Fox Vineyards

Fox Vineyards and Winery

Fox Vineyards rates in the top 5 wineries we have visited this year. Here is a little history about them. In 1983, they chose a farm in the Piedmont area of North Georgia, 30 miles east of Atlanta, to become Fox Vineyards and Winery. The idea was to produce wines with a distinct character that would go well with traditional Southern cooking and have that certain something that the founders refer to as “Southern Charm.” Fox Vineyards specialize in growing the native Georgia grapes, Muscadines and Scuppernongs. With over 15 acres, they have a plentiful crop that allows them to create wines that are truly made of the South. It has been said that their Muscadew and Scuppedew both pair wonderfully with Southern cooking, achieving success for their founder. Here is a picture of the front entrance.

Fox Vineyards and Winery front entrance

Fox Vineyards and Winery front entrance

Before we went inside I couldn’t help but see the beautiful Vineyards.

Fox Vineyards

Fox Vineyards

Once inside they had some great merchandise related to wines.

Fox Winery show room

Fox Winery show room

Cool Winery Merchandise

Cool Winery Merchandise

We did a tasting and there wasn’t a tasting charge, Free Tastings always a good deal. I was fortunate to speak to the grandson of the winery Founder. “The Grandson is going to College and planning to carry on the family tradition.  He told me the history of the winery. In the beginning the Founder was making wine for communion service at his church. As he went along other churches in the area wanted him to make their wine. It was then he decided he needed to grow more grapes and build a winery. Till this day he still makes the wine for his church communion service. This reminds me of my Grandpa who also made Muscadine wine for a small country church. He was a member of in  Lumpkin County Georgia. Fox Vineyards and Winery makes the best Muscadine and Scuppernong wines in Georgia, hands down.

You can find them by clicking Fox Vineyards and Winery directions

Visit their website at http://www.foxvinwinery.com/

Until next time, Visit, Eat, and Wine a little Bit. :)

 

 

 

Beautiful Vineyard View at Crane Creek Vineyards

2014 Spring Wine Highway Weekend

The Spring Wine Highway Weekend here in North Georgia is a good way to experience a sampling of the great wines produced in Georgia. This year the event will take place over two weekends. March 22nd and 23rd, and the weekend of March 29th and 30th, 2014.

You can click on the hyperlinks below to read our articles about them.

Here is an excerpt from Winegrowers Association of Georgia:

The cost is $30.00 per person, which includes a souvenir glass , and your passport to all 14 participating wineries, Montaluce Winery, Cavender Creek Vineyards, The Cottage Vineyards & Winery, Sernity Cellars, Habersham Winery, Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards, Yonah Mountain Vineyards, Tiger Mountain Vineyards, 12 Spies Vineyards, Hightower Creek Vineyards, Crane Creek Vineyards, Serenberry Vineyards, Cartecay Vineyards, and Sharp Mountain Vineyards. You can purchase your Passport at any participating winery, which ever day you choose, and where ever you choose to start your adventure !

Here are a few pictures of what you will see during the Spring Highway Weekend.

 

Cottage Winery Views

Cottage Winery Views

Cartecay Vineyards Sign

Cartecay Vineyards Sign

 

Cavender Creek Vineyards

Cavender Creek Vineyards

 

Habersham Winery

Habersham Winery

Tiger Mountain Vineyards

Tiger Mountain Vineyards

Serenity Cellars Tasting Room

Serenity Cellars Tasting Room

Crane Creek Vineyards

Crane Creek Vineyards

Serenberry Vineyards

Serenberry Vineyards

Hightower Creek Vineyards

Hightower Creek Vineyards

So make plans to visit these great wineries and the fantastic views of the Mountains. If you’re in the Atlanta area this Spring Highway Weekend would make a Great Day Trip.

Until next time, Visit, Eat, and Wine a little Bit. :)

Talk of the Table

Talk of the Table

Talk of the Table isn’t really a winery but they have wines from all around the world. Talk of the Table is Cumming’s first full service boutique for wine and cheese with an accompanying tasting room. This is a great way to taste different wines, cheeses, and other treats. The owner Amy Wertz Moreau has a great bubbly personality and knows all the details about the wines being tasted.

The Owner Amy Wertz Moreau

The Owner Amy Wertz Moreau

Here is a couple of pictures showing the Cheeses and other goodies.

Great Cheeses

Great Cheeses

Their sauces, spices, salts, pestos, oils and vinegars, they are all fantastic AND all produced locally using imported Italian ingredients.

Their sauces, spices, salts, pesto’s, oils and vinegars, they are all fantastic AND all produced locally using imported Italian ingredients.

