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Danielle Brown
 
January 29, 2015 | Danielle Brown

6 New Stores Carrying Adirondack Winery Wines!

Adirondack Winery wines continue to make their way onto store shelves across New York!

  • O'Malia's Liquor Store
    • 1170 Central Ave. Lot #9, Dunkirk, NY 14048  Phone:  (716) 366-3980
  • Funky Monkey Wine & Liquor
    • 95 E Fulton St., Gloversville, NY 12078   Phone:  (518) 733-4040
  • Country Square Wine & Liquor
    • 54 Bryants Square, Greene, NY 12083  Phone:  (518) 966-8031
  • Kingsbury Wine & Liquor
    • 3736 Burgoyne Ave., Hudson Falls, NY 12839  Phone:  (518) 746-2702
  • Voorheesville Wine & Liquor
    • 5 Maple Rd., Voorheesville, NY 12186  Phone:  (518) 765-2683
  • Clark's Discount Wine & Liquor
    • 127 Sanford Farms, Amsterdam, NY 12010  Phone:  (518) 843-9463

Please visit these great stores to find out which of our wines they carry. Don't see your favorite? Don't be shy;  Just ask them to add it to their collection!

Adirondack Winery wines are now sold at more than 200 wine and liquor stores across Upstate New York. For a full list of all stores carrying our wines and to find the one nearest you, see our interactive map>>

Can't find your favorite store on the list? Email us your suggestion>>; but more importantly, ask the store manager to consider bringing in our wines - The BEST way to get our wines into new stores is for our customers to ask for them at the stores they frequent!

Thank you for loving & sharing our wines!

Danielle Brown
 
January 14, 2015 | Danielle Brown

Let us be your Valentine...

Valentine's Day is typically celebrated with cards, flowers and chocolates; a little cliché, and leaving people either loving or hating the holiday.

The history of  Valentine's Day traditions are actually not entirely clear. One of the legends is that this day of romance is celebrated in honor of Saint Valentine, a priest who served in third century Rome. He was said to be executed after Emperor Claudius II discovered he was marrying young men and women in secret ceremonies, after marriage was banned (the Emperor believed single men made better soldiers than married men).

Despite which story you may know or believe, Valentine represents a heroic and romantic character. So in honor of this long-standing tradition, let us be your Valentine this year. We'll save you from the cliché gifts (although we may indulge in a few), and have you looking like Prince (or Princess) Charming.

Our first act of heroism... VALENTINE'S DAY IS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH! Go on... Circle it on your calendar. P.S. It's the same date every year.

Phew! First crisis averted.  The best part... you have an entire month to plan!

Now, for something to do.  Did you know that Adirondack Winery is the most romantic place to be on Valentine's Day? It's true! Bring your Valentine to the Tasting Room on February 14th or 15th and we'll do most of the work for you. We will greet you with our specialty "Love Potion #9" wine cocktail and a chocolate kiss (don't worry, we'll leave the real kiss to you two lovebirds).  

Next we will welcome you to our tasting bar where you can enjoy one of our three Candy Heart Wine Tastings. Choose from our "Sweetheart," "Be Mine," or "True Love" tasting and sample a number of our wines, cheese plates and even some more chocolate! After your tasting, you can shop around and pick up a special souvenir for your Sweetheart. Purchase a bottle of our Personalized Wine online, in advance, along with your tasting package and we can have it ready for you when you arrive!

Are you more of a private Romeo? Well, this chilly winter weather is the perfect excuse to stay in and snuggle up by a fire with your Valentine. You don't even have to leave your house to stock up on your Valentine's Day wine and gifts... We'll deliver them right to your front door!

Here are a few tips to make your romantic night in more memorable than a night out at a busy restaurant:

1- Skip the Card

This year, opt for including a love note on one of our personalized bottles of wine, instead. You'll get the sentiment of a card with the enjoyment of your favorite bottle of Adirondack Winery wine (a 2-fer, if you will), and the bottle can be saved and cherished for years to come!

2 - Make Dinner Together

Choose a few special wines to incorporate into a romantic dinner for two. Toast to your love with a glass of Soaring Strawberry while you work together to make a wine infused meal. Visit our recipes section of our website for some unique and tasty dinner and dessert recipes to enjoy together.

3 - Enjoy Each Other's Company

Light the fire and turn up the romance with your Valentine and your favorite bottle of wine. A nice red, like our Cabernet Sauvignon or even a dessert wine like our Fireside Reserve make the perfect pairing for a relaxing  evening with the one you love.

