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How cool is wine run by women? Total gender bias here, but I like supporting and empowering women and I like wine. I recently had the opportunity to try STLTO wines. Apparently, this company is run entirely by women and the brand is geared towards ladies. The letters on the label are intended to celebrate female qualities. The abbreviation stands for sophisticated, timeless, lavish, trendy, and outstanding.

Here’s what I thought of some STLTO wines:

STLTO Pinot Grigio – This wine was buttery at first and sharp on the finish. It presented a woody taste that was similar to the flavor of chardonnay, but it still had the typical characteristics of a pinot grigio. Tom and I both liked it.

STLTO Merlot - I brought this wine to a dinner at my sister’s place. I was too busy drinking this wine that I forgot to snap a picture of it! That bottle didn’t stand a chance. Only a splash was left over. My sister, Kristen, was looking forward to drinking more the following night and she was sad that there was only a little left. She’s a red fan, so that speaks volumes to me. Kristen said it wasn’t as dry as other merlots. This wine reminded her of a cabernet sauvignon, which she usually enjoys. I really liked it and would buy it again. It was a smooth red. Sometimes reds are bitter for me and hard to swallow. This red went down easy, maybe too easy. I captured flavors from this merlot that reminded me of currants and blackberry. Meanwhile, the fragrance smelled like strawberry Twizzlers. The STLTO Merlot was a pleasurable drinking experience.

STLTO Prosecco - I may not be a sparkling wine fan. I feel like I really only had 1, well, maybe 2 sparkling wines ever that I actually liked. While on a Disney Millenium Cruise to celebrate Y2K or the new millenium, I had the chance to try Dom Perignon Champagne.  I don’t remember the details about the flavor, but I remembered enjoying it! Other than that, for our wedding, my family served Verdi and I’ve been a fan of it since. Verdi is a spumante, a sweeter sparkling wine, with hints of fruit flavor. It’s easy drinking and it’s my favorite sparkling wine. The STLTO Prosecco I found hard to drink. It was overly bubbly for me. So much so that it was hard to swallow. It was hard to get past the bubbles and enjoy the flavors. However, like I mentioned, I’m not typically a sprakling wine drinker. Those who appreciate champagnes or proseccos may have a different take on this one.

I definitely recommend the STLTO Merlot. If you would like to check out these wines for yourself, the stores listed on wine-searcher.com may sell this brand.

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Tom and I had a great time at the 2nd Autumn Wine Festival at Jakes Branch Park in Beachwood, NJ. We had never been to this wine festival before or this park. It was a beautiful day, a perfect opportunity to sip wine in the great outdoors of NJ. The crowd was decent, not too busy. If we didn’t just step right up to the tasting tables at the wine tents, we may have had to wait just a couple minutes to slip in.

The park was really easy to get to, right off the Parkway on Double Trouble road. As soon as we pulled in, we found convenient parking! That’s a relief. People were parked right along the pathway by the entrance. From there, it was a short walk to the actual event. We saw people walking towards the festival from farther directions in the park, but it didn’t look like an inconvenience to them.

The entrance to the wine festival was at the tip of the park by the flagpoles. The winery booths and artisans were set up across from each other to the right of the entrance. Food trucks were beyond the winery displays along the pavement that was just behind the grassy section. At the end of the winery tents, a band was performing. There was an open section of land before a pond, where people were sitting out on blankets and chairs enjoying wine and the tunes.

Enough about what you can expect at this event. Here’s our wine highlights from the Autumn Wine Festival:

Coda Rossa Winery was the first winery we tried at the festival. We haven’t been to this location yet, but we look forward to visiting.

  • Meritage - We started their wine list backwards, but we may have started with their best wine! Meritage was really nice. I’ve noticed that the reds I enjoy most tend to be blends. This wine was blended with Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. It tasted slightly smoky, had a hint of spice, and a light fruity quality.

DiMatteo Vineyards – I have to give a special shout out to Anthony! He was awesome! If you go to this winery, look out for Anthony. He was so on it. He maintained conversation with us, while serving other attendees the wines they requested. We started bonding with Anthony when he noticed Tom’s Detroit Tigers hat and started talking about teams and places in the Detroit metro area. He was a real pleasure and I look forward to seeing him again.

Now for DiMatteo wines!

