I just noticed that the Winegrowers Association of Georgia’s fifth annual Wine Highway Weekend begins on FRIDAY, March 19! Reserve one, two or all three days of the weekend to explore North Georgia’s nine winery/vineyard Members – Blackstock Vineyard & Winery; Crane Creek Vineyards; Frogtown Cellars; Habersham Vineyards & Winery; Persimmon Creek Vineyards; Sharp Mountain Vineyards; Tiger Mountain Vineyards; Wolf Mountain Vineyards; and Yonah Mountain Vineyards – as well as many of the 40 Affiliate Members’ places of business.
Today, mark your calendar, then go to www.georgiawine.com and download maps and information about what will be happening and where. Make a reservation for a bed & breakfast or cabin along the way, then start acquainting yourself with the Winery/Vineyards Members and Associate Members and plot your driving route.
When the weekend finally gets here, start at whichever winery you’d like. Buy a wineglass passport, then “Taste A Perfect Day in Georgia!” Bill Ronay and I have participated twice, and have been happily edu-tained by master wine growers. Do not miss the special presentations many of the growers offer.
For background information from a bona fide wine expert, read some articles by Jane Garvey. A great place to start on the Wine Weekend bit of homework is her article, Sante, y’all! from Georgia Magazine, March 2009.
Last year, the Winegrowers Association of Georgia hosted a December wine weekend, too. I’ll be posting information about that one, if it is scheduled for 2010.