By Leslie Kwoh/The Star-Ledger
October 18, 2009, 8:43PM
"We’re exhausted, we’re not happy," he said, adding that because the rain also destroyed neighboring vegetable crops, he had to shoot and kill three foraging deer. "Mother Nature was not kind this year."
The bad harvest is a blow because New Jersey has struggled for years to gain momentum. After Prohibition wiped out most of the state’s wineries, efforts to re-establish the industry were scattered, and only really took off in recent years.
It's bottling season at New Jersey’s Alba Vineyard
But ask those outside local wine circles whether the Garden State is known for its wine, and the response is less than flattering.
New Jersey also is one of only two dozen states that forbids wineries from shipping directly to consumers -- a law smaller vintners say restricts their growth.