Martha M. Ezzard and her physician husband John are among the pioneers in the movement of professionals trading busy city careers for a return to the land. While this story about saving a fifth-generation family farm is distinctly Southern, it typifies the national locally grown movement which has begun to sweep the country. Locally grown foods call for wines that are a taste of the local earth-what wine aficionados call the terroir-the soils and climate that give the grapes unique flavors not found in California or Burgundy or anywhere other than, in this case Tiger Mountain, Georgia. What follows initially are long sweaty days of post hole digging, trellis wire stringing, and weed pulling mixed with a few chiggers and ticks-but also the thrill, of sighting a giant blue heron in the dawn mist of the farm pond-of hearing the honking of geese at sunset. There are times when the city high rise still beckons, but what Martha and John learn after burning smudge pots all night in a late April freeze only to see their pink buds turn brown despite it all, is that wine grapes have a second bud-and so too, because of their shared venture-does their relationship. The story of Tiger Mountain Vineyards is a window into the nascent community of regional and local wineries; Martha and John are helping to craft a high-quality wine industry in America's rural South. Book jacket.
The Second Bud
Mercer University Press
Deserting the City for a Farm Winery