  • Chambourcin - DiMatteo’s Chambourcin was interesting. It seemed to start off sweet and finished dry, which gave it a dynamic quality. It also had a dark tone to it. It was a surprising and pleasant experience.
  • Sangria - Their Sangria tasted unique. Some sangrias put forward other tropical fruit flavors, but their Sangria presented a taste similar to iced tea. It was like a grape iced tea in a way.
  • Pasquale Red - DiMatteo’s Pasquale Red seemed like a heavier version of the sangria. It’s obviously a sweeter red then. The flavor reminded me of Twizzlers.
  • Apple - They served a nice, warm, apple wine. It wasn’t too sweet or tart. It was a yummy Fall treat, so I bought some to serve on Halloween – not to trick-or-treaters! It’s my treat! When I bought the bottle, it came with a sack of spices. When I heat it up, I’m supposed to add the spice bag. I’ll be enjoying this on Friday night!

Plagido’s Winery was another awesome experience. I was surprised. The sommelier at this tent gave us a full tasting experience that I would expect at the winery. Usually other wine event servers just give you a splash of whatever wine you ask for and maybe comment on the grape or flavors provided. I told this gentleman we didn’t know where to start. He asked what we liked. I said I like sweet and Tom likes dry. He gave us the perfect wines for our tastes. I really wanted to buy a ton of bottles from them, but my budget restricted me. I’m looking forward to going to this winery, so I can stock up on their wines.

  • Sangria – Plagido’s Sangria is a pre-made pouch with a strong pineapple flavor. The pineapple gave it a sweet, summery character.
  • Concetta Casalinga – This wine is their #1 seller. Seems odd to say, but it tasted really grapey, more so than other wines. It reminded me of a Concord wine. I also got a hint of cherry.
  • Homestead – Homestead was like a different type of Concord wine. Unlike the other Concords I’ve tasted, this was less sweet and tasted like it had higher alcohol content.
  • 5.8 Earthquake - This may have been the first wine I had that was made of Fredonia grapes. It was another sweet wine. The Fredonia grape gave it a unique quality.
  • Empire Port – Tom really liked their port, probably because it’s aged in oak and a red blend.

Valenzano Winery offers a good variety of wines. They sell one of my favorites, Shamong Red. They also have a number of fun fruity wines.

  • Blackberry Syrah – Their Blackberry Syrah was interesting. It tasted like blush, but less tart. It was light and had a hint of alcohol, which other sweet wines don’t have.

Wagonhouse Winery also has a fun selection of wines with unique seasonal flavors.

  • Autumn Goddess - In this wine I really get spices of pumpkin and apple. They really catch the essence of Fall in a glass. I also love their Shore Thing for Summer, which is a mango peach wine that tastes like sunshine.

I can’t leave out Tomasello Winery – I’m so familiar with their wines. I don’t want to leave them out since I know them so well. For Fall, I would recommend their Autumn Leaf, Spiced Apple, Broomstick Brew, and Almonique. They’re all delicious wines.

I’d also like to let you know about Carolyn’s Crystal Creations. As we browsed the artisans, we were mezmorized by the beauty of her items. Each piece was made of Swarovski crystal. The first one that caught my eye was a turtle necklace. I love turtles. Then, I couldn’t believe the beauty of a horse head piece. I asked if they had bird items too since I’m a bird nerd. She said she can make them. We also went on to have a wonderful conversation. Carolyn was such a plesant person and so nice to talk to. You can find her items here and contact her for custom creations.

Thanks for reading!

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Every Summer my family vacations in Wildwood, which is just a couple exits away from Cape May. During this annual trip, I usually urge my parents to try the Cape May wineries. They really enjoy resting on the beach all day while on vacation – I can’t blame them – so they usually decline my suggestions. However, knowing that I wanted them to check out the Cape May vineyards, they planned a special weekend with us to visit these wineries. So a couple weekends ago, I was finally able to go with them. This particular weekend celebration was a birthday present from them and an anniversary gift for Tom and me. This past week, Tom and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary.

Our weekend in Cape May was nice, but it was a little busier than I expected. I didn’t realize September is wedding month in Cape May. If you are planning on going to Cape May, keep in mind that some places may be closed or closing early to cater to private events. That’s what we encountered when we tried visiting a couple other places. When we arrived at Cape May Winery it looked like something was going on there. I thought they were having a special event on the back patio, but it may have just been a musician performing outside and a big crowd. All the times we’ve been to Cape May Winery, we’ve never seen it that busy! Luckily, we were able to grab a spot at the tasting bar on the upstairs deck. Which was a first for me. I don’t think I’ve tasted on their deck before. We were also able to find seats on their balcony to sit and enjoy a glass of wine.

