DrinkLocalWine is holding its fifth annual Regional Wine Week now through Friday, shining a spotlight on wine from states not named California, Washington or Oregon!
During wine week, writers from across the United States are asked to post stories to their blogs, Web sites, magazines, and newspapers about their favorite regional and local wines, wineries and events.
So, while I’m working on an all new post about New Jersey wines (scheduled for later this week), please enjoy a look back at some of the South Jersey wine stories I’ve covered over the last year:
Sharrott Winery, September 2011
When people think of wine producing regions, they don’t typically think of New Jersey. In fact, when I have suggested New Jersey wines to family and friends, I’ve heard a few giggles and seen their looks of disbelief. Even people who live here aren’t aware of the thriving wine industry all around us! The Outer Coastal Plain…[read more]
Thanksgiving Wine Pairings, November 2011
I don’t know about you, but I like to plan my Thanksgiving menu several weeks in advance. I spend my time testing new recipes and making sure I have all the tools needed to make my meal a success. For the past few weekends, my husband and I have been visiting South Jersey wineries to…[read more]
Bellview Winery, December 2011
With New Year’s Eve fast approaching, I would be remiss if I didn’t showcase some great New Jersey wine for your holiday celebration. Luckily, my husband and I recently had such a great experience at Bellview Winery in Landisville that I just had to share it with you. A few weeks ago, I bought…[read more]
A Sneak Peek of The Judgement of Rittenhouse: New Jersey vs. France, March 2012
On Thursday, March 1st, I was honored to take part in this historic event. Hosted by The Wine School of Philadelphia and documented by NPR’s Jen Howard, The Judgement of Rittenhouse brought four wine tasters together to see just how far New Jersey wines have come. Two professional tasters from the wine school, a blogger (that’s me), and a journalist completed a series of blind tastings to decide which wines…[read more]
Dandelion Wine: A South Jersey Tradition, April 2012
I don’t usually link and run, but I’m so pleased with this article over at Jersey Bites, that I wanted to share Please check out my interview with Bellview Winery owner Jim Quarella as he discusses making Dandelion Wine, how Bellview started, and what the future holds for winemaking in New Jersey. Bellview Winery’s Dandelion…[read more]
11 Secrets To Surviving Your First Wine Festival, May 2012
Last weekend I attended my very first wine festival. I know, it’s hard to believe, but it’s true! I’ve been to wineries (see here and here), done countless tastings, and I’ve even participated in The Judgement of Rittenhouse. But I’ve never been to a wine festival with multiple wineries in attendance. Until now…[read more]
South Jersey Wines in Red, White and Blue, July 2012
The recent showdown between New Jersey wines and their French counterparts at The Judgement of Princeton puts to rest the notion that “nothing good can come from New Jersey.” Our local wines scored a statistical tie with French wines that cost much, much more.
I could stand here and say, “I told you so.” But that would be gloating…[read more]
Jessie Creek Winery in Cape May Courthouse, July 2012
Jessie Creek Winery, on Route 47 in Cape May Court House, is New Jersey’s newest winery. According to co-owner Bruce Morrison, Jessie Creek was scheduled to open over a year ago, but their application got caught up in the New Jersey Wine Shipping Bill mess, so they were forced to wait until April 2012 to sell their wines.
But don’t worry, Jessie Creek wines are worth the wait! Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay…[read more]
Tasting New Jersey’s Apple Wines, September 2012
Apple Week just wouldn’t be complete without a taste of New Jersey’s finest apple wines! Here’s a look at the best from wineries across the Garden State: Alba Vineyard Forbidden – $17.99. Forbidden is a one-of-a-kind dessert wine made entirely from the sweetest late harvest apples grown in Tewksbury, New Jersey. Sinfully lush and exceptionally fragrant, this…[read more]
Harvest Time for New Jersey’s Wineries, October 2012
As Fall approaches, winery owners turn to the task of harvesting their grapes, and they wonder, “Will this be a good year?” According to Kate Quarella of Bellview Winery in Landisville, “Farming is a risky business. You throw yourself at the mercy of weather patterns, bugs and global warming.”
Quarella adds, “Vintages are a direct result of the weather for the year, and it isn’t just temperature or rain fall that can affect a crop…[read more]