-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.