I have to admit, I was less impressed with their wines this time around than I have been in the past. I enjoyed them better during previous visits, but it was still a nice experience. Here’s what we tried.

2013 Cape May Riesling – This wine was a dryer Riesling that tasted less sweet than others of this kind. In their Riesling, I tasted hints of honeysuckle and citrus. Dad and I ended up having a glass of this when we relaxed on the deck.

Lighthouse White - The Lighthouse White was a crisp wine with flavors of honey and apple.

Lighthouse Riesling – I was somewhat disappointed in this wine. I remembered it more favorably. This version had a tart and citrus quality. I found it to be a little sour and it left a vinegar-like taste in my mouth. It did have a lovely smell with fruit accents.

Lighthouse Red - The Lighthouse Red is a blend of Merlot, Syrah, and Chambourcin. I tend to enjoy red blends. This was nice. I tasted a bit of spice and cherry. However, I felt like I enjoyed it more in the past.

Lighthouse Blush – This wine is like a white zinfandel with a hint of cherry. It’s the fruitier wine of the Lighthouse line. Mom liked this one best. Like me, her taste leans sweeter.

Isaac Smith Apple – If you like apple flavors, this is your wine! Isaac Smith Apple is a nice fall treat. As you sip this wine, it’s like your biting into a Granny Smith and getting wine instead of juice from the apple. The apple flavor is right on point. It’s a really nice treat. But it is sweet like a treat or like candy. The smell reminded me of the apple flavored Jolly Rancher. I appreciate the taste of this wine, but for some reason, apple juice, apple cider, and other appley drinks turn my stomach a little. The flavor was so good I wanted more, but for my tummy, I held back. Mom ended up getting a glass of this one.

Wines vary year to year and some times or some days my tastes change. Although this tasting experience was different for me, I still love the experience and feel of Cape May Winery. It’s a great blend of beach and country. I love sitting on the distressed wood deck, that is reminiscent of driftwood, while overlooking the vines as I watch hawks circle above the trees and smell the salt sea air. Cape May Winery continues to improve the facility and expand. On this visit, I noticed what looked like a newer building in the back. Cape May Winery is definitely a must visit.

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My 30th birthday was a few weeks ago. For the occasion, my husband, Tom, planned a fun day of wine drinking at our favorite local wineries. We stopped first at Cream Ridge Winery and then at Working Dog Winery. We had 3 cars of people with us. Somehow we all got split up along the way, but we happened to get there at the same time! When we arrived at Cream Ridge and parked in their lot, we noticed people outside walking along the vines. I hadn’t really thought of doing that here, but I want to mention it, so you know it’s something you can do. I also noticed that they expanded their outdoor patio area, which is great. The one thing I thought Cream Ridge Winery was missing was more of a hang out spot. We usually go here just for a tasting. It’s nice to see that they increased their outdoor seating area so you can spend more time visiting. However, on this particular day, the weather was gray and there was a lingering threat of rain, so we wouldn’t be able to sit outside for long.

As we approached the door and passed through the front patio seating area, there was a band getting ready to play. To the left on the front lawn, there was a small food trailer, like a truck, set up to offer visitors some meat treats, like hot dogs and such. As we entered the wine tasting room, the bar was filled with visitors. We waited just a little bit for some space to clear. We were a somewhat big group, so 3 of us stood at the counter and the rest hung behind. We reviewed the wine lists together and leaned in to get our samples. We all had different tastes. Here are some of the wines I tried during this visit.

Riesling – The Riesling was juicy with a lemony flavor. It was somewhat sweet and packed a little punch on the end. The tasting notes say that their Riesling is a good match for spicy food.

Eastern White – The tasting list said the Eastern White is “back by popular demand.” Personally, I can see why. It’s made from Niagara grapes and that gives it a Welch’s white grape juice quality. It was slightly tangy, but definitely sweet. My tastes lean to the sweeter side, so i liked it. It was a little too sweet for some of the others that were with us.

Cabernet Franc – I found the Cabernet Franc to be interesting. It had a roasted characteristic and it gave off a flavor of black cherry with a hint of licorice.

