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Montaluce’s Le Vigne Restaurant has again garnered top reviews from http://www.opentable.com.  Opentable.com is the nation’s largest on-line reservation system and participants are invited to review the restaurants the visit.

For the state of Georgia, Le Vigne won:

#1 Ambiance

#1 Scenic View

Top Ten Wine list

Top Ten Lunch

Top Ten Brunch

Top Ten Romantic

Thank you to all of you for making us one of Georgia’s favorite destinations! Check out the results at

 

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Join us October 16th and 17th for our third annual Harvest Festival at Montaluce.

Live music, wine tastings, great food, hay rides, winery tours and more will make this an event you won’t want to miss! Call 706-867-4060 for more information.

We’re excited to announce the results of the Georgia Production Partnershiip “Challenge” blind tasting.  300 people attending the event were asked to taste wines in 4 categories; Dry white, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Each category featured one Georgia wine and a similarly priced wine from Napa Valley.  The wines were concealed in paper bags so those tasting could not determine the producer or region.    Montaluce won best Chardonnay!

Georgia wines won best of class in 3 of 4 categories!

Seems that Georgia Wines can hold their own!

Montaluce’s Chef Steven Hartman was just named one of Atlanta’s top 5

Chef’s to watch by Creative Loafing.  Chef Hartman’s seasonally inspired menu is turning heads in Atlanta.  To read the story, visit Creative Loafing at http://clatl.com/gyrobase/atlanta-chefs-to-watch/Content?oid=1914613&showFullText=true

Montaluce’s Brent Beecham was recently asked to write a guest blog on the emerging Georgia wine industry.  Thanks to social media, Georgia wine is gaining recognition!  If you’re interested in the history and future of Georgia wine, visit:

http://www.thisphotographerslife.com/2010/07/north-georgia-wineries-kicking-off-week.html

Notizie Dalle Viti (News from the Vines – in Italian)

Wine Maker: Maria Peterson

In the vineyards, we are currently working on maintaining the growth of the vines. As with most plant life in the South, our vines are growing rapidly this time of year. Instead of using chemicals to hold off disease and reduce frequent growth, we are hand pruning our vines in order to reduce the canopy and increase the air flow throughout. The grapes are coming in full and healthy. Many lady bugs have been spotted, which is a good sign! They keep aphids (small, plant-eating insects) away from the vineyards. Larger and fuller crops, compared to previous years, are fully expected.

On Friday, June 11th and Saturday, June 12th, we bottled our Montaluce 2009 whites and reserve reds for release later this year. The whites include the Montaluce Chardonnay, Montaluce Viognier, Montaluce Risata (a rose), and two new appearances to our list-Montaluce Dulce (a semi-sweet, for you Southerners with a sweet tooth) and Montaluce Primoro (a blend.) We are very excited about our red reserve that is new to our list-the Montaluce Centurio (a blend, mostly Merlot.) Now that bottling is over for now, our crew is slowly but surely going through spring cleaning preparing for our next harvest.

Garden: Caroline Allen, Jack, Megan

We’ve got some hard workers out in our gardens right now! They’re productivity is truly paying off. We have planted and are growing tomatoes, beans, peas, lettuce, cabbage, melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, eel river musk melon), corn, pumpkins, squash, okra, carrots, sunflowers, nasturtiums, zinnias, and cucumbers—just to name a few! Everything we grow is completely organic, and some of it is even being used in our kitchen at Le Vigne Restaurant. Check out our (dish with something form the garden in it??)!

We are also looking into putting together some packages for day classes to be taught out in the gardens—painting, drawing, film—also looking into some possibilities for performances, Shakespeare in the park types of productions. Keep your ears and eyes open for these awesome opportunities in the near future! Also, keep an eye out for sunflowers galore in late July!

–Emailed back for more info. Waiting to hear back. Called & left message, also.

Sommelier: Bill Gallagher

From the Bar

Here’s a cool pick for a hot summer from the land of a thousand grape varieties recommended by Bill Gallagher, our house sommelier:

2008 Abbazia di Novacella Kerner, Alto Adige, Italy

A lavish bouquet of peaches, honeysuckles, orange blossoms and wild herbs emanates from this richly textured, sophisticated Kerner from Northern Italy.  Intensely deep, with pure stone fruit expression and racy acidity.  A top-notch example of this varietal.  The white Kerner grape is the cross of the red grape Trolinger and the noble white variety Riesling.  Try it with grilled trout.

We are open every Tuesday—Saturday for lunch & Sunday for brunch from 11:00—3:00. We are open for dinner every Friday—Sunday from 5:30—9:00 (with the exception of closing for private events.) Check us out on Open Table for availability and reservations. Every Friday night that we have dinner service, we also show a movie at 8:45. Please check our website for our coming movie line-ups.

We are pleased to have been a part of the wine and chocolate soirée hosted by Bren Herrera.  Check out all the yummy details on Bren’s blog at: http://bit.ly/bzTT8U