When I first set off to discover New Jersey wine culture, I didn’t expect to find a whole lot. Within my immediate geographic area (I live in Clifton) are several wine bars and discount wine shops that sometimes offer free tastings, but there are no vineyards — no place where I can track a wine’s humble origins, the process of vine to grape to barrel to bottle.
India Wines In the past, my husband and I always drove to upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region to get our wine fix. I didn’t think we had any other choice. But once I started researching wine spots across New Jersey, I discovered that we really had been missing out. I shouldn’t have been surprised.
Wines In India Through the course of three frantic months, we spent every single weekend traveling across all of New Jersey. We drove to the tippy-top — where small family vineyards like that of the Ventimiglias operated — and all the way down to Cape May (which had four of its own wineries, all well worth visiting). In a blur of vineyard after vineyard, our palates slowly changed.
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Ringtail Vineyards & Winery is celebrating its first anniversary and has invited you to join in the fun. The Aug. 28 event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at Ringtail, 32055 Forward Road in Manton. The event will include complimentary wine tasting, live music and local vendors and artists. Delicious Catering will offer its barbecue menu for $8 to $10. For more information, call 474-5350 or visit www.ringtailvineyards.net .
Wine In India The More the Merrier There’s a new wine shop in town, and it has a lot going on. Market Street Wines recently opened its doors at 1777 Market St. in Redding, and plans are in the works for a couple of wine tours. The first one, either Sept. 18 or 25, will head to the Carneros District, stopping at both Cline Cellars and Jacuzzi Family Vineyards (and possibly one more). Travel by bus and enjoy continental breakfast, mimosas, sparkling wine and a movie. At the wineries, there will be tours, wine tasting and food. For November, a trip to Macchia Winery in Acampo for its fall release is planned. Prices are to be determined. Call 244-9463.
India Wines Bring Your Own Wine The restaurant of The Golf Club at Tierra Oaks offers its popular Exhibition Pasta Night from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. In addition to creating your own pasta extravaganza – from scallops to meatballs, red sauce to Parmesan cream sauce -- the restaurant waives its corkage fee for the weekly food fest. It all happens at 19700 La Crescenta Drive in Redding; 275-0887.
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Saturday's Great Pennsylvania Wine Toast coincides with the grand opening celebration at Blair Vineyards and lots of other good news along the Berks County Wine Trail.
India Wine Reading Eagle: Don Botch Richard Blair and his daughter Missy are eager to welcome visitors to the tasting pavilion at Blair Vineyards' new location near Kutztown.
Wine In India Since the beginning of 2010 alone, expansion projects have been progressing at several of the trail's eight sites; nearly 50 awards have rolled in; one winery, Pinnacle Ridge, has been featured on the cover of the leading trade magazine Vineyard & Winery Management, and another, Long Trout, has graced the cover of the state's tourism magazine, Pennsylvania Pursuits.
Wine America head Bill Nelson was lauded in a farewell reception at a Capitol Hill hotel last week. The trade association he headed since 2005 has lost about 150 members in recent years.
India Wine When the effects of this recession on the wine industry are counted up, we will know how many wineries closed or were sold, how many vineyard acres were torn out, maybe even how many $50 wines dropped to $30. One effect, however, will be difficult to quantify: the loss of Bill Nelson as president of Wine America.
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Anita Frazer and Jamie Like, owners and operators of Ruby Moon Winery just south of Henderson, Ky., always have loved wine and wineries. For years, they would visit area wineries and sip the offerings.
Wine Business In India Finally, they decided to try to make some wine of their own. They bought equipment and started brewing up 5-gallon batches of wine in different flavors and styles.
Wines From India "One of us, at one point, said, 'We should buy some land and grow some grapes ... maybe we'll have a vineyard someday,'" said Like.
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