Regardless of how you feel about this holiday, it's always important to take the time out to tell your special someone how much you love and appreciate them. So raise your glass to love and indulge in the traditions of having a very Happy Valentine's Day this year!

Cheers!

Sasha Pardy
 
December 29, 2014 | Sasha Pardy

Thanks for a Great Year! Let's have an Awesome 2015!

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Thanks for a great 2014! We wish you and yours nothing but the best for 2015 and can't wait to see you again!

Sincerely,

Sasha, Mike & the staff at Adirondack Winery

Danielle Brown
 
December 10, 2014 | Danielle Brown

12 Days of Recipes!

Typically around this time of year I give you my list of favorite things for the holidays. With the launch of our new brand, new logo and new labels, it is just too difficult to choose this year... I love it all!

This year, I have decided to switch it up a bit. With the holidays, comes endless parties, family gatherings  and impromptu get-togethers with friends. It is not always easy to come up with new and festive dishes to serve your guests, so this year I am giving you the 12 Days of Recipes!

For the next 12 days, I will reveal one of my favorite wine-infused holiday recipes each day! From appetizers and wine cocktails to entrees & desserts, this  list is sure to impress all of your guests this holiday season.

Be sure to check back here each day for a new recipe!

 

Day 1 - Red Wine Truffles

You can't go wrong with chocolate & wine, so why not put them together for the perfect dessert!

Click here to view the full recipe >

Day 2 - Gewürztraminer Shrimp with Garlic & Parsley

This spicy, but simple wine-infused shrimp appetizer will start your party off on right!

Click here to view the full recipe >

Day 3 - Cranberry Sangria

A splash of cranberry, a little bit of cinnamon & fresh fruit added to your favorite Adirondack Winery red, makes for the perfect signature holiday cocktail. Click here for the full recipe >

Day 4 - Semi-Dry Riesling Peach Glazed Ham

This is not your mother's Christmas ham. This sweet and savory entree incorporates our newest wine and has earned the right to be the main attraction at your Christmas dinner.

Click here for the full recipe >

Day 5 - White Wine & Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies

These white wine & brown sugar cookies are a sweet holiday treat & also easy to customize to your own, personal taste! Use your favorite dry or sweet white wine as well as any fruit jam or Jelly of your choosing!

Click here for the full recipe >

Day 6 - Garlic Mushrooms with Red Wine Sauce

A little bit of red wine, a splash of olive oil & lemon juice and you have a delicious, new spin on marinated mushrooms!

Click here for the full recipe >

Day 7 - Hot Spiced Drunken Apple Cider

I think we all know that during the holidays, sometimes apple cider just doesn't cut it! Take it up a notch and try this cider cocktail recipe that includes our Chardonnay and a little bit of spice!

Click here for the full recipe >

Day 8 - Grilled Vegetable Pasta with White Wine & Parmesan

A pasta dish is almost always a safe bet when you are not entirely sure of your guests' food preferences. Your vegetarian friends will appreciate your consideration and your meat-loving friends will forgive you because there's wine in this recipe!  Click here for the full recipe >

Day 9 - Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes

You read it correctly... Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes... Need I say more?

Click here for the full recipe >

Day 10 - Cranberry Pinot Noir Meatballs

Sweet and savory, these Cranberry Pinot Noir Meatballs can be served as an appetizer or part of the main course... but they're so good, you should probably just make enough for both!

Click here for the full recipe >

Day 11 - Mulled Red Wine

Combine your favorite dry red wine with some mulling spice & this recipe will warm you right up this holiday season.

Click here for the full recipe.

Day 12 - Chicken baked with Pinot Grigio, Garlic & Herbs

This recipe puts a spin on your traditional Rosemary Chicken and is an easy main course to center your meal around.

Click here for the full recipe.

Danielle Brown
 
December 3, 2014 | Danielle Brown

4 New Stores Carrying Adirondack Winery Wines!

Adirondack Winery wines continue to make their way onto store shelves across New York!

  • Trenton Station Liquors & Wines  
    • 8231 State Route 12, Barneveld, NY, 13304  Phone: 315-896-4444  
  • De Mi's
    • 52 54 E Main St., Johnstown, NY, 12095  Phone: 518-762-7572    
  • Nazzitto's Wine & Liquors  
    • 5631 St Highway 12, Norwich, NY, 13815  Phone: 607-334-3333  
  • Mohan's Fine Wine & Liquor
    • 689 Glen St., Glens Falls, NY, 12801  Phone: 518-792-0653

Please visit these great stores to find out which of our wines they carry. Don't see your favorite? Don't be shy;  Just ask them to add it to their collection!