Summer Sangria – The Summer Sangria had a perfume-like aroma and the taste reminded me of cherry. This wine was more on the sweeter side. It’s made with concord, my favorite grape, and Niagara.

Strawberry – Tom sat out this tasting since he was our DD. But I saved the strawberry wine sample for him, since he loves strawberries. He thought it was good. He said it tasted like strawberry, but with a punch. Cream Ridge Winery’s Strawberry wine was a silver medal winner.

Almondberry – I knew I liked this wine, but it was even better than I remembered. It may have been a different year than the ones I tried before. Almondberry is made with raspberry, Niagara grapes, and touched with an almond accent.

Frozen Sangria – The Frozen Sangria was really intriguing. The freezer pouches were pre-made with the winery’s branding. When you purchase this wine, they pour the bottle into the pouch for you. You take it home and freeze it. This sangria is made with the Eastern White wine. Since, I liked the Eastern White and sangria in general, of course, I enjoyed this one too!

It was really difficult deciding which wine I wanted to buy. I wanted the Frozen Sangria, Summer Sangria, Eastern White, and Almondberry. I ended up getting the Almondberry. If you’re thinking about checking Cream Ridge Winery out, I’d recommend it for the experience and their specialty wines. Their wines lean towards the fruitier or sweeter side. However, they do have options for those who enjoy more traditional or dryer wines. As I’ve mentioned before, the staff is very friendly. The winery itself is cute. They have a nice shop and they put on fun events throughout the year.

This past weekend was their 23rd Bluegrass & Pig Roast Harvest Festival. If you missed it this year, mark it on you calendar for next year. On September 27, Cream Ridge Winery is hosting their 2nd Annual “Finish Wine” Bicycle Rally. Visit their website here for more details.

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My birthday was this past weekend and in the lead up to the occasion some friends and family asked what I wanted. There’s not much that I can think of other than wine and clothes. I replied with my favorite NJ wines, which are easy to rattle off! However, with a friend visiting from out of state and family located all over NJ, I realized that it may not be easy for them to get these wines. Other than NJ wines, I don’t know of too many others to suggest. As far as white wines go, I enjoy Kendall Jackson with sushi. I also like Bogle and Toasted Head Chardonnay. One of my usual go to’s is a German Sweet Red made from Dornfelder grapes. I think it’s called, Weingut Fritz Windisch Heimersheimer Rotenfels Dornfelder – there’s no way I can say that, but I know what the bottle looks like. I realized I really need to try more wines to diversify my palate and so I know what to look for in the stores when they don’t have my preferred Jersey wines.

With this revelation, I decided to add a new feature to NJ Wine with Me called Wines of the World. Once a month, I will try a completely new wine that I’ve never had before and let you know what I think it tastes like. Hopefully, my thoughts can help you determine if these wines are worth a try. If you try it or tried it, let me know your thoughts in the comments.

For the first installment of Wines of the World, I tried 2 white wines by Brancott Estate in New Zealand. They are both of their Flight Song line. The first is Flight Song Sauvignon Blanc 2013. The fragrance reminded me of a Riesling, which tends to remind me of iced tea. I found the wine to be effervescent in a way. It was somewhat tingly, which gave it a refreshing quality. It seemed like it had more acidity. The Flight Song Sauvignon Blanc taste reminded me of lemon and grapefruit, which would explain the iced tea smell. The finish was slightly sour. While I experienced some fruit flavors, this was not a sweet wine. It leaned to the dryer side. I can imagine sipping this wine at a backyard party on a deck while watching fireflies bob above the grass.

The next wine was Flight Song Pinot Grigio. I liked the flavors of the Sauvignon Blanc, however, I preferred their Pinot Grigio. It went down real easy because it didn’t have the sharpness that some other Pinot Grigios have. I didn’t get as many flavors from this wine, just a touch of lemon. It didn’t have the aftertaste or tingle that I experienced in the Sauvignon Blanc. I can see myself finishing a bottle of this. If you notice in the pictures, there’s a little bit less in the Pinot Grigio bottle.

An interesting note about these wines, they are made with grapes that were harvested earlier in the Summer when natural sugar levels are lower. This enables the wine to have less calories and sugar, but remain flavorful.

After trying these, I’ll have to try some other New Zealand wines to see if the features of these wines were unique to the location or just to this vineyard. If you would like to buy these for yourself, they are for sale @ WineChaeteau.com, which is a NJ based wine retailer.

