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Author shares story of converting farm into winery
Martha Ezzard to speak at Brenau Downtown Center next month
Author and award-winning columnist Martha Ezzard will speak at a special lecture and wine-tasting program Feb. 13 at the Brenau Downtown Center.

A special lecture and wine-tasting program at the Brenau University Downtown Center originally scheduled for Feb. 13 has been postponed to March 20.

Keynoting the event will be author Martha Ezzard, who will discuss how she and her physician husband, John, turned a North Georgia family farm into a successful winery.

Because of early print deadlines due to the winter weather, Thursday's print edition of Get Out included the original date for the event. The event was postponed late Wednesday afternoon.

Ezzard, award-winning newspaper columnist, environmental lawyer and former Colorado state senator, also will sign her book, “The Second Bud: Deserting the City for a Farm Winery.”

Born in Atlanta, Ezzard had a career in law and politics in Colorado when she and her husband, John, a retired urologist, returned to Rabun County to save a five-generations-old 100-acre family farm near the tiny town of Tiger where he was born. They embarked on a bold plan to build a French-style winery, using some varieties of grapes foreign to Georgia.

The couple’s risk-taking efforts paid off. Their Tiger Mountain vineyards and winery have produced gold- and silver-medal wines in top East Coast and California competitions.

The free event will be from 6-8 p.m. March 20 as part of the university’s Sense & Sustainability lecture series. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

For more details, call Alison Reeger Cook at 770-534-6160 or reserve a seat at