This week’s Winery of the Week is Cartecay Vineyards. Today Sunday and Labor Day they are celebrating their

Crush Festival.  they are located in the Cartecay region of GA near the Cartecay river.  Cartecay is Cherokee for Bread Valley.

Please check them out at Cartecayvineyards.com.  Remember that Every day is a good day to GO Wine!


This week’s winery of the week is the Fainting Goat Vineyards and Winery in Jasper GA.

The Fainting Goat has only been open about a year now and is in an absolutely beautiful location, high on a hill.

It is owned by the Higginbothams: David and Robin and their Daughter, McKenzie Potts. It is a boutique winery

and is perfect for various events. On my Go Wine! Tours it is usually the first or last stop since it is on the southeast corner of the circle.

Go Wine!


Week 1: Winery of the Week

Sharp Mountain Vineyards:

Established in 1995, it is the oldest vineyard in the region.  Located at a 1500 ft. elevation and sits on 26 acres.  It was started by Ron and Jody Rathgeb.  the tasting room and gift shop opened in 2005.  They offer quite a variety of grapes that are all European vinifera: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Viogner, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Primitivo and Trebbiano.  All are grapes are grown, wine produced and bottled at the vineyard.

They’re open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and are also available for weddings and private events.

For more information: www.sharpmountainvineyards.com


This is a family business so I thought I would share a little bit about each of our team members who participated in the Peachtree Road Race on July 4th , 2016.  I’ll  put these in order of fastest to slowest.

The #1 runner on our team was my son : David Balfour who finished in 50:45! in the men’s age group 24-29.  He is 25 years old and graduated from Georgia Tech in 2014 and now works as a Process Engineer at OFS.

#2 is James Padget who finished in 56:37.  He is my son-in-law and is also 25.  He graduated from Georgia Tech in 2013 and works as a consultant for ADP.

#3 is Brittany Balfour Padget who is my daughter and she finished in 59:20. She is also 25 (David and Brittany are twins). She Graduated from Agnes Scott College in 2013 and now works as an HR specialist at Primerica.

#4 is Brooke Balfour, my younger daughter who finished in 1:19:58.  She is 21 and is entering her 4th year at Georgia State in the Fall, majoring in Computer Information Systems.

I was by far the slowest at 1:25:22.  I’m blaming the heat and humidity…also my age has something to do with it.

a fun time was had by all and after we had a couple of Mich Ultras at the finish we ate a good breakfast at JR’s.

I’ll try to find something interesting to write about next week!

Kris Balfour


Looking for something fun to do for the day?  Then

                         Go Wine! With us

Sit back, relax and enjoy a day of wine tasting in the beautiful north Georgia Mountains and leave the driving to us.

We will visit up to 5 vineyards/wineries in the Jasper and Ellijay area.  Most are family owned and part of Georgia’s Agritourism.  They all offer wine tastings, a glass of wine and/or bottles for purchase.  Please note, wine tastings are not included in our pricing.

We accommodate groups from 2 to 12 people and will pick you up anywhere in north metro Atlanta and suburbs.  If you are in the southern part of the city, we’ll pick you up at the North Springs MARTA station, up to 3 stops per tour.

The vineyards we’ll be visiting include: Chateau Meichtry, Fainting Goat, Engelheim, Cartecay and Sharp Mountain.  We will plan the itinerary, or if you have specific destination requests you and your guests want to visit, then we will be glad to oblige…This is your Day!