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Smoke Signals “Wayne on Wine” columnist will discuss his new book Georgia “Vineyards
and Wineries” at the Dec. 1 Squires and Stags breakfast meeting. PHOTO COURTESY
SQUIRES AND STAGS.

Georgia wine topic of Dec. 1 Squires and Stags meeting

By Bennett Whipple

Wayne Crawford, author of a new book on Georgia wines, will be the guest speaker at Squires & Stags breakfast meeting on Friday, Dec. 1.

The book, “Georgia Vineyards and Wineries,” is an historical guide to modern Georgia wine 2016. He has been working on the book for the past two years. Crawford has several wine certifications, giving him an in-depth background in grape varietals and wine.

He will give a brief overview of wine history since 1773, including why grapes grow where they do in Georgia; vineyards and wineries in Georgia; and the economic impact of wine trends in Georgia.

After 27 years of Army service, retiring with the rank of colonel, Crawford has served also in a variety of positions with technology and food and beverage companies. Since 2001Crawford operated Crawford Consulting as a certified Project Management Professional for such clients as Coca-Cola, Mirant, Whataburger, and for the State of Florida.

Crawford is best known in Big Canoe for his column in Smoke Signals, “Wayne on Wine” and more recently as a candidate for a seat on the POA board of directors.

Crawford is a graduate of Columbus State University with a master’s degree from Florida State University. During his military career he was a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, The British Army Staff College, and the Army War College. He commanded the 2nd Battalion 505th Parachute Infantry in the 3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division.

Squires & Stags meets in the Mountains Grille at The Clubhouse at Lake Sconti. New members and guests are welcome to attend the meeting. Coffee is ready at 7:45 a.m. followed by a buffet breakfast served at 8:00 a.m. The price of breakfast is $13 payable on your POA account or by cash at the door.

Reservations are required and must be received by Noon on Thursday before the Friday morning meeting. For other reservation links, watch for the weekly announcements of Big Canoe events in Inside the Gates and Smoke Signals e-blasts.

Use of the online reservation system is encouraged, but if it’s not available you may call Kim Cooper at (706) 268-1115 to make reservations.

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