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.

Camp Good Days benefitThe Upper Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association (“UHVWGA”) is pleased to announce that six of its member wineries were awarded medals at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (“FLIWC”), which was held March 22-23 in Rochester, NY to benefit Camp Good Days. UHVWGA members’ hand crafted wines exhibit proven quality, as their wines were evaluated by a prestigious group of 73 judges standing alongside 3,700 other wines entered from 27 countries. The wineries earned two Double Gold, 27 Silver and 12 Bronze medals at the competition.

“This competition once again reinforces the world class status of wines from New York, not just Riesling that rivals the best from anywhere, but wines of many types and styles. Dry whites and reds, sparkling wines and dessert wines all took home high medals for us, which is a testament to our winegrowing and winemaking teams, as well as the rising quality of local wines in general,” said Dave Peterson, President of Swedish Hill Winery, of the wines entered by Wine Trail members.

Swedish Hill Winery, which has a Tasting Room in Saratoga Springs and vineyards in the Finger Lakes, boasts the win of a Double Gold medal for its 2013 Riesling, as well as twelve Silver and three Bronze medals for its other wines. Swedish Hill, which opened in 1985 and is one of the largest New York State wineries, has consistently won over 50 Gold medals per year for the last several years.

Thirsty Owl Wine Company, a Cayuga Lake-based winery with a Tasting Room and Bistro in Saratoga Springs, took home a Double Gold medal for its unique Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine, 2013 Vintage. The winery also snagged five Silver and six Bronze medals at the competition.

Amorici Vineyard was awarded with three Silver medals for its unique Apple Honey wine, as well as its Chardonnay and Marquette wines. Located in Valley Falls, Amorici grows four varieties of cold, hearty grapes – Aromella, Kay Gray, Frontenac and Marquette – and sources additional grapes from the Finger Lakes and Long Island regions.

Victory View Vineyard won Silver medals at FLIWC for its “Lafayette” (Marachel Foch) and “Turning Point” (Marquette), both dry red wines, made from grapes grown at their vineyard in North Easton, Washington County. The farm winery also took home a Bronze medal for its “Fieldstone” (La Crosse) white wine. “Mary and I appreciate the recognition of our wines. We remain committed to growing all our own northern grapes and striving to produce distinctive local wines,” said Gerry Barnhart, co-owner of Victory View Vineyard.

Halfmoon Cellars, which operates a Tasting Room in Saratoga Springs, won Silver medals for its Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon wines at the competition. Owners John Reyes and Alison Bauder source grapes grown by a family vineyard that has been in the wine business for almost 100 years and hand-craft their wines locally.

Adirondack Winery of Lake George won a Silver medal for its 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling and a Bronze medal for its 2013 Syrah, for both wines, the grapes are harvested in the Lake Ontario region. “We are proud to report that with this news, we have accumulated 112 medals for our wines to date; very timely as our 7th Anniversary falls on April 17th,” said Adirondack Winery President, Sasha Pardy.

Ledge Rock Hill Winery & Vineyard of Corinth earned a Silver medal for its Malbec at the competition. “We are proud to add this recognition to our heritage in continuously producing award winning wines. We craft our wines from grapes sourced from a select number of partner vineyards in addition to those we grow on premises. Ledge Rock Hill has the distinction of being the first winery to release a wine made from northern grapes grown in the Adirondack Park,” said Owner, Gary Akrop.

Founded by the not-for-profit Upper Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association and launched in 2013, the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail brings together the family-owned wineries of New York’s Warren, Saratoga and Washington Counties. Stretching from Lake George to Saratoga Springs and Easton, NY, the 14 members of the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail include farm vineyards, locally-owned wineries and tasting rooms, and satellite tasting rooms of two Finger Lakes’ wineries. The members of the Upper Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association are continually working to increase public awareness and support of the local wine & grape industry. The Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail is currently working with the NYS legislature and the Department of Transportation to officially designate the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail under the program administered by the New York Department of Transportation. Visit their website or facebook page for more information.