…and with a new look! Different outside, same great inside!
March 31, 2013: Georgia Winery, a renowned name when it comes to flavored wines and farm wine making, today unveiled the expansion plans for near future. The company is all set to double the production capacity and is working on making their bestsellers available on wine shops in different states including Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. A representative of the company said, “Soon you would be able to find sweet southern wines at a wine shop near you. The distribution plans for the year 2013 includes Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.” He further added, “We have also doubled our production capacity from 12,000 cases per year to 25,000 cases. It is fermenting in the tanks now and would be ready by the end of this summer.”
According to the sources, the company has also changed their logo and introduced a new label design the previous year as a part of the expansion plans. Experts view it as a way to appeal to the new market of wine shop consumers. The company would be distributing top sellers including Concord, Tail Gate Red, Blackberry, Georgia on My Mind and Strawberry to name a few. Speaking on the occasion, Tara Taymore from Georgia Winery said, “We are exited to get our sweet juicy wines to the wine shops, providing a fresh taste in the wine world. The flavours appeal to everyone, not just wine lovers.”
Georgia Winery started operations in the year 1983 and has seen a steady rise in demand over the last two decades. The third generation leadership is working to get the product into the hands of more consumers by opting for new channels.
About Georgia Winery
Georgia Winery was founded by Dr. Maurice Rawlings, a cardiologist over three decades ago. His daughter, Patty, now owns the winery along with her two children Tara Taymore and Adrian Prouty. The winery is the first one in the state of Georgia.
The Georgia Winery is starting off the new year with a fresh new look! An updated logo and new label designs are what you can be sure to find when visiting the winery this year.
The new logo was designed to tie the state of Georgia and the Winery together to create an elegant representation of the Georgia Winery. A star in the upper left corner represents Ringgold and the “I” in winery was replaced with the silhouette of a wine bottle. This logo makes a clearer connection between the company and the product.
The placement of the logo on the labels is also a new addition. The new logo is centered at the top of the label and stays consistent throughout each label design. This allows the customer to first see where the wine is from and then see what type of wine it is. The “Sweet Southern Wine” logo stamp is another addition to all of the Georgia Winery’s sweet wine. This logo is located in the bottom right corner of all their sweet wines, to indicate that the wine is “Sweet Southern Wine Certified”.
When speaking with the managers of the Georgia Winery, Tara and Jesse Taymore, they explained why it was time for an update. Tara stated, “The Georgia Winery has not updated its logo or product labels since opening the winery in 1983. With plans to distribute on the horizon, the Georgia Winery made updates to the product labels to reflect what was on the inside of the bottle: sweet, fruity wines that explode with flavor. With the uniqueness of our wines, which are made from Native American grapes as opposed to many other wines made from vinifera grapes, we wanted a label that would match the unparalleled taste that so many customers have come to love. A unique product calls for a unique label and we wanted to showcase our Sweet Southern style in a bold way.”
In 1880, Georgia was the sixth largest wine making state in the nation, but the wine industry died a quick death in 1907 when the state voted in favor of Prohibition. When Georgia’s farm winery bi-law passed in 1983, the Georgia Winery was created. Today, Georgia, the wine gem of the south, is the United States’ top Muscadine producer. The Muscadine is the premiere fruit of the south and is nature’s richest source of antioxidants.
“The Georgia Winery is the oldest farm winery in the state of Georgia”, said Jesse. “The new logos and labels represent part of the growth that the winery has experienced from past to present! We are no longer just a farm winery. We are planning to continue to expand into the premier winery of the south!”
The next time you are in the North Georgia area, stop by the Georgia Winery for a charming southern experience. Come taste the difference of Muscadine and enjoy a piece of Georgia heritage with SWEET SOUTHERN WINE.
ABOUT GEORGIA WINERY
Founded in 1983, Georgia Winery is Georgia’s very first Farm Winery. Specializing in Muscadine Wine, Georgia Winery has perfected its process in producing wines that taste just like “eating the fruit straight off the vine.” Georgia Winery has competed in numerous wine competitions, competing with various wines from all over the world and taking home over 300 medals including “Best in Class”, “Double Gold”, “Best of Show”, and “Concordance Gold”. Stop by our Winery and taste our award-winning wines and browse through our gift shop. Regular hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. Tours are held on Saturdays at 2 and 4 o’clock. Reservations are recommended.
For more information call (706) 937- 9463 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year the Georgia Winery intends to raise the bar on wine making and this year they did just that. At the Mid-Atlantic Competition, which had 535 wines entered, 6 of the Georgia Winery’s wines were entered and 6 received medals. Piña Colada, from the sweet/other category, and Tennessee Tangerine, from the blends category, both took home a gold medal. Both of these wines are first time winners! Piña Colada is a delicious mixture of muscadine grapes and natural coconut flavoring. Tennessee Tangerine is made up of muscadine grapes and natural tangerine flavoring. Southern Blooms from the blend category and Lemon Drop from the other category, both took home silver medals. Southern Blooms is a mixture of peach, chardonel, muscadine, vignoles and niagara grapes. Lemon Drop is a mixture of muscadine grape and natural lemon flavoring. Battlefield 150, from the semi-sweet category and Tailgate Red, from the sweet/other category, proudly received bronze medals. This was Battlefield 150’s first time receiving a medal.