What should I try next? Any suggestions? Let me know in the comments if you try these.

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Just recently, Tom and I took part in another Old York Cellars Virtual Vines wine tasting. To attend a Virtual Vines wine tasting, you just have to sign up ahead of time to receive your wines in advance. Then, on the day of, login to Livestream to attend the live tasting session. For this Virtual Vines, we logged in at our kitchen table, where we set up our laptop and tasted the wines. I have to add that I was running late on my way home because of traffic and Tom prepared everything. I’m so lucky to have such a good husband! Appetizers were made, wines were opened, glasses poored, he took pictures, and logged into the Livestream. He also coined the term “wine selfie” – all before I came home. Check out the slideshow to see Tom’s “wine selfie.”

For this particular home wine tasting, we tried their What Exit line of wines. We sampled What Exit White, What Exit Red, and What Exit Blush. I tweeted as much as I could about our tasting experience, because each tweet generated $1 towards the Hometown Heroes organization. Hometown Heroes helps people in crisis. They also honor real heroes in the community like Old York Cellars, who is helping those in need through their fundraising efforts. Hometown Heroes, as well as the What Exit Wines line, began after Superstorm Sandy hit. Proceeds from the sales of What Exit Wines benefit recovery efforts.

What Exit White - We started with the What Exit White. It wasn’t long before it was gone! I tweeted, “We may have already finished the @WhatExitWines White. It’s that good.” This white is 90% Chenin Blanc and 10% Seyval Blanc. This was a light, crisp, and easy drinking white wine. We got hints of honey with a finish of apricot.

What Exit Blush – What Exit Blush is similar to What Exit White in that they both have 90% Chenin Blanc. Except that the remaining 10% in the Blush is Cabernet Sauvignon. The What Exit Blush is a dryer blush, not sweet or fruity like others.

What Exit RedOld York Cellars makes some of my favorite red wines. As I said in other articles, my taste tends to lean sweet or to white wines. I am usually surprised by how much I enjoy Old York Cellars reds. What Exit Red is another one. This wine is made of 80% Merlot, 10% Barbera, and 10% Landot Noir. I loved the bouquet. I smelled fragrances of fruit and oak. This red was warm and bold. It seemed to provide heat, but it didn’t make me hot. It’s mild for reds, which may be why I like it. I got a black cherry flavor from this one.

I loved the labels on these bottles. If you love all things Jersey, you would like them too. The What Exits wines are good, but it’s also worth buying just to have this awesome label! The labels are customizable too. You can include your exit, town, or a personal message. What Exit Wines would make great, unique, and special gifts.

If you’d like to see Old York Cellars for yourself and welcome the Fall harvest, check out their upcoming Fall Harvest Festival on September 27th and 28th. They’ll have hayrides, vineyard tours, and they’ll share information about the harvest. The next Virtual Vines is taking place on September 25th. Check their website for event details.

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The Lakewood BlueClaws Jersey Shore Wine Festival is one of my favorite wine events to attend. There’s something comfortable about this experience. The stadium provides ample parking making it easy to get in and get out. The event takes place on the front lawn, which is much bigger than you would think. The layout has a square shape with 2 aisles. The outer perimeter is lined with 12 wineries and the middle section is comprised of vendors and crafts, most of which are wine themed. It’s never over crowded, which allows you to attend with friends and family and sample wines at the tables together.

This particular day, it was a beautiful outside, a perfect wine tasting day. Tom, my husband, and I attended with our friend Dan. Thankfully, they let me lead the way and select whatever I wanted to try. It was a little too warm outside to drink reds, so forgive me for not including more. I tried many wines and here are some of the highlights from the event.

The Wines

Four Sisters Winery - Perhaps this is cheating. One of the wines I was most looking forward to was Beaver Creek Red from Four Sisters Winery. This is one of my favorite wines in NJ, or in the US for matter. I didn’t buy it last year and I regretted and missed it. So, before sampling it, I already knew I wanted to buy it. Their tent was one of our first stops. We tried this right away and it was still as delicious as I remember it. It’s a perfect concord grape wine. Beaver Creek Red is sweet and refreshing. It’s good for a nice Summer day, but honestly, I’d drink it any time of year. It’s one of their best sellers.

