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Laura Dave and her new novel, “Eight Hundred Grapes.”
Allen Murabayashi; Simon & Schuster

Laura Dave has a gained a following for writing novels that are bracingly funny and honest about the dynamics of contemporary relationships.

Her fourth book, “Eight Hundred Grapes,” which is set in the wine country of Sonoma County, California and will be published this week, figures to enhance her reputation.

Crane Creek Vineyards

Georgia’s wine business is booming, creating jobs and millions of dollars in state and local tax revenue.

It’s quite an accomplishment when you consider there were just a handful of vineyards in the state in 1995. But with steady growth over the past two decades, Georgia now boasts more than 40.

Grape grower and winemaker Eric Seifarth is the president of Crane Creek Vineyards, which is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia.

Seifarth is also a member of the Winegrowers Association of Georgia.

Three Sisters Vineyards

This is Wine Trail Weekend in Dahlonega: just one more way to increase the wine industry’s impact in Georgia. And those efforts appear to be growing strong.

Doug Paul says the grape harvest is just beginning in North Georgia. “We’ve got the right type of elevation. We’ve got beautiful long growing days,” says Paul. “And we’re actually producing Cabernets and Chardonnays and also French-American hybrids like Vidal Blanc.”