The Georgia Winery was successful in the Wines of the South Competition as well. This competition is an annual regional competition created to celebrate the great
taste of southern wines. Fifty wineries and 392 wines from 14 southern states were evaluated in a blind flighted tasting by professional judges in classes within six different categories: Red, White, Blush, Dessert/Fruit, Sparkling, and Tennessee fruit. Made with 100% Muscadine grapes, Muscadine Gold received a silver medal. Chattanooga Blush and Piña Colada both took home bronze medals.
After the long awaited reveal for one of the most requested wines, Strawberry wine
has arrived at the Georgia Winery! Strawberry was a definite crowd pleaser at the winery’s Ladies Night Out, on Oct. 26th, where it was debuted. Great by itself or
mixed as a delicious strawberry daiquiri wine slushy, this wine is sure to be a hit for
years to come. Guests are welcome to come into the winery for a complimentary
The Georgia Winery offers over 30 varieties of outstanding wines. Strawberry wine
is the perfect addition to their accomplished portfolio. Made of 100% Strawberries,
this wine is like summer in a bottle. Splashes of mouth-watering sweet berry
sensations burst throughout every sip; making Strawberry a smooth and sweet treat
for any occasion. This wine will be available all year round and is now available for
We entered the premises this morning to the sound of clanking bottles in the back warehouse. The winemaking team was hard at work corking, capping, and labeling the newest seasonal wine. As a brand new batch allows us, we were greeted at our desks with a sample of this wonderfully blended concoction by the winemaker himself.
This wine is not only new to you, but new to us as well. This seasonal makes its mark of distinction by tastefully combining 5 different grape varietals –by far the largest blend of grapes in Georgia Winery’s history.
Hence, the beautifully labeled, and deliciously concocted, Southern Blooms. Set forth as a seasonal wine, this fruity blend of Peach, Vignoles, Gewurztraminer, Chardonel, and Niagara is here to represent new growth during spring and a prosperous and successful harvesting season.
As many of you may remember, earlier this year we signed for a license and agreed to a partnership with Rock City Gardens. Southern Blooms is the second edition to the line of Rock City’s wines, following Shamrock City which was our seasonal green wine released for St. Patrick’s Day at Rock City’s Shamrock City Festival.
Don’t fret, there are several more wines coming your way this year. To keep the anticipation high, I will leave the number anonymous. However, you can expect another brand new wine by July!
Southern Blooms will make its grand appearance during Spring Wine Fest – a.k.a. our LARGEST sale of the year. Stop by Mother’s Day Weekend and receive 25% off case purchases, gift shop items, and winery tours. Wine Club members, enjoy 25% off bottle purchases in addition to the case purchase, gift shop and tour sale.
Pick up this brand new wine available for sale and sampling on May 1st!
Muscadine Gold is a sweet white wine made exclusively from organically-grown Muscadines. With a light apricot and honey nose and a fruity, fresh flavour, this wine pairs with a number of dishes exceptionally well, especially recipes featuring salty meats and tropical fruits.
Name: Apricot-Glazed Smoked Ham
Prominent Flavours: Ham, apricot, cloves, mustard
APRICOT-GLAZED SMOKED HAM
From Woman’s Day
1 ready-to-cook bone-in smoked ham half (8- to 10-lb), preferably shank end
3 cup(s) water
1 jar(s) (12-oz) apricot preserves (1 cup)
1/4 cup(s) light brown sugar
2 tablespoon(s) grainy Dijon mustard (we used Maille)
1 tablespoon(s) cider vinegar
- Position oven rack in bottom third of oven; heat to 325°F. You’ll need a shallow roasting pan.
- Cut off thick rind on ham to expose the fat layer underneath, leaving about 5 inches of the rind intact covering the narrow shank end. Using sharp knife, score fat in diamond pattern. Press 1 clove into center of each diamond. Place ham in roasting pan; pour water in pan. Cover loosely with heavy-duty foil. Roast ham 1 1/2 hours.
- Meanwhile, mix Glaze ingredients. Remove ham from oven; brush with one-third of the glaze. Continue to bake, uncovered, 1 hour, brushing with remaining glaze every 20 minutes, or until internal temperature registers 160°F on an instant-read thermometer.
- Let ham rest 20 minutes. Transfer to platter. Serve ham hot, warm, or at room temperature.
Muscadine Gold is a sweet white wine with a fruit-forward flavour reminiscent of fresh grapes, which is an ideal choice for salty pork dishes as the salinity of the meat enhances the fruitiness of wines, bringing a validity to the prominent sweetness of Muscadine gold. Though tradition in wine and food pairing dictates a full bodied, tannin-heavy red is typically served with red meats to break down the marbling, with salty dishes, however, tannins can quickly turn astringent. To prevent an inappropriately unpalatable chemical reaction during your meal, serve salty or brined meats with either a semi-sweet or sweet white wine with low acidity.