Adirondack Winery wines are now sold at more than 150 wine and liquor stores across Upstate New York. For a full list of all stores carrying our wines and to find the one nearest you, see our interactive map>>

Can't find your favorite store on the list? Email us your suggestion>>; but more importantly, ask the store manager to consider bringing in our wines - The BEST way to get our wines into new stores is for our customers to ask for them at the stores they frequent!

Thank you for loving & sharing our wines!

Sasha Pardy
 
December 1, 2014 | Sasha Pardy

Adirondack Winery Debuts New Branding & Website

Adirondack Winery Re-Introduces Itself: New Logo, New Branding, New Wine Labels & New Website!

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (December 2, 2014): >Adirondack Winery is pleased to announce the debut of a project nearly a year in the making. The original winery of the Adirondacks has launched a brand new look that includes a new logo, new branding, new wine labels, and new website.

FORMER LOGO

Adirondack Winery Original Logo Circa 2008Adirondack Winery launched in 2008 with a logo it had chosen from a student graphic design submission contest. “While our original logo has served us well, over the past couple years I had developed a feeling that we needed a logo that would better communicate what we are all about; better encompass the feeling of Lake George, the Adirondacks, and the role our winery plays in this community,” said Sasha Pardy, Adirondack Winery President.

NEW LOGO

In early 2014, after reviewing many branding firm proposals, Adirondack Winery commissioned award-winning packaging design firm, A3 Design, based out of Rochester, NY, to help develop the company’s new brand image.

Adirondack Winery 2014 LogoThe carefully crafted new logo features the iconic Adirondack Chair, flanked by a bottle and glass of wine and the words “at Lake George”, placed above the Adirondack Winery name spelled out by a special grapevine artwork font, hand-created by A3.

Pardy said, “I think our new logo truly represents what we're all about. It says, "Pull up an Adirondack Chair, pour a glass of Adirondack Winery wine and relax while you take in the beauty of the Adirondacks.”

FORMER WINE LABELS

Adirondack Winery Best Sellers Former LabelAdirondack Winery’s wine labels have always been its trademark, differentiating it from other wineries. Photographs of the gorgeous landscapes and landmarks of the greater Lake George region, taken by Ms. Pardy, have adorned the winery’s bottles, in a full-wrap label style, since their opening in 2008. Because of these photographic labels, Adirondack Winery’s wine bottles have long been cherished by customers as keepsakes, lasting memories of their visits to Lake George, with many customers collecting empty bottles to display the beauty of the Adirondacks that they love.

NEW WINE LABELS

“I could not express enough to A3 Design how important it was that we maintain Adirondack landscapes and landmarks in redesigning our new wine labels. At the same time, I wanted to create a more consistent look, find more striking professional photographs to feature, and create a look that more clearly evoked a classic relaxed, but modern Adirondack feel,” said Ms. Pardy.

Adirondack Winery Blue Twilight Front Back LabelThe new wine labels feature a special die cut, outlining the Adirondack Mountains, fading into an artwork version of professional photography of Lake George and the Adirondack region. A special image and coordinating name was chosen for each wine. “We could not be happier with our new label design. It clearly evokes the nostalgia of the Adirondacks all wrapped up in a classy package,” said Ms. Pardy.

Other changes include a classic front-and-back label, a heavy stock paper, a foil logo on its varietal wine labels, a special fruit seal to signify its trademark fruit-infused wines, and scale to indicate the wine’s level of sweetness. 

Adirondack Winery First Bottles Labeled with New Label“Now that our wines are available at more than 150 wine stores across Upstate New York, as well as sold at wine festivals and fairs throughout the state, our brand is being presented daily to hundreds of thousands of people who may have never visited our Tasting Room, or even Lake George, before. For this reason, we wanted to make sure that our brand represents the beauty and relaxed feel of the Adirondacks everywhere it is seen. I am confident our new look delivers on this,” said Michael Pardy, CEO and Wine-Maker.

VIEW FULL GALLERY OF NEW WINE BOTTLE LABELS>>

 

NEW WEBSITE

Adirondack Winery New Website ScreenshotAdirondack Winery’s new branding was first debuted on a new website, launched simultaneously. Built upon a platform from Vin65.com (a winery-specific ecommerce provider), Ms. Pardy designed and built the website nearly from scratch.  “There was no question that we had to deliver a new and improved website to go along with our new look. In this technological day and age, our site has to function seamlessly from website to store, as well as be responsive on mobile devices, and offer social sharing functionality throughout; now we have that,” she said.

