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Wine Highway 3 Georgia ladies warm their wine galsses at Sharp Mtn Winery

Wine Growers Association 2017 Wine Highway

Habersham Vineyards and Winery will host the 25th annual Winefest at its tasting room and production facility in Helen, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 6.

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Merlot, the prodigious grape of France and the world

Movie history and wine! In the 2004 film, “Sideways,” showcasing a winetasting road adventure in California, Paul Giamatti plays wine elitist, Miles. In a conversation with his traveling buddy, Jack, played by Thomas Haden Church, Miles replies, “If anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving, I am not drinking any (expletive) … Merlot!”

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Georgia wine history and trends

Georgia, the last British colony in America, was established as a Trustee of the Crown in 1733. Silk, wine and olive oil were key agricultural objectives to make the colony profitable.

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Wine performance 2016 and trends for 2017

Another year complete and wine sales in the U.S. were up 5 percent. This includes on-premise, off-premise and direct-to-consumer sales totaling $3.4 billion, as tracked by the BW166 market research firm. Results are available in the December issue of Wines & Vines.

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Holiday wines

This is my annual holiday wine column on wines for Thanksgiving through New Year’s. As always my theme is “drink what you like,” but, each year, we have new vintages and wine trends influencing our pairings.

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