They offer tastings on Thursday evenings and Saturday evenings. You will need to call and make a reservation. Once we got to the Talk of the Table we waited for the group ahead of us to finish their tasting and then entered the tasting room.

Tasting Room

Tasting Room

They can seat about 18 people. The great thing about this is you get to meet other folks that enjoy wines and their pairings. Its always fun making new friends. They usually have 5 to 6 wines at each tasting. They have trays of cheeses, crackers, some meats and dips that pair with the wines.

Wine tasting goodies

Wine tasting goodies

Once the tasting starts the staff will tell you about the wine being served, its history and what to expect while tasting. This is a great way to learn about different wines and what they can be paired with. The cost of the wine tasting varies, but its usually under $20 each. I think the night we went it was $17, this is a great deal. This way you don’t wind up spending money and buying something you don’t like. They have a light fixture made from wine glasses it looks cool :)

Unique Lighting

Unique Lighting

You can find them by clicking Talk of the Table Directions.

Visit them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Talk-Of-The-Table/163251970536194

Until next time, Visit, Eat, and Wine a little Bit. :)

 

 

 

 

 

La Casa Italian Grill and Restaurant

La Casa Italian Grill

Valentines Day at La Casa Italian Grill and Restaurant is a great way to enjoy a special day. The owner Pasquale Cardamuro has been serving Italian food in Georgia for the last 30 years. He took a historic house in Alpharetta, Georgia and turned it into a great restaurant. Now lets talk about the  food. As we walked toward the entrance we saw this sign.

Valentine Day Specials

Valentine Day Specials

This made our decision very easy. We first ordered the Calamari and Caesar Salads. The Calamari is some of the best you will find and the Caesar salads were simple but delicious.

Calamari

Calamari

Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

The owner of La Casa Italian Grill came by and ask would we like our picture taken and we told him sure.

Myself and my wife (aka, Valentine)

Myself and my wife (aka, Valentine)

Next up was our Entrees my wife had the Lobster Valentine  special, I had the Pollo Amore special. The lobster was cooked just right and the stuffed ravioli and sauce were great. The chicken was so moist and the rice and Veggies simply divine. We try to come to La Casa Italian Grill every Valentines day because the flavors of the food are superb and the owner and staff are so friendly. Check out the food.

Lobster Valentine

Lobster Valentine

Pollo Amore

Pollo Amore

The meal isn’t complete without dessert. We eat this one every time we visit them. I don’t know the correct name so lets just call it Killer Dessert :) It comes to you frozen so we cut it down the middle and dig in. It is very rich and creamy.

Killer Dessert

Killer Dessert

Rich and Creamy

Rich and Creamy

So the next time you are looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion or just great food, visit  La Casa Italian Grill and Restaurant.

For Directions click La Casa Italian Grill Trip.

Visit their website at http://www.lacasaitaliangrill.com/

Until next time, Visit, Eat, and Wine a little Bit. :)
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Odom Springs Vineyards

Odom Springs Vineyards

The Entrance to Odom Springs Vineyards is a Grand site with the Odom Farms archway.

Odom Springs Vineyards

Odom Springs Vineyards

This was our last stop on our mountain journey and it was a pleasant one. The next photos are of the tasting room/winery and the porch overlooking the vineyards, simply beautiful.

 

Tasting room

Tasting room

 

My wife Cinda on the porch area

My wife Cinda on the porch area

 

Great seating on the porch

Great seating on the porch

We thought the barrels in the tasting room added a nice setting.

Tasting room seating

Tasting room seating

One of the owners Ed Rohrbaugh  was nice enough to take us downstairs to the winery where the wines are made. They have some different ways of making and finishing the wines.

Winery Downstairs

Winery Downstairs

Wine Finishing Tanks

Wine Finishing Tanks

Here is the Grape Press.

Grape Press

Grape Press

One of the wines is dedicated to the Georgia Bulldogs. Go Dawgs.

Georgia Bulldog Wines

Georgia Bulldog Wines

The next picture is special to Ed Rohrbaugh that was a principle at a local school. I hope I got this story right. Each one of the tiles is an adjective written by each of the faculty members. Each one of the corks are the names of each faculty member. I think this was a very special gift for a very special person. We really enjoyed meeting Ed and his wife Sharon. I’m sure the vineyard and winery will continue to produce great wines.

A gift from the School Staff

A gift from the School Staff

Everyone we meet on our travels are special but sometimes we just connect better with some folks. This was one of those times. Ed is someone you will always remember because he makes you feel so welcome, even if it is your first time.  We look forward to going back and visiting them in the future. You can find them by clicking Odom Springs Vineyards Directions.