BRANDING TRANSITION

Adirondack Winery will slowly transition in its new branding during 2015 – including everything from its wine labels to its paint colors and sign at its Tasting Room, logo merchandise, brochures, marketing materials and more.

Contact: Sasha Pardy, President & Co-Owner

(518) 668-9493 x10 / Email>>

Time Posted: Dec 1, 2014 at 9:05 AM
Sasha Pardy
 
November 21, 2014 | Sasha Pardy

Our New & Improved Brand is Here!

The day has finally arrived....

As I sit here writing this, I am putting the finishing touches on our brand new website, and I can't help but sit back and admire the finished product of our hard work and the growth that has taken place, not only over the last few months, but the last 7 years.

For the past several months, we have been working very closely with award-winning packaging design firm, A3 Design to develop an updated brand image for Adirondack Winery that includes a new logo, wine labels and website. To do this we had to ask ourselves, "Who are we?..." "Who are our customers?" and "What does Adirondack Winery mean to people?".

The answer is, we are Adirondack Winery; A family-run business that produces locally-handcrafted, award-winning wines in the heart of Lake George Village, in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. Whether our customers come from down the street or across the country, they enjoy our wines while spending time with family and friends; We are not just a stop along the way, we are a part of their story; a part of their memories.

Our new brand truly represents who we are and what we're all about. It says, "Pull up an Adirondack Chair, pour yourself a glass of Adirondack Winery wine and take in the beauty of Lake George."

So, without further ado, I am proud to present to you for the very first time, our NEW & IMPROVED Adirondack Winery Brand!

Logo

Our new logo features the iconic Adirondack Chair above our name; You will notice that the Adirondack Chair is now a reoccurring theme across many of our new labels. A3 Design also created beautiful grapevine artwork that spells out Adirondack Winery.

Here are a few other versions of our logo you may see on wine menus, marketing materials or correspondence you may receive from us.

Labels

Adirondack Winery Newest Labeled Bottles on Barrel with Fruit

Our labels were always more than just  wine labels. They were created to provide lasting memories and keepsakes to the people who crossed our path and enjoyed our wines. Our former labels featured photographs of the Adirondacks and Lake George landmarks.  People connected to these photographs because they brought back memories and reminded them of special moments in their lives.

This was a very important element to maintain while re-inventing the look of our labels.  We needed to somehow, create a unified look, while incorporating all different images, and we have done just that.

While some of our photographs have changed, we have kept the imagery of the Adirondacks on our labels. Our cream-colored labels now feature painted images of Adirondack  landmarks and scenery that ignite a sense of nostalgia and whimsy.

Click on the image of the bottles to see it larger.

Meet Soaring Strawberry

Actually, there is no need for an introduction; You have already met!

Our Soaring Strawberry is our BEST-SELLING wine, formally known as STRAWSLING.

Even if this wine isn't your personal favorite (which is hard to believe), you have most likely heard the name Strawsling before. By far our most popular wine, it has soared (if you will), above all other wines for years now, so it was only fitting that we gave it a new name to match its beautiful new label featuring the famous Adirondack Balloon Festival Strawberry Balloon.

The Transition

While our website gives you a sneak peak of all of our new labels, it will take some time before you start seeing them on our shelves and in your  shipments.  If you ask me, it's a good time to stock up and drink up!  You can get your piece of Adirondack Winery history  by purchasing the last bottles featuring our former labels... and the faster we get through them, the faster you will see our brand NEW labels on the shelves!

Our Semi Dry Riesling is the first of 3 new Rieslings we will be releasing and the first wine to feature our new label design!  We have sourced the grapes from the Lake Ontario region and produced a very easy-drinking wine that offers aromas of apricot, tones of green apple and a well-balanced, soft acidity.

Over the next few months you'll start to see our brand transition really come together; Our new logo and labels will be popping up online, on liquor store shelves, and on your friends' and families' wine racks!

We are so grateful to all of you for sticking with us all these years and celebrating each of our milestones with us. We are so proud of the journey and the hard work that has lead us to this point and this change is as much for you as it is for us. We appreciate your patience as we complete this transition and we hope that you love the look of our new brand as much as we do!

