autumn afternoon. But with a large "wine barn" set as the major wine tasting and sales area, you're indoors if too cool or too wet.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tiger Mountain Vineyards open house is Dec. 4

From the winery: Tiger Mountain Vineyards has enjoyed a record year of  expansion, a near perfect  harvest (voted so by some connoisseur bears)  and  scores of national awards for our wines. But what we value most is our customers, new friends and old.

So we hope you join us for a holiday open house Saturday, Dec. 10, noon to 4 p.m., featuring soups made and paired with our wines, artisan cheeses and breads, Appalachian Christmas fiddling, and free wine tastings for all!  We will  share our recipes and our printed tips for pairing our wines with your holiday dishes.

We are offering wine discounts, gift ideas such as our three bottle embossed wood box  ( yes, we ship)  and wine accessories.

Tiger Mountain is celebrating 10 new awards  for our 100% Rabun County grown wines, all announced in November:

2010 Petit Manseng –winner of the first Jefferson Cup in a prestigious invitational ever awarded a Georgia winery!
2008 Cabernet Franc Reserve – gold medal, Wines of the South;silver, American Wine Society; silver, Jefferson Cup Invitational
2008 Rabun Red – gold, Mid Atlantic Southeastern competition
2008  Malbec –silver, American Wine Society
2008 Mountain Cyn –silver, Jefferson cup Invitational
2010 Rose’- silver, Jefferson Cup Invitational, silver, American Wine Society
2010 Sweet Petit,  late harvest Petit Manseng (dessert wine) – silver, American Wine Society, silver, Jefferson Cup Invitational

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Persimmon Creek Vineyards ending sales, production at Rabun County, Ga., venues

Oct. 4 media release: Persimmon Creek Vineyards has enjoyed a wonderful reputation in the national wine industry. Thanks to our customers and guests we have been able to grow in the production and enjoyment of fine wines produced in Rabun County, Georgia.
Persimmon Creek Vineyards has made a very difficult decision, one very heavy to the hearts of the Hardman family. We will soon discontinue production and sales of our wines in order to pursue new endeavors. This decision does not come easily as we have put our hearts and souls into our wines during the past ten years.
We sincerely thank all of our customers for their support and patronage.
Persimmon on the Square  (28 East Savannah Street, 706.212.7380) will be open for normal business through October 15th. Business hours are as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 to 5 PM. Closed Wednesdays and Sundays.
The Vineyard will be open every Saturday in October from 11 AM to 5 PM for tastings and wine purchases. Please call 706.212.7380 for directions.
The wines that we have currently available are in very limited quantities. Wines that are currently available for purchase are Seyval Blanc 2009,    Natural Fermentation Seyval Blanc 2010, Riesling 2009 and Merlot 2010..

Friday, July 29, 2011

Wine release dinner this weekend; special wine tasting in Rome Aug. 3

What ahead for Georgia wine lovers:
New: Updates via our new mobile site:
-July 30: Wine release dinner, BlackStock Vineyards. New Release Wine Dinner featuring all new releases, $65  per person.
-Aug. 3: Winemaker who helped create Captain Crunch, ranch dressing due at Riverside Gourmet tasting in Rome, Ga.: Chaim Gur-Arieh, the owner and winemaker of C G DiArie Vineyards in California, will be the special guest of the Aug. 3 wine tasting at Riverside Gourmet, 250 Broad St., Rome, Ga. What can you say about a food scientist who helped develop the popular cereal, fruit cups and even had a hand in Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing and Power Bars. The free tasting begins at 6:30 p.m.
-Aug. 20: Tomato Festival. Crane Creek Vineyards, Young Harris. 11a.m. to 6 p.m. Music provided by Cornbread Ted and The Butterbeans. Tickets sold at the door: adults $20; ages 13-20, $10; children under 12 free.
-Sept. 3: Crush Fest is a day-long harvest festival at  Yonah Mountain Vineyard "celebrating second grape harvest of Yonah Mountain Vineyards - Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Crush Fest is held at the vineyard near Cleveland and will feature grape stomping, vineyard wagon tours and wine tasting. The all-day music schedule will include Curtis Jones with Insonnia, Shoal Creek Bluegrass Band, Chris Bahre and Friends. Local restaurants will provide fine fare, and over 25 vendors will be on site. $15.00 per person; $5.00 desginated drivers; 16 and under free."
More summer wine events in the North Georgia mountains:
-Check with the Wine Growers Association of Georgia for what's ahead in August. Details.
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North Georgia Wineries
Recommended links:
Georgia Wine Council
Wine Growers Association of Georgia
The Bottle Report
Georgia Wine Tours
Georgia Wine Blog

Previous winery profiles:
Tiger Mountain Vineyards
Frogtown, Three Sisters
Montaluce Winery & Estates
Wolf Mountain
BlackStock Vineyards
Sharp Mountain
Sautee Nachoochee Vineyards
Tiger Mountain, Persimmon Creek, Biltmore, Chateau Elan



Tuesday, June 28, 2011

North Georgia wineries go reds, whites and bluegrass for Independence Day weekend

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What ahead for Georgia wine lovers:
-July 2: Tiger Mountain Vineyard:  Sliders on the grill with Jabe Hilson's original Norton barbecue sauce. Music by Greg Pressmanes' group. (From the website).
-July 2: Independence Day Concert, Crane Creek Vineyards, Young Harris. 7-9 p.m. Playing: Bulletproof. Free admission. Wine sold by glass or bottle.
-July 2-3: Three Sisters Vineyards, Dahlonega. The Family Honor & Tuesdays Union perform.
-July 3: Wolf Mountain Vineyards, Reds, Whites and Bluegrass Brunch.
-July 16: Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards, Swinging in the Vines Music Series, 2-5 p.m., tasting room.
-Aug. 20: Tomato Festival. Crane Creek Vineyards, Young Harris. 11a.m. to 6 p.m. Music provided by Cornbread Ted and The Butterbeans. Tickets sold at the door: adults $20; ages 13-20, $10; children under 12 free.