The Adirondack Wine & Food Festival, a two-day event, Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28th, will celebrate the bounty of amazing craft beverages and locally made foods that the Upper Hudson Valley region has to offer. The festival will be held in Lake George, NY at the Charles R. Wood Park on Westbrook Road.

The Festival will be a two-day, outdoor (rain or shine) event where 14 wineries, 2 breweries, 3 distilleries, and complementing gourmet food and wine-related vendors will set up tents and serve samples of their products, giving festival-goers the opportunity to “try before they buy.”  All vendors will be selling their bottled beverages and products for attendees to take home with them. A Festival ticket  ($25 at the door, $20 pre-sale) gets the attendee access to the event for one day and a commemorative festival glass to be used to sample the hundreds of hand-crafted products available to try that day.

Stephanie Ottino, the Events Manager at Adirondack Winery and the Official Festival Coordinator, explained how the Adirondack Wine & Food came to be, “For the past two years, I have traveled New York representing Adirondack Winery at similar festivals. From this experience, we have hand-picked all the best elements that we know it takes to put on an excellent Wine Festival and are topping that off with a location in the heart of one of the most vibrant vacation destinations in the Northeast.”

Sasha and Michael Pardy, have long dreamed about developing a wine culture in Lake George, starting with Adirondack Winery on Canada Street, which they opened seven years ago.  “People don’t commonly associate our area with wine, as it is not considered an established grape-growing region. However, over the past several years, Adirondack Winery has cultivated its local and visiting customers into an ever-growing base of passionate wine lovers. In addition, numerous wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries have opened their doors,” said Ms. Pardy. “Now, our area is home to a Wine Trail boasting 14 members and a Craft Beverage Trail with more than 20 members! What better place to showcase the amazing hand-crafted products of these businesses than Lake George!,” Pardy exclaimed. “It’s great that our craft beverage producers will gain exposure to local residents, plus the thousands of tourists Lake George draws from all over the northeast at this event; and in addition, we believe this festival will draw new and important customers to the Lake George business community,” she added.

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Galway Rock Vineyard and Winery is celebrating its first anniversary! As their second season begins, owners Kate and Ryan Taylor are fully focused on continued production of their small batch artisanal wine while preparing to launch a new farm brewery and continued innovation with hydroponic viticulture.

As is often said; winemaking begins in the vineyard. And what great beginnings Galway Rock wines have with Ryan Taylor as the vineyard manager. Not only does he tend to their estate vines, but after years of successful experimentation he is pushing further to start large scale hydroponic growth of wine grapes.

Small batch wine production is not only a necessity in their garage winery, but a passion for winemaker, Kate Taylor. Working in small lots really focuses on the fruit in the wine and concentrates its liveliness. Taking a truly hands-on approach to winemaking yields wines with great finesse and drinkability that are food friendly. This is the ultimate goal of the whole Galway Rock family; to make wines that are pleasurable and enjoyed with friends and family.

After starting out at just one market last spring, Galway Rock wines are now available at four farmers markets, 13 retail locations and three restaurants. Galway Rock is expecting another great season this year and looks forward to introducing High Perch Brewery later this summer.

DSCF4007Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Upper Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association are bringing another grape-growers workshop to our region on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11:00-2:00 pm. Fossil Stone Vineyards at 331 Grange Road, Greenfield, New York, will host the workshop for the professional and amateur grower.

Attendees will learn about the basic considerations for selecting a site for a future vineyard and how to establish a new planting. Mike Spiak of The Fossil Stone Vineyard will describe their experiences selecting property, preparing land, and planning their vineyard. Part of the workshop will be outside, so Mike says, “Bring your boots!”

Speakers will be Anna Wallis, Cornell’s Extension Viticulture Specialist, Mike Spiak, Owner of Fossil Stone Vineyards, Andy Farmer of Northeast Vine Supply, and Jay White of Bouquet Valley Vineyard.

Mike Spiak

Mike Spiak of Fossil Stone Vineyards

PRE-Registration for this free workshop is required. Please pre-register online at least two days ahead of the workshop. Or, for more information and if you prefer to register off line, please contact Anna Wallis by email – aew232@cornell.edu or call 443-421-7970.

Fossil Stone Vineyards is located about 4 miles northwest of the city of Saratoga Springs, NY. Residents and visitors to the greater Saratoga Springs area anxiously await Fossil Stone Vineyard’s anticipated opening in Fall 2015.

Read more about these workshops for regional grape-growers and vintners in the Post Star.