Saturday, January 02, 2010

The Best New Jersey Wines 2010

There has never been a better time to be involved with wine in New Jesery. The Garden State has never producer more and better wine than it does today. There are refreshing and light and delicious white wines; elegant, blanced deep reds; and wonderful, balanced, and fabulous dessert wines. The best wines in New Jersey are on par with those being produced in neighborgng New York State.

However, I am continually disappointed by the lack of wines I find in the local New Jersey wine shops and in New Jersey restaurants. Time and time again I find few, if any, local wines to choose from.

These wines have been reviewed by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wine Spectator, the Wine Enthusiast, and many, many other reviewers. As the reviews, awards, and increasing sales testify, the wines themselves are good.
In an effort to make life easier, I have assembled a worthwhile list to choose from for local shops and restaurants. There is no plonk, there are no clunkers on this list. This is quality wine. More so, I urge consumers to ask for and demand these wines, as well as search them out forthemselves, because they are great wines.

White Wines
Unionville Pheasant Hill Vineyard Chardonnay
Alba Mainsail White
Cape May Isaac Smith Chardonnay
Silver Decoy Traminette
Four JGs Vidal Blanc
Turdo Vineyards Pinot Grigio

Cape May Victorian Blush
Silver Decoy Sunrise

Hopewell Valley Barbera
Hopewell Valley Chambourcin
Silver Decoy Chambourcin
Laurita Lemberger
4JGs Chambourcin Riserva
Unionville The B “O”
Turdo Vineyards Nebbiolo
Turdo Vineyards Barbera
Tomasello Outer Coastal Plain Nevers Oak Cabernet Sauvignon

Dessert Wines
Alba Red Raspberry Dessert Wine
Tomasello Red Raspberry
Tomasello Blackberry
Turdo Vineyard Moscato
Cream Ridge Cherry Amible
Valenzano Cranberry
Unionville Port

Silvan Farms/Tomasello Sparkling Rkatziteli