You can visit their website at: http://www.odomspringsvineyards.com/

Until next time, Visit, Eat, and Wine a little Bit. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serenberry Vineyards

Serenberry Vineyards

Just before you get to Serenberry Vineyards you go up a small gravel road with a small sign nailed to a tree. So don’t give up on your way it is worth the drive. Serenberry Vineyards owners Mark and Janice Jernigan have a small vineyard that produces some wonderful wines. Each wine has a unique name and history behind each one.

Serenberry Wines

Serenberry Wines

The staff can tell you about each one and how they came to be.

The Serenberry Staff

The Serenberry Staff

I wasn’t sure what the quality of wines might be as we drove up the small driveway but I was pleasantly surprised. The taste and finish of the wines were great. It doesn’t pay to judge the wines until you have tasted them.  I took a few pictures of the tasting room and vineyards as you can see below.

Serenberry tasting room

Serenberry Vineryard view

The vines at Serenberry

I thought the Serenberry Vineyard Door was very interesting.

Serenberry Tasting Room Door

Serenberry Tasting Room Door

They also have an old 1800′s Grape Press that is a good photo shoot.

Old Grape Press

This winery is off the beaten path but well worth the drive so go by and visit them. You can get there by clicking on Serenberry Vineyards Directions.

You can visit their website at:  http://www.serenberryvineyards.com/

Until next time , Visit, Eat, and Wine a little Bit. :)

 

 

 

 

The Sweet Shoppe

The Sweet Shoppe

The Sweet Shoppe in blue ridge, Georgia has great sweets and Myself and my wife love good deserts . Here is a little bit about their history.  The shop was started by friends Nikki Gribble and Susan Catron. They both had a passion for baking and wanted to share their creations with other folks. They began on May 11, 2011 as The Sweet Shoppe of Blue Ridge. The are quite famous for their Cupcakes. In fact they won Cupcake wars on the Food Network. I just love the outside of their building with the stone work.

 

The stone work outside their shop

The stone work outside their shop

As we entered the Sweet Shoppe it was packed with people. You could smell the sweet aromas of cupcakes and other baked goods. I felt like a kid in a candy store. Here are some pictures of the cupcakes and baked goods.

Cupcakes Picture 2

Cupcakes Picture 3

Cupcakes Picture 1

Other wonderful baked goods

You should be sitting there with your mouth-watering and longing for a cupcake at this time. :) We were greeted by some of the sweetest folks that told us about the Sweet Shoppe. They also have a newly open shop in McCaysville, GA. It just so happens to be at the end of one of the stops of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Train trips. The Sweet Shoppe has an inside seating area with coffee mugs and other accessories.

Great seating area

Mugs and stand

Sweet Shoppe Coffee Mug

We brought back a couple of the cupcakes to eat later. The flavors were spectacular and so, so fresh. All of the cupcakes are baked fresh daily using the freshest ingredients. We plan on going back this summer to visit the blue ridge area, maybe stay in a cabin and explore the town. That’s just a good excuse to go back to the Sweet Shoppe of Blue Ridge for cupcakes. If you would like to visit them you can click on Sweet Shoppe Directions.

Also visit their website at : http://www.sweetshoppeblueridge.com/

Until next time, Visit, Eat, and Wine a little Bit. :)

 

The Pink Pig in Cherry Log, GA

Bud’s Pink Pig

You might ask how did I find the Pink Pig in Cherry Log, GA. Well I was looking for a place to eat in and around the Blue Ridge area. As I began to search the internet the Pink Pig continued coming up in my search. I had never heard of it but thought why not give it a try. Well am I glad that we did. Here is a little bit about the Pink Pig. It was originally built in 1950 and was a Grist mill and Country store. Founded by Bud Holloway he began serving Pit-cooked BBQ with special sauce and Brunswick stew in a cast iron pot. Bud’s Granddaughter, Samantha now owns and runs the restaurant. Here is a couple of outside pictures. Notice the sign on the side, it doesn’t get any better than this one.

The original old sign at The Pink Pig

The original old sign at The Pink Pig

This is a great little entrance

This is a great little entrance

As we walked in everyone said Hey and we were seated. We started off with the salad with a secret garlic dressing. It had a wonderful flavor of garlic and tangy. We then had a BBQ sandwich, onion rings, green beans, sautéed mushrooms, and a grilled chicken salad. The food was great.

Great lunch at the pink pig

Great lunch at the pink pig

I need to add that the Onion rings were so good with a crunch as you bite into them. The horseradish dip was to die for.

Best Onion rings I've had

Best Onion rings I’ve had

 

The Fireplace

The Fireplace

 

More folk art inside

More folk art inside

Even the sign says watch out for Curves.