Sasha Pardy
 
November 1, 2014 | Sasha Pardy

Drink for a Cure Fundraising Effort was a BIG Success!

Adirondack Winery is proud to report that our "Drink for a Cure" fundraising efforts were a massive success!

Our customers, friends, family and employees came together to raise a whopping $2,924; which was donated to the Warren County Chapter of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, an American Cancer Society charity.

For most of September and throughout October, Adirondack Winery sold its limited edition "Drink for a Cure"  Mellow Blush wine ($4 per bottle was donated), plus Drink for a Cure and Fight Like a Girl T-shirts, held a fun 2-day fundraising event including several raffle prizes donated by local businesses, and topped it off by walking in the Making Strides Walk in Queensbury on October 26th!

Adirondack Winery proudly ranked as the #2 Top Fundraising Team for the Warren County Chapter!

Adirondack Winery Drink for a Cure

A special thanks to the following local businesses who helped to support the cause:

Adirondack Brewery, Adirondack Ballet Theatre, Lake George Community Band, Country Inn & Suites, Top of the World Golf, Lake George Olive Oil Company, Love is on Lake George, Lake George Steamboat Company, and Pizza Jerks.

 

We had a lot of fun at our "Drink for a Cure" Event at our Lake George Tasting Room!

Here's some pics:

Sasha Pardy
 
October 31, 2014 | Sasha Pardy

9 Wine Stores Started Carrying our Wines in October!

Adirondack Winery is pleased to announce that 9 stores began carrying our wines in October:

Please visit these stores to find out which of our wines they are carrying - if they don't have your favorite, ask them to add it!

Adirondack Winery wines are now sold at more than 150 wine and liquor stores across Upstate New York. 

For a list of all stores carrying our wines, see our interactive map>>

Don't see your favorite store on the list? Email us your suggestion>>; but more importantly, ask the store manager to bring our wines in - customer's requesting our wines at the stores they frequent is the BEST way we get into stores!

Thanks for loving & sharing our wines!

*Sasha

Danielle Brown
 
October 29, 2014 | Danielle Brown

Wine for Thought: The Ultimate Wine Tasting Cheat Sheet

Adirondack Winery Six Ss of Wine TastingWhether you are new to wine or a seasoned vet, we have some tips and tricks to getting the most out of your wine tasting experience.

Here are the Six S's of Wine Tasting:

See

Take a close look at the wine in your glass; There is more to the color than you might think! White wines can range in color from clear to shades of yellow or a golden, honey color. A more honey-colored wine typically tells you that it may have been aged longer and could have spent some time in an oak barrel. Reds can range from red to purple and even a garnet or brick-colored red. Again, color can often indicate a wines age; and since it's not polite to ask one's age, you can assume that a darker or more "brick-colored" red has been aged a bit longer than one that is more of a bright red or purple.

Swirl

This one is simple... Swirling your glass will help to release the aromas of the wine, making the next "S" much more effective!

Sniff

Our sense of smell plays a major role in how something tastes. Don't be shy... Get your nose in there and take a nice deep breath! Some aromas you may pick up on? Red Wines: Dark berries (blackberry, raspberry, cherry, plum), chocolate, nuts.. even tobacco! White Wines: Apples, pears, apricots, citrus, tropical fruits, honey, herbs & even flowers!

Sip

Another no-brainer! Tip that glass back & take a nice big sip... But, WAIT!

Swish

Before you swallow that delicious sip of wine.. take a minute to swish it around in your mouth & experience all of the wine's characteristics.

Savor

Good wine is meant to be savored. Taking your time and savoring each sip will allow you to really take in the complexity of the wine. A few more characteristics you may notice while savoring your wine: Acidity - White wines are typically more acidic than red wines. The acidity balances out the sweetness of a wine and gives it a crispness. Tannins - Tannins are what give you that drying feeling on your tongue (very similar to what you experience when drinking a cup of coffee or tea). This bitter taste comes from the grape skins and seeds and is often more obvious in red wines.

I'm going to add 1 last "S" for good luck...

Storage

When it comes to wine storage, play it cool. Wine is best stored at a temperature of around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and should be kept out of direct sunlight. UV rays will prematurely age your wine. Storing your wine on its side (wine racks are making so much more sense now), will keep the cork from drying out and allowing oxygen in. Now that you've got your handy-dandy cheat sheet, you're ready for a trip to Adirondack Winery! With the Six S's of Wine Tasting, you may just find a new favorite wine!

Cheers!