Four Sisters Winery also provided samples of Niagara. It’s a somewhat sweeter white. You can almost tell it’s sweeter by the color, which was more of a golden yellow. I also enjoyed their Papa’s Red and Holiday Seasoned. Papa’s Red is a slightly sweet chianti wine. The Holiday Seasoned is the Papa’s Red with spices like cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg added.

Cream Ridge Winery - Cream Ridge Winery highlighted their Summer wines at this festival. Their Pinot Mojito seemed to be a big hit. I’m not into the mint flavor, but if you like mojitos, you should try this! We almost bought it just for the bottle. It’s not a typical wine bottle. Instead it resembled more of a beachy Patron bottle. It was a shorter barrel, indicating that you are in for a different experience. Their Kiwine is another special treat with it’s hints of kiwi and lime. It’s not overwhelmingly fruity like some from other wineries. Cream Ridge Winery does fruit wines really well. While there’s hints of fruit, it still captures the essence of the wine. Of their summery offerings, their Sangria was my favorite. It had an effervescent quality. It was the best Sangria we tried at the festival. It was unique with concord, niagara, and citrus flavors.

Bellview Winery - My favorite from Bellview Winery was the Fiesta wine. I’m lucky enough that they carry this one at the local liquor store, so I can buy it whenever I want. I’m a sucker for sweet reds and this one often hits the spot. It’s a combination of cranberry and red grape wine. It’s a party in a bottle.

Valenzano Winery - I skipped one of my favorites at Valenzano, the Shamong Red. It’s a sweet red wine made from concord grapes. The Shamong Red and their Red, White, and Blueberry Sangria, which is another delicious wine, are both sold at our local liquor stores. The highlight at the Valenzano tent was the Berry White Cranberry. Many NJ wineries have a red cranberry wine, but their white cranberry is the only one I’ve tried. It was a tasty, unique treat. Again, a little bit on the sweeter side, but you probably could have guessed that. White Cranberry is less bitter and tart than red cranberry and it presents more of a citrus quality.

Wagonhouse Winery - Wagonhouse Winery featured many unique flavor combinations. This seems to be their specialty. They were out of Fallen Quaker, which they said was one of their most popular. Autumn Goddess is another one of their hot wines, which would be a wonderful Fall treat, along with their Ornery Apple. The wine I enjoyed most from them this time around was the Shore Thing wine. I like it so much that I bought a bottle and I’ve thoroughly savored a glass of it already. The sommelier said it’s a combination of peach, honey, and almond. Somehow it captures the essence of Summer.

Monroeville Vineyard & Winery - This may have been my first time sampling wines from Monroeville Winery. We haven’t been there yet and this was their first time at this festival. I enjoyed their selections including their Apple wine blended with their Cranberry wine, which they mixed for us. Their Monroeville Red, a sweet, red, concord wine was my favorite of their wines and one of my preferred wines of the day. I made sure to grab a bottle before we left.

Tomasello Winery - We’ve tried Tomasello wines many times before. There’s a tasting room in Monmouth county that’s near where we live. If you go there, say hi to Anne! One of my Tomasello favorites is their Almondique. In the Fall, I also love their Witch’s Brew. I’ll be adding a few more favorites to the list, their fruit Moscatos. They have a Blueberry, Cranberry, and Raspberry Moscato. The Cranberry was a little bit tart, which is characteristic of cranberry. The Blueberry was delectable, smooth, not too fruity or sweet. Of the Tomasello wines we tried this day, Blueberry Moscato was the best. The Raspberry is also tasty and it really captures the raspberry quality (my mom loves this one.) However, Tom and I preferred the Blueberry. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get this one at nearby stores.

4JG’s Orchards & Vineyards - If you enjoy history in addition to wine, you may really appreciate the Monmouth Blush. It’s a lively, dry rose made with cabernet franc and vidal blanc. They leave the skins on for a couple days to give it the blush shade. I was captivated by the bottle. I love local history and trail blazing women, so I couldn’t help but ask about the label picturing a battle scene with a female figure positioned prominently in the center. I was informed that 4JG’s is actually on Monmouth Battleground and the woman represents Molly Pitcher. This winery is not open every weekend, so certain events and festivals are the only time you can capture their wines. When discussing this with their sommeliers, we discovered that they also provide grapes to many of the other NJ wineries. You can learn a lot from 4JG’s!

I highly recommend attending this wine festival when it comes around annually in June. If you attend other festivals, be sure to try offerings from these wineries!

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