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2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Wolf Mountain wins gold, two silver medals; Crane Creek, gold and bronze; and Tiger Mountain collects pair of bronze in Chronicle contest: The results of the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition are in. Says the Web site winejudging.com: "Over five days, 63 professional wine experts tasted and evaluated a world-record breaking 4,913 entries." For all the winners, search and click here.
This weekend's spotlight:
-Jan. 23: Yonah Mountain Vineyards offers first-time tours. You're perhaps visited the wine tasting room at Sautee-Nachoochee but here's your first chance to see Yonah Mountain Vineyards, including a winery tour and barrel tasting. Winemaker Joe Smith lead it the tour; cost is $25 per person includes a full tasting. Details: contact Joe at 678-525-6050 or visit the winery's Facebook page.
News from the wineries:
-Saturday, Jan. 30: Montaluce Winery and Estates to host food, wine conclave: The Dahlonega winery is hosting it's first Wine and Food Conclave. Food and wine writers and bloggers from all around the Southeast are invited for a day of winery and vineyard tours, wine tasting, kitchen tour, chef demonstrations and more. If you're interested in attending, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
-Now-Jan. 31: Tiger Mountain Vineyards in Rabun County. also features a "20-10" special on January weekends. 20 percent off and 10 percent off two wines every weekend. We're not telling which wines. Tasting room open Friday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-Feb. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21: -Three Sisters Vineyards has a tempting blend--wine, chocolate in February: Three Sisters Vineyards' annual "wine and chocolate lovers celebration" is set for February's first three weekends, from 1 to 5 p.m. On tap: "artisan chocolate and wines in a special tasting line-up." No reservations are required for the free tasting and $15 per person tastings. Also:, a special $25 per person private tasting/seating in the winery; reservations required. Limited seatings are at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 4 p.m. Sundays. The $25 tasting includes a barrel tasting, large souvenir wine glass, special chocolates and treats. Call: 706-865-9463 or visit.
-Feb. 7: Wolf Mountain Vineyards reopens after January break.
-Feb.13: Yonah Mountain Vineyards: Prelude to Valentine’s Day, 3-6 p.m., at the tasting room in Sautee-Nacoochee. $15 per person includes: A glass of wine of your choice; hors d’oeuvres by Bernie’s Restaurant; and entertainment by Monica Spears. Reservations are requested. Please call 706-878-5522.(From Wine Growers Association).
-Feb. 13, 14: Frogtown Cellars offering special Valentine's Day meals. A wine taster's dinner is available that Saturday at 7 p.m. for $45 per person. On Sunday, a 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. wine taster's brunch is served fro $35 each. Reservations required. 706-865-0687.
-Feb. 13, 14: Montaluce Winery and Estates plans two Valentine's Day opportunities. Music, dining and wine are on the early menu for Feb.13-14. Additional details to post soon.
-Feb. 13: Crane Creek Vineyards & Guest House, Young Harris: A bowl of our soup plus handmade chocolates and flowers for the ladies. Plus: Crane Creek wines.
-Feb. 13, 14: BlackStock Vineyards and Winery: Two options for Valentine's weekend--a four-course meal Saturday night with wine and music; $65 per person. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, hors d'oeuvres reception and music, $30 per person. 2 to 4 p.m. Reservations required for both events: 706-219-2789.
-Feb. 13-14: Tiger Mountain Vineyards, Classical guitar by UGA Professor Bob Burton, homemade chocolate truffles and chocolate fondue are part of the annual Chocolate and Wine Weekend. $15 admission includes samples of three whites and seven reads.(From Wine Growers Association).
-March 20, 21: Spring Wine Highway Weekend dates set: Save the date for the fifth annual Wine Highway Weekend. The 2009 edition was a huge hit . Details
-June 5-6: Three Sisters Vineyards' Georgia Wine Country Festival: Billed as "Dahlonega's Original Wine Festival," it is set for June 5 and 6 this year. It is the ninth time Three Sisters has staged the celebration. More details soon. Also, join the event's Facebook page> Click