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Between the cold weather, Tom getting the flu, and busy weekends, we have not been able to get to wineries outside of our area. We often travel to the Central Jersey wine trail when we can, which includes Cream Ridge Winery and Working Dog Winery. We did slip in a couple trips to these vineyards recently, but we haven’t had enough time to make it to the wineries in South Jersey. These might require a weekend trip since there are so many around Gloucester, Atlantic, and Salem counties. In the meantime, until we have the time, money, and favorable weather to get to the South Jersey locations, I’m glad there are online wine retailers that sell NJ wines! They can ship some of my favorite wines or NJ brands right to me. In some cases, it would take an hour or 2 for us to travel to one of these wineries. Of course, I love visiting the vineyards and when we stop there I try to stock up on the wines I enjoy. But on occasion it’s easier to have it shipped to us and do an in home tasting.

I recently received Tomasello’s Pomegranate Champagne, Chambourcin, and Sparking Pinot Noir, as well as Alba’s Riesling from WineChateau.com. When the box arrived it felt like Christmas! I might just order wine more often.

Tomasello’s Sparkling Pomegranate – This is a fun, unique champagne. Being pomegranate it was on the sweeter side, which I can appreciate. Of course, there was a lot of fizz at first, but it settled down for a delightfully refreshing, effervescent, fruity champagne. I think I’ll bring one of these to a family Easter party as a way to celebrate the occasion. The flavors will be fitting for the event too, bright, fruity, and fun.

Tomasello’s Chambourcin – This smooth, light wine had a smoky and peppery quality to it. It reminded me of black cherry without the sweetness. Tomasello’s Chambourcin is a true red wine.

Alba Riesling – It’s gone! I drank it all and enjoyed every sip of it. It was an appropriate amount of sweet. It was reminiscent of apple flavors, but not tart. Alba’s Riesling is good, fruity, and citrusy. These qualities made me yearn for summer and warm weather. This Riesling is nice – satisfying for fans of sweeter wines.

Tomasello’s Sparkling Pinot Noir – I have to admit I was not crazy about this champagne. It struck me as a weird combination. It was very effervescent. For some reason it seemed hard for me to get past the fizz. When I did, I really noticed the Pinot Noir quality on the finish. Since I’m more of a white or sweet wine drinker, this one didn’t appeal to me. But since Tomasello has so many great wines and I really enjoyed the Pomegranate Champagne, I didn’t think much of it.

I love supporting NJ entrepreneurs and businesses. Wine Chateau is a NJ based online wine store, with 2 physical locations. You can go there right now and order the wines I talk about. Not only is it a NJ business, but the founder also went to a NJ college, NJIT. He one upped me on that, because I went to NYIT. Anyway, WineChateau.com has about 53 NJ wines for you to pick from.

I can’t wait to get to the actual Tomasello winery. I’ve had so many good wines from them. But in the meantime, I’ll get my fix from their small shops when I can get there and WineChateau.com. I suggest ordering some wines for Easter or Spring celebrations. I often bring NJ wines to parties and they’re a great conversation piece. Guests learn about NJ’s agriculture and burgeoning wine business and we get to chat about one of my favorite topics, wine. Next, I may order Tomasello’s Sweet Cakes Sweet Concord and their Red Raspberry Moscato. How about you? What will you order? View this link and search by US region to see what NJ wines WineChauteau.com carries.

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