Years later, when I had moved back to New Jersey as an adult, and was of drinking age, I went there to see it for myself. Passing by the winery in my youth, it had inspired me to explore the wines and wineries of other local regions. Now was my chance to finally enter and part take.
The winery specialized in fruit wines almost exclusively. Tom was an friendly