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Georgia Made Georgia Grown LLC is getting it together and on the verge of rolling out its programming. Within the next couple weeks, our beautiful new website will be functional, and we’ll have the information available for both potential members AND buyers of Georgia Made Georgia Grown products.

In the meantime, get more familiar with our Twitter and Facebook presences. Bookmark them, and check back every time you get on your social media sites.

These buttons are our category icons. You’ve probably already seen them down our Facebook  and Twitter pages down the left column.

The big red georgia home button is the easiest to recognize. And our eight channels – Communities, Festivals, Food & Wine, Family Farms, Arts, Shops & Galleries, Hospitality and Entertainment – are the creative businesses’ homebases. You can click on any of them on Facebook, and hop to those specific topics. Be sure to “Like” them and copy them to your profile and pages as “Favorites”.

On Twitter, to follow the categories, simply go to each of the URLs, and click to “follow” them:

Home: http://twitter.com/GAMadeGAGrown

Communities: http://twitter.com/thriveGMGG

Festivals: http://twitter.com/festsGMGG

Food & Wine: http://twitter.com/eatGMGG

Family Farms: http://twitter.com/farmsGMGG

Arts: http://twitter.com/artsGMGG

Shops & Galleries: http://twitter.com/buyGMGG

Hospitality: http://twitter.com/stayGMGG

Entertainment: http://twitter.com/performGMGG

Check back to your favorite pages often. We update – and you can add your happenings and successes, too – frequently. You’ll read and see videos about the industry, products and solutions to life’s issues. Be entertained and informed!

Georgia Wine Highway Weekend – March 19-21

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.