It’s been rainy and drizzly this week, and the colors have been wonderful at dawn and dusk, with the mist shifting along the ridge lines. Our peregrine falcon is back, and some of the native plants are beginning to poke their heads up in the woods. The forsythia is starting to come, and the sarvis is beginning to bud out nicely. I’ve seen a few butterflies, but I haven’t seen the first Mourning Cloak. I’m expecting that any day now. It’s been a long winter and a late spring this year, perhaps as much as a month later than what’s been normal for the past ten years, and I think pretty near everyone is ready for it.
I knew we had a number of new vineyards, but I’m surprised to learn that there are as many as eighteen. Here’s the announcement for this weekend and next weekend’s “Wine Highway”: The Winegrowers Association of Georgia is holding our Annual Spring Wine Highway Weekend March 21 & 22, and March 28th & 29th 2015. This year will be our biggest event as we now have 18 members who will participate. If you have not participated before, you pay your admission fee ($40.00/person) at any of the participating wineries where you will receive a souvenir glass, and Passport that you will take to each winery you visit. Your admission allows you access to all participating wineries over both weekends so you can take your time and enjoy the experience. Check out our Wine Map to plan your trip. Don’t forget to post your Wine Highway Weekend photos on our Facebook page, Winegrowers Association of Georgia. We hope to see you in wine country! There’s a list of participating wineries on their website, along with some additional information.