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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Returns in June

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns for its 7th year this June, showcasing the best of the South’s restaurants, food, drinks, spirits and beyond.

From Thursday, June 1st through Sunday, June 4th, unique food and beverage traditions from Texas to D.C. will be served up in more than 80 Learning Experiences, plus dinners, events and the can’t miss all-you-can-indulge Tasting Tents.

Atlanta Food & Wine FestivalComing together for the four day fete in Midtown Atlanta are award-winning chefs, mixologists, barbecue pit-masters, sommeliers, mixologists and local growers.

The best strategy is to come prepared with how you want to travel through the South. Is it through food? There are Learning Experiences about barbecue sauce, soul food vegetables and oysters. Is it through drinks? There is Bourbon, southern craft beers and Virginia’s award-winning wine. Or are you looking for a global experience, going beyond Atlanta to other southern regions around the globe? There’s Chilean, South African and Australian wine seminars, and even one on sake.

One thing is for sure – no matter the event, you’ll experience the best in wine and food. Be sure to share it via social media, with hashtags #AFWF17 and #KnowTheSouth.

If you don’t yet have tickets, here are the details:

Individual Tasting Tent Pass – $100 per Tasting Tent ticket
Day Pass – $175 per day
Weekend Pass – $435 for full weekend
Connoisseur Experience –$600 – $1,800 per ticket
Dinners & Evening Events – $25 – $225 per person, per dinner/event

Click here to purchase tickets

The Tasting Tents are open Friday, 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm; Saturday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm; and Sunday, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

Extra advice: wear comfy shoes so you can enjoy the festival to its fullest extent. The main action happens at the Loews Hotel at 1065 Peachtree Street NE, and the Tasting Tents are located a short walk away, at Piedmont Park’s Greensward Promenade (there is a shuttle from the Loews and golf carts from the 12th street entrance to Piedmont Park). Taking public transportation or Uber is recommended, or have a designated driver. Guests must be 21 years of age or older.

For all information, visit atlfoodandwinefestival.com.

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Related: Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Celebrates the South

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Barnsley Resort

Barnsley Resort Holds Blue Rock Wine Weekend

A  scenic and easy car ride from Atlanta, Barnsley Resort is the perfect weekend getaway. Whether it’s strolling the grounds, exploring the manor house ruins, relaxing by the pool or at the spa, or just enjoying a glass of wine on the porch of your private cottage, there’s something for every guest.

This June Barnsley Resort is offering a special wine weekend package celebrating the wines of Blue Rock Vineyard.

Blue Rock Vineyard is located in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley. It is known for its high quality, limited production red wines that express a real sense of place. The 46 acres of mainly Bordeaux varietals are planted on a hillside with blue rocks, pebbles and boulders. If you haven’t tasted Blue Rock’s wines perhaps you have tasted some from their neighbor, Silver Oak Winery.

At the Blue Rock Wine Dinner on Saturday, June 11th, Executive Chef Roberto Guzman will serve a four-course dinner paired with Blue Rock Vineyard wines in the Rice House. Winemaker Kenny Kahn will share insights on the featured wines. The dinner is $185 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Barnsley GardensStay the weekend with Barnsley Resort’s Blue Rock Wine Weekend Package. Your two nights in the luxurious cottage accommodations include a welcome gift Friday evening, breakfast on Saturday morning in the Woodlands Grill, the Blue Rock Wine Dinner Saturday evening and breakfast on Sunday morning in the Ruins at the Vintner’s Sunrise Breakfast. You’ll also enjoy a $150 credit toward horseback riding, clay shooting, golf or other activities.

To book your reservation online click here. You may also book by phone at 770.773.7480 or toll free at 877.773.2447. The cost of the wine  weekend package varies based on room type.

For more information on Barnsley Resort visit barnsleyresort.com.

The wine weekend is June 10 and 11, 2016. Package prices are quoted per night, are based on two adults per room and include all applicable taxes and resort fees. Meals include service charge but do not include alcoholic beverages (except the accompanying wine during Saturday’s wine dinner) or additional gratuities. Activity credits may not be applied toward room charges or meals and must be used during the stay.  Advance activity reservations are recommended, no credit will be given for unused portions. Two night minimum stay required.

images courtesy Barnsley Resort

Frogtown Winery

North Georgia’s Wine Trail Weekend Returns

Discover the acclaimed wines that are made just outside of Atlanta during the fourth annual Dahlonega Wine Trail Weekend in August.

On Saturday, August 22nd and Sunday, August 23rd, head north to sip wines at five wineries and savor the beautiful vineyards and mountains of Lumpkin County.

Pick up your passport at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Visitors Center in downtown Dahlonega or at the first winery you visit, then enjoy tastes and festivities at Frogtown Cellars, Three Sisters Vineyards and Winery, Montaluce Winery & Estates, Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery and Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery.

Each passport costs $30 and includes a souvenir wine glass (for the first 1,200 people). Many tasting rooms in downtown Dahlonega will be offering discounts and specials for passport holders.

