North Fork vineyard owner Marco Borghese was killed in a car crash Monday, stunning a Long Island winemaking community already reeling from the loss of his wife to cancer less than two weeks ago.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) The Cutchogue couple was widely admired in the wine region, praised for their elegance, energy and innovation in bringing the arts into the tasting room.
Cabernet Shiraz India Marco and Ann Marie Borghese bought the region's first vineyard in 1999 from the pioneering Hargrave family, which established it in 1973. The new owners named it Castello di Borghese.
Mr. Borghese, 70, of Cutchogue, the owner of Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery, was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead where he died, police said. His death comes just days after his wife, Ann Marie Borghese, 56, also died following a battle with cancer.
Chenin Blanc Long Island Wine Council executive director Steve Bate said in an email that he was “shocked beyond words” by the news of his colleague’s death.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) “[The Borgheses] quickly established themselves as vital members of our industry and the community,” the statement reads. “Just four years after moving to the North Fork, Marco was elected president of the Long Island Wine Council. With his European charm and relaxed elegance, he was instrumental in leading the organization through some difficult, transitional times.
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Wine growers have flocked to New Jersey for its marine climate and fertile soil -- similar to that of the Bordeaux region of France -- since the 19th century. Its development as serious source of fine wines was checked by Prohibition, however. But with the repeal of Prohibition-era restrictions -- which in some cases did not occur until late in the 20th century -- New Jersey once again began building what has developed into a growing viticulture -- with 48 wineries distributed across the state.
Rosé Besides producing excellent wines, many vineyards are also stops on oenophile itineraries, a win-win for the state economy. The Garden State Wine Growers Association is working to make New Jersey wineries a staple for summer tourism by mapping trails for wine lovers to visit wineries.
Sauvignon Blanc In 2012, George Taber helped organize the Judgment of Princeton, a blind wine-tasting that pitted New Jersey wineries against the highly acclaimed wineries of the Napa Valley, Italy, and France. Several Garden State vintages placed among the most revered and expensive wines, which helped bolster the reputation of the Garden State wines and its wines compared with other well-known regions.
Both experienced and new-coming volunteers enjoy chatting as they work together to clean, fill, cork, label and store each bottle of wine at Waldensian Heritage Wines in Valdese.
Cabernet Shiraz VALDESE – For the volunteers that participate in wine bottling and winemaking at Waldensian Heritage Wines in Valdese, tradition, friendship and memories are sealed into every homemade bottle, and each glass is poured from a piece of the past.
Rosé The winery, which currently is celebrating 25 years of service, is made up of all volunteers who put passion into producing great-tasting wines and passing on some Valdese history.
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