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Randall Murray: Book details wineries in Georgia
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Warren Johnson is back, and so is his great little book, “Georgia’s Wineries and Vineyards: A Wine Lover’s Guide.”

This is the second edition, even though a mildly frustrated Johnson told me a few years back he would not plunge into this kind of venture again. I’m glad he did.

If you appreciate the quality and variety of Georgia wines, as I do, and enjoy this region’s good wineries, as I do, this is the only guide you will need.

Johnson, who calls the Dahlonega area his home, uses the same format for the second edition. But this book has expanded to include new wineries that have opened in the past five years, and removed some that have left the scene.

The book is arranged by region, and each region has a locator map. Each winery gets two pages, with a photo, a brief history and a list of the grapes grown and wines produced.

If you want more information, Johnson has included address, phone number, website and email. Although each listing includes hours of operation, it is best to double check before you head out. Things can change.

I asked him why he changed his mind and went to the winery well again.

“I guess because wines/

wineries are still in my blood,” he answered. “I felt it had been long enough to look at this again. I got excited once more about doing this book.”

He’s been on the road selling his book and has been so successful he’s heading for a second printing. The book is offered at bookstores, museums, gift shops and visitor centers throughout Northeast Georgia. Johnson is looking for a retail site in Hall County.

Anyone interested in ordering his book online, visit WineLit.net.

Randall Murray is a Gainesville-area resident. Have a question about wine? He can be contacted at murrwine@aol.com. His column appears on the first Wednesday of the month and on www.gainesvilletimes.com.

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