Maps and visitor guides are available at the Visitors Center, located at 13 South Park Street in Dahlonega. For more information including other activities and restaurants, or lodging and transportation options, visit www.Dahlonega.org.

Dahlonega Wine Trail Weekend, August 22 & 23. Noon to 5 pm on Saturday and 12:30 pm to  5 pm on Sunday. 
706.864.3513, www.Dahlonega.org

pictured above: Frogtown Cellars

Discover Georgia Wine During Dahlonega Wine Trail Weekend

Haven’t been to North Georgia wine country or are looking for the perfect time to visit? Head there the weekend of August 17th for the Dahlonega Wine Trail Weekend.

On Saturday, August 17th from 12pm to 5pm and on Sunday, August 18th from 12:30pm to 5pm, five Dahlonega wineries will offer guests tastes of their award-winning wines. A passport to the wineries costs $25 per person and includes a souvenir wine glass.

Each winery will offer music or other unique entertainment. Food will be available for purchase at some stops.

The participating Lumpkin County wineries are:

Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery

Live music, and weather permitting, the winery’s donkey mascot will be posing for photographs. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Frogtown Cellars

Offering a complimentary Frogtown Cheesebox as well as Frogtown Paninis for $12.50 (which includes tax and gratuity).

Montaluce Winery & Estates

Enjoy your choice of four Montaluce wines plus a taste the unreleased, award-winning 2013 Wild Meadow Mead.

Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery

Visitors will be treated to a taste of five wines. On Saturday jazz and soul will be presented on the Crush Pad Deck by Moose & Squirrel and on Sunday there will be Americana and Old Time Bluegrass by The Buzzard Mountain Boys.

Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery

Visitors can enjoy an a la carte lunch on Saturday from 12pm to 3pm in the café and brunch on Sunday with seatings at 12:30 and 2:30 (reservations required for food service).

Passports for the Dahlonega Wine Trail Weekend may be purchased in advance at www.Dahlonega.org. Click on the Dahlonega Wine Trail logo and click the “Buy Now” button. Then, on the day of the event, stop by Will Call at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Visitors Center on the Dahlonega Public Square (13 South Park Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533) to pick up your passport, souvenir wine glass and maps. Passports can also be purchased at any of the participating wineries.

Visitors are encouraged to begin the event at the Visitor’s Center where maps, visitor guides, and other helpful information are available. For information on overnight accommodations and other local attractions visit www.Dahlonega.org.

Dahlonega Wine Trail Weekend, Saturday, August 17th from 12pm to 5pm and Sunday, August 18th from 12:30 to 5pm.

Sparkling Wines from the New World

Ring in the new year with a New World sparkling wine!

These sparkling wines are produced like their European counterparts, either by Méthode Champenoise (also called the traditional method), or the Charmat method. Champagne, Crémant, Cava and Franciacorta are produced by traditional method, and Prosecco is produced by the Charmat method.

Click here to read how sparkling wines are produced around the world

Both in quantity and quality, the United States is a dominant producer of New World sparkling wines. California is a sure bet for great bubbly, but there is so much more to discover beyond the west coast of the U.S.

Toast to 2012 with these New World bubbles:

Wolf Mountain Blanc de Blancs Brut

Sparkling wine from Georgia, United States ($26)

Yes, it is possible to get an excellent sparkling wine in the southeast U.S. — and Wolf Mountain Vineyards proves it. The family owned and operated winery is located in the foothills of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in Dahlonega, about 60 miles north of Atlanta.

The Blanc de Blancs Brut is made from Chardonnay grapes and is produced by the same traditional method as Champagne. The sparkling wine is pale yellow in color with a light and engaging taste. Notes of citrus and golden apple are rounded out with a hint of spice. The bubbles give the sparkling wine a nice fullness in the mouth, with crisp acidity making for a refreshing finish.

2008 Biltmore Estate Château Reserve Blanc de Blancs

Sparkling wine from North Carolina, United States ($29)

This dry sparkling wine is made from grapes grown at the Biltmore Estate, a popular attraction in Asheville, North Carolina and the home of George Vanderbilt. While the estate and gardens date back to the late 1800s, the vineyards are more recent and were planted in the 1970s. Today the Biltmore Estate is the most visited winery in the U.S., welcoming more than one million visitors each year.

The Blanc de Blancs is made from Chardonnay grapes grown in North Carolina. It is dry and elegant, with flavors of tart lemon, white grapefruit and pineapple. A hint of toast rounds out the palate, and the finish is clean and crisp.

Santa Julia Brut Rosé NV

Rosé sparkling wine from Mendoza, Argentina ($13)

Santa Julia is part of Bodega Familia Zuccardi, one of Argentina’s largest family owned wineries and a leading exporter of Argentine wine. The vineyards are located in Mendoza, at the foot of the Andes Mountains.

The Brut Rosé is made entirely from Pinot Noir grapes and produced using the Charmat method. Vibrant pink in color, the sparkling wine has a fresh and aromatic nose of red berries. The taste is soft, ripe and lively, with flavors of strawberry, raspberry, cherry and rose. Small bubbles and a touch of sweetness make this wine fun to sip.