Watch out for the Curves

Watch out for the Curves

They also had an interesting bench outside.

The pig bench

The pig bench

If you are on your way to blue ridge or just out for a day trip make sure to go by and visit the folks at Bud’s Pink Pig. Tell the owner Samantha hello from us and enjoy the food. This was a great find for us on our journey looking for great drives, dines, and wines. You can visit them by clicking Bud’s Pink Pig Directions. You can see the menu and restaurant information at their website: http://www.budspinkpig.com/index.html

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Atlanta Highway Seafood Market

Atlanta Highway Seafood Market

 

The Atlanta Highway Seafood Market isn’t a Mountain Drive, nor is it a winery, but it is one of the best seafood restaurants in Georgia. I started going to their restaurant when they had two tables. They now have about twelve or thirteen tables. If you are planning to visit them you had better go early. They are jammed packed during the lunch and dinner hours. They do have some tables outside you can use during warmer weather.

Outside seating at Atlanta Highway Seafood Market

Outside seating at Atlanta Highway Seafood Market

With that being said lets talk fresh Fish and Shrimp. As you walk into the restaurant you will see the fresh fish and shrimp in the counters. I know, you’re probably saying ” who wants to smell fish” well you don’t. They keep it iced down and it is flown in fresh 4 times per week.

Fresh Fish iced down in the counters

Fresh Fish iced down in the counters

The Fresh Shrimp different sizes

The Fresh Shrimp different sizes

Here is a little history about the restaurant and owners. Being raised in Biloxi, Mississippi the founder of Atlanta Highway Seafood Market has always enjoyed fresh seafood and great cajun/creole cooking. With the desire to bring that taste and fresh seafood from the Gulf to the people of North Georgia he founded Atlanta Highway Seafood Market in 2008. You can see the Menu posted on the wall behind the counter. This is actually a good concept being you can figure out what you want before you reach the counter.

The Menu at Atlanta Highway Seafood Market

The Menu at Atlanta Highway Seafood Market

To see some of their items click Featured Dishes. All of their dishes are excellent but we enjoy the Shrimp Sandwiches at lunch for $4.99, yes that is correct only $4.99. Take a look at the size of them.

Our sandwiches

Our sandwiches

Did I say lots of Shrimp!

Did I say lots of Shrimp!

We also enjoy the homemade egg rolls. The hushpuppies have whole kernel corn in them that makes them so sweet and yummy.

Egg rolls and Hushpuppies

Egg rolls and Hushpuppies

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I’m getting hungry as I write this article. :) If you are looking for some fresh seafood prepared just like you want it then look no further. This is one of the best secrets in Georgia. To help you find them you can click on Atlanta Highway Seafood Market.

Check them out at their website: http://atlantahighwayseafood.com/

Until next time, Visit, Eat, and Wine a little Bit. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tiger Mountain Vineyards

Tiger Mountain Vineyards

Tiger Mountain Vineyards located in Rabun County is a great place to visit. They started planting the vines in 1995. They now grow six French vinifera varieties: Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Mourvedre, Petit Manseng, Tannat, and Viognier, as well as the Portuguese Touriga Nacional. They also grow  the American Norton grape, native to Virginia. As you drive up you can see the Tasting room and tables outside where they have live music in warm weather.

Tasting Room

Tasting Room

Hours of operation

Hours of operation

As you go inside you can see the wine aging in oak barrels. They have a wonderful tasting room area with a few tables. The staff are always friendly and loaded with information about the wines and vineyards.

Tasting room and barrels of wine aging.

Tasting room and barrels of wine aging.

I thought the Wine Wreath was a neat idea.

Wine Cork Wreath

Wine Cork Wreath

Tiger Mountain Vineyards has won many awards. You can view them by clicking Awards. You can also make reservations at the Red Barn Café between April and mid-November. We recently had dinner for our Son and future Daughter-in-law to celebrate their engagement. It was a lovely meal and beautiful setting.

Celebrating our Son and Future Daughter-in-law engagement at the Red Barn

My Wife and future daughter-in-law at the Red Barn in Tiger, GA

One of the Owners has a book titled, Martha Ezzard’s memoir, THE SECOND BUD; DESERTING THE CITY FOR A FARM WINERY. You can order it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble (also a kindle book).

To find out more about the restaurant  click Red Barn Café.

You can visit them by clicking Tiger Mountain Vineyards Directions.

And visit their website at http://www.tigerwine.com/

We always enjoy our trip to the Winery and Vineyards. We look forward to another great dinner this summer at the Red Barn Café. I hope you will go by and visit them soon. Who knows we might see you there.

Until next time, Visit, Eat, and Wine a little Bit. :)