Muscadine Gold’s honeyed apricot nose compliments this particular dish’s sweet apricot glaze. It also enhances the natural sweetness of the ham, which can, at times, be hidden under a salt-heavy curing (found in “country ham” or traditional cuts like bacon or prosciutto). The smokiness of the ham also does exceptionally well with fruity and floral wines like Muscadine Gold, because smoke flavour is savoury without aligning overly with sour or bitter, appealing to the sweet and salty tastes in the dish.
Tara Bella is a dry, white Muscadine wine with a leafy nose and crisp, acidic flavour. Natural and earthy with just a hint of sweetness, this wine pairs well with dishes in need of crisp, vegetal flavours and an unimposing nose, like salty or heavily spiced meats and briny, pickled foods.
Name: Corned Beef and Cabbage
Region: Irish, Irish-American
Prominent Flavours: Spiced, beef, salty, cabbage, caramelized, vinegar
CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE
From The Food Network
One 3-pound corned beef brisket (uncooked), in brine
16 cups cold water
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons black peppercorns
4 whole allspice berries
2 whole cloves
1/2 large head green cabbage (about 2 pounds), cut into 8 thick wedges
8 small new potatoes (about 1 1/4 pounds), halved
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
- Place the corned beef in a colander in the sink and rinse well under cold running water.
- Place the corned beef in a large Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid, add the water, bay leaves, peppercorns, allspice and cloves. Bring to a boil, uncovered, and skim off any scum that rises to the surface. Cover and transfer pan to the oven, and braise until very tender, about 3 hours and 45 minutes.
- Transfer the corned beef to a cutting board and cover tightly with foil to keep warm. Add the cabbage and potatoes to the cooking liquid and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cabbage to a large platter. Slice the corned beef across the grain of the meat into thin slices. Lay the slices over the cabbage and surround it with the potatoes. Ladle some of the hot cooking liquid over the corned beef and season with pepper. Serve immediately with mustard or horseradish sauce.
The classic Irish dish of Corned Beef and Cabbage is consumed traditionally across the United States every year on Saint Patrick’s Day, usually with copious amounts of green beer and bad decisions. This St. Paddy’s, however, why not class it up a bit with a glass of white wine?
It can be difficult to pair wine with a dish as heavily spiced and salted as corned beef. Most would assume a tannic red to be the standard accompaniment to beef, but in this meal the seasonings, rather than the meat, outweigh the rest of the dish in terms of prominence, thereby necessitating a pairing which keeps in mind the heady spices and saliferous flavour of the corned beef as well as the pungency of the cooked cabbage.
You would do best to select a wine with a crisp acidity to balance the warmth of the meat, but without citrus notes, as they will react tinnily with salt and spice. Tara Bella has characteristics of a classic Sauvignon Blanc, which will pair beautifully with both corned beef and the accompanying cabbage. The wine also possesses a leafy quality from the earthiness of the Muscadine which helps to flesh out the gutty nature of the dish. Tara Bella with Corned Beef and Cabbage is a top pairing, and a mature alternative to green beer.
Georgia Winery and Rock City Gardens Announce Partnership!
Last year, Rock City sold Georgia Wines at the Summer Music Weekends event in order to support a local winery. Sales went extremely well, which led to the two teams affiliating a partnership. Georgia Winery received its official Rock City licensing on January 7th, 2012 which will enable selling and tasting of Georgia Wines on Rock City premises.
Plans are in the works to launch three new wines for Rock City special events this year as well as a Rock City Red in honor of Chattanooga’s elite tourist destination. Shamrock City is the first of these specialty wines which will be released at Rock City’s Shamrock City Festival. This green wine is available for sale and tasting at Georgia Winery’s main location and will be available at Rock City’s special event on March 17th and 18th.
Other wines are in the works for Rock City special events including Rocktoberfest and Southern Blooms Festival. All new wines will be distributed at Rock City as well as the winery’s main location with a specialty label.
“We are thrilled to be working with such a wonderful and well established team. Rock City has been a staple tourist destination for the past 80 years,” said the winery’s general manager Jesse Taymore. “We are honored to be able to work alongside Rock City and serve tourists from all over the world.”
Rock City Gardens strives to serve as a leading cultural entertainment innovator. By partnering with local artisans, along with the growing festival and event calendar at the attraction, Rock City provides high level quality and variety to the hundreds of thousands of guests annually. Rock City is one of the South’s most popular natural attractions. Known for its unique geological and botanical wonders, the enchanted, 4,100-foot walking trail is a true marvel of nature featuring massive ancient rock formations, a 140-foot waterfall that cascades down Lookout Mountain and the Swing-A-Long Bridge that spans nearly 200 feet. Visit www.seerockcity.com for more info.