Yellow Tail Bubbles Sparkling White

Sparkling wine from South Eastern Australia ($10)

The recognizable Australian wine label has brought its friendly approach to sparkling wine. This white sparkling wine is made with a blend of Semillon, Traminer, Viognier and Trebbiano grapes and produced using the Charmat method.

Extremely fragrant, the Australian bubbly has slightly sweet citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Notes of Meyer lemon, tangerine, guava, white peach and honeysuckle come together for a clean, refreshing finish.

What is interesting about the Yellow Tail sparkling wine is that it is sealed not with a traditional mushroom-shaped cork but with a “Zork” — a plastic cork. After removing the foil you remove a coil of plastic from the neck, then press the button at the top of the Zork to release it from the bottle. The Zork still makes that satisfying pop sound when the bottle is opened (and you still feel the force inside the bottle pushing it out), with the bonus that it can be used to reseal the bottle.

Graham Beck Brut Rosé

Cap Classique from South Africa ($17)

Cap Classique is the name for sparkling wine produced in South Africa using the traditional method. Graham Beck has been producing Cap Classique in the Western Cape province since 1991, and had the honor of serving their Brut at the inauguration of Nelson Mandela in 1994.

If you’re a fan of rosé sparkling wines, you must give this a taste. Pale peachy-pink in color, this is rosé at its prettiest. The wine is a blend of Chardonnay (55%) and Pinot Noir (45%) from estate vineyards in Robertson, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. Pleasantly sophisticated in flavor with hints of raspberries and cherries, this is an upbeat mix of fun and finesse.

Vidalia Onion Museum Grand Opening

Can’t get enough Vidalia onions?  You’re not alone in your love of Georgia’s official state vegetable. After five years of planning by Vidalia fanatics, a museum celebrating the sweet onions is set to open at the end of April.

The Vidalia Onion Museum in Vidalia, Georgia will feature an array of educational exhibits that showcase the history and significance of the beloved onion. There will also be hands-on exhibits for kids and a Vidalia onion field.

The museum will open to the public on Friday, April 29th with a star-studded chefs luncheon and ribbon cutting ceremony. Participating chefs include Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill, Gerry Klaskala of Aria, Tracey Bloom of Ray’s at Killer Creek, James Beard award winner Jeffrey Buben of Vidalia restaurant and cookbook author Gena Knox.

The museum’s grand opening coincides with the Vidalia Onion Festival.  The weekend of festivities includes parades, concerts and onion-eating contests. Visit www.vidaliaonionfestival.com for more details.

The Vidalia Onion Museum is located at 100 Vidalia Sweet Onion Drive and will open to the public on Friday, April 29th at 3pm.  The museum will be open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm with tours available on Saturday.
For more information visit www.vidaliaonion.org or call (912) 537-1918.

image from the Vidalia Onion Committee’s website

What’s Growing Now in Georgia: Annual Harvest Calendar

The start of spring and the upcoming opening of the Peachtree Road Farmers Market mean it is easier than ever to find and enjoy local produce.

Want to know what’s in season now?  Check out the Annual Harvest Calendar from Georgia Organics that shows the wide variety of fruits and vegetables available from local farms throughout the year.

Click image on left for the calendar


The Peachtree Road Farmers Market is every Saturday from April 9th through December 17th in 2011 at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road Northwest.

Georgia Organics is a nonprofit organization integrating healthy, sustainable and locally grown food into the lives of Georgians.

Wolf Mountain Brut: Sparkling Wine from Georgia

There’s an exciting new sparkling wine for you to toast with this Valentine’s Day.  It doesn’t come from France or even California — it’s made in Georgia!

Introducing Blanc de Blancs Brut, a sparkling wine from Wolf Mountain Vineyards.

Wolf Mountain Vineyards is located in the foothills of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in Dahlonega, about 60 miles north of Atlanta.  The family owned and operated 30-acre estate was established in 1999, with the first vines planted in 2000.  The winery opened to the public in early spring 2003.  Today Wolf Mountain Vineyards is approaching a 5,000 case production.

Wolf Mountain’s sparkling wines are produced using the traditional method, just like Champagne.  The bubbles develop during the second fermentation, which takes place in the bottle.

The Blanc de Blancs is made from Chardonnay.  It is pale yellow in color, with a light and engaging taste.  Notes of citrus and golden apple are rounded out with a hint of spice.  Crisp acidity balances out the fruit for a refreshing finish.  The bubbles give the sparkling wine a nice fullness in the mouth.

Wolf Mountain also produces a Brut Rose, Sparkling Demi-Sec and Blanc de Syrah Brut, in addition to still white and red wines.  I’m a fan of the Instinct, a blend of Syrah, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Touriga Nacional.

Wolf Mountain wines can be purchased at Atlanta-area locations of Whole Foods.  Click here to see other retailers.  The wines may also be purchased at the winery or online.

Want to explore north Georgia wine country?  Visit Wolf Mountain Vineyards and the other wineries this March during the Spring Wine Highway Weekend.

Wolf Mountain Vineyards, www.wolfmountainvineyards.com
Blanc de Blancs Brut, $26