Brenau Reschedules Wine-making Author Martha Ezzard’s Appearance to Thursday, March 20

Event poster for Feb. 13

Brenau University postponed the wine-tasting, lecture and book-signing reception for author Martha Ezzard to Thursday, March 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the university’s Downtown Center on the Gainesville Square due to severe winter weather and dangerous travel conditions in North Georgia. Originally set for Thursday, Feb. 13, the event is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested.

For more details contact Alison Reeger Cook at 770-534-6160 or areeger-cook@brenau.edu; or make a reservation online at http://www.brenau.edu/sustainability/wine/.

Ezzard, an environmental lawyer, former Colorado state senator and award-wining newspaper columnist, is author of Second Bud: Deserting the City for a Farm Winery, the chronicle of how she and her husband, John, turned a family farm in Rabun County, Ga., into the successful and highly acclaimed Tiger Mountain Winery. 

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Snow falls Wednesday over Tiger Mountain Vineyards in Tiger, Ga., where Martha Ezzard and her husband John turned a 100-acre family farm into a renowned winery. However, the postcard-like scene belies the treacherous travel conditions throughout North Georgia that forced Brenau University to postpone the wine-tasting, lecture and book-signing reception for Ezzard this week. (Photo by Martha Ezzard).

Born in in Atlanta, Martha McElveen Ezzard had a skyrocketing career in law and politics in Colorado (she lost a nomination in a U.S. Senate election by 19 votes) when she and John, a retired urologist, returned to Rabun County in the Georgia mountains to save the 100-acre farm that had been in John’s family for five generations.

While John wound down his medical career and Martha polished off another chapter in her professional life as an editorial page columnist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, they embarked on a bold plan to build from the ground up a French-style winery. 

By introducing modern vintner techniques and some varieties of grapes foreign to Georgia, the couple’s risk-taking efforts paid off. Their Tiger Mountain vineyards and winery have produced wines that have won gold and silver medals in top east coast and California competitions.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ezzard took the title of her book from grape horticulture. 

John Ezzard braves Wednesday's winter weather to stay abreast of some of the seemingly never-ending pruning required to keep vineyards producing the top-quality grapes that make Tiger Mountain vintages as good as they are. (Photo by Martha Ezzard)
John Ezzard braves Wednesday’s winter weather to stay abreast of some of the seemingly never-ending pruning required to keep vineyards producing the top-quality grapes that make Tiger Mountain vintages as good as they are. (Photo by Martha Ezzard)

“In grape growing, a second bud sometimes comes along to replace a first bud that’s fallen victim to late spring frost,” the article stated. “As a metaphor for survival and perseverance … it’s pretty darned good. As the title for Martha Ezzard’s book, it’s perfect.”

The Ezzards partner with John and Marilyn McMullan in the Tiger Mountain Vineyards venture. The operation produces red and white wines only from Georgia-grown grapes in Rabun County. The winery and tasting room, which is open to the public, nestles among 10 acres of handpicked, individually tended vines that they planted in 1995 and 1996.

Their wines, mostly European vinifera, are found in every major city in Georgia. The wines have won more than 195 awards. The vineyards and tasting room are open year round at 2592 Old Highway 441 South in Tiger, Ga.

For more information about Tiger Mountain Vineyards, please visit online at http://www.tigerwine.com/.