Saturday, June 06, 2009

Auburn Road Vineyard and Winery - A Small Winery Arrives In the Garden State!

Auburn Road was opened by six partners, three women and three men, all of whom had previously worked in the financial industry before starting the vineyard. They've been making wine for a while, but just opened their doors in 2008. Tucked away in Salem, New Jersey, they are quickly turning heads. At the most recent New Jersey wine comeptition, they won eight awards. That's aough to turn anyone's head. A lot of people are going to be saying, "Who?" IN the next few months, but the name Auburn Road will be on the tip of everyone's tongues if they keep this up in the next few years. And how does the wine taste...their's a reason they won all that hardware!

They opened their doors in 2008 with six varieties of wine. The winery is located in Pilesgrove Township. Pilesgrove Township in Salem County is nestled in a beautiful country setting offering spectacular views of farmland and untouched countryside. The community was named for settler Thomas Pile. It's just a short drive across the Walt Whitman or Commodore Barry Bridges from Philadelphia or just over the Delaware Memorial Bridge into rural Salem County.

The partners recieved much help from the viticulture team at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The partners all learned the various intricasies of planting and maintenance from the expert university team. Merlot was one of their big plantings. The partners were taught how to thin the vines, and what the balance of of aeration vs. enough leaves to make the plant function.

If wine is made in the vineyard, and it is, then you know the folks at Rutgers taught these people in Salem County, in southern New Jersey, well.

Classico is their version of a Garden State “Super Tuscan.” It is a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chambourcin. Classico is a deep, rich, full bodied red. This is a very nice, big, full-bodied wine. A very elegant wine. This is the wine they truly wanted to make when they set out to open Auburn Road 5 years ago. Winner of a GOLD Medal in the 2009 New Jersey Wine Competition and a SILVER Medal in the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition!

A nice, big , dry merlot. Silver Medal winner at the 2009 New Jersey Wine Competition.

Good Karma is a light dry red blend of Sangiovese and Merlot. The cherry comes through as promised. It's a nice anywhere red. As comfortable with pork and chicken as it might be with grilled fish. Even nice cold? (Although not my total cup of tea - but others swear by it).According to the website, "Good Karma has been at the center of every Auburn Road Thanksgiving dinner since 2005 – it is perfect with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, especially if there is a little sweetness in the meal...Good Karma may have a funky name but it has become a true expression of how we got here and gave us our motto – 'Everything Matters'."

You gotta try these wines!

119 Sharptown Auburn Road
Pilesgrove, NJ 08098
Phone 856-769-8665