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On the Water: Fishing returns to normal after storm

After Hurricane Elsa passed our coast, it took a few days for the weather to settle down and fishing to return to normal. After a few windy, rainy days, we returned to our normal summer pattern of calm mornings and stormy afternoons. Spanish mackerel were found in good numbers across ...

Dolphin Tales: The brown pelican

“What a wonderful bird is the pelican. Its beak can hold more than its belly can.” — Hugh Madigan The brown pelican is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. When not foraging for their own fish, you will see them standing around fishing docks waiting for a hand-out. When ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2019 Simi Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2019 Simi Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc #28-2021 The style of California Sauvignon Blanc can vary quite a bit from winery to winery, so I would describe the 2019 vintage from Simi as "middle of the road". It ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2017 Maritana La Riviere Russian River Chardonnay

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2017 Maritana La Riviere Russian River Chardonnay #27-2021 Every now and then we decide to splurge and treat ourselves to a dinner in an upscale restaurant, as was the case last week, when we dined on Chilean Sea ...

On the Water: Fishing was good over the full moon

Overall, weather was good over the past week. A full moon brought strong tides, winds varied day to day, as did thunderstorms and rain. Most days the wind wasn’t strong enough to keep boats in port, as many made the trek into Gulf waters. Far out, in depths well over a hundred feet, red ...

Dolphin Tales: Hurricane Katrina dolphins

Hurricane Katrina, with sustained winds of 175 mph, made landfall along the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts at 6 a.m. on Aug. 28, 2005. To date, it is the most expensive natural disaster to occur in U.S. history. Amidst the devastation, there were amazing stories of survival. There were 14 ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 Francis Coppola Diamond Label Chardonnay

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2018 Francis Coppola Diamond Label Chardonnay #26-2021 One of our "Go To" Chardonnays is the Gold Diamond Label from Coppola. We have enjoyed several vintages in the last few years, and the 2018 is following ...

On the Water: It’s time for summer fishing

Summer has officially arrived and with it comes the hot and humid days. Weekdays are relatively sparse of anglers with weekends getting most of the attention. This summer may be an exception, as it appears a lot more people are visiting our area during our normal off season. Reports of snook ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 Oberon Napa County Cabernet Sauvignon

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2018 Oberon Napa County Cabernet Sauvignon #25-2021 It's not always easy to find a good Cab without paying a premium price these days, but there are some good buys out there. The 2018 Napa Cab from Oberon is a ...