Three Sisters Vineyards 2008 Cynthiana

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Cynthiana, also known as Norton, is the oldest native North American variety in commercial cultivation today. Popular in the mid-Atlantic and southern states, Cynthiana has found a home in Georgia, and especially at Three Sisters Vineyards. Established in 1996 and bonded in 2000, Three Sisters Vineyards is Lumpkin County’s first vineyard since prohibition and holds theRead more

VisitGeorgiaWineries.com

Creating a new website is never easy. Creating a website to cover an entire industry is nearly impossible. Several years back, I visited Georgia to taste the current vintages, and more importantly, see where the industry was headed through my own lens. Not surprisingly, and consistent with the other 46 states, the industry was thriving.Read more

A Georgia Wine Pioneer Says Goodbye

Earlier this week, well-respected winemaker and owner, David Harris of BlackStock Vineyards, made the difficult decision to close their doors. A pioneer in the North Georgia wine industry, David established the vineyard in 1996. This marks the second time in a little over a year that a large winery has announced their closings. Until the state recognizesRead more

Yonah Mountain Vineyards 2006 Genesis

Over the holidays, I tasted a number of wines from the other 46 states, with a Bordeaux-style blend leaving a lasting impression. The wine, the Yonah Mountain Vineyards 2006 Genesis, is produced by Yonah Mountain Vineyards. I’ve written about their wines a number of times (read more here), and each time I come away more impressed.Read more

Yonah Mountain Vineyards 2008 Chardonnay

Blind tastings don’t lie. It’s an opportunity for the underdog to shine, especially in the case of local wine. Usually not given a fighting chance, especially by the mainstream media, a blind tasting removes the regional and label prejudices. So when I read Yonah Mountain Vineyards eked out a victory against the mighty Kistler in a controlledRead more

Three Sisters Vineyards 2006 Merlot

I was never swayed by the “Sideways Effect” on Merlot, which now seems a distant memory. I’ve continued to enjoy Merlot regularly, albeit with a twist. I now prefer local Merlots over any others. From Long Island, New York to Dahlonega, Georgia, I’ll pour a local Merlot over Napa Valley any day. In fact, I need to hostRead more

Serenity Cellars 2008 Viognier

Established in 2002, Serenity Cellars is the winery of Joe Smith, the talented winemaker for Yonah Mountain Vineyards. Available in the Yonah Mountain Vineyards tasting room located at Sautee Junction, just south of Helen, Georgia, the Serenity Cellar wines happened to be some of my favorites on a recent visit (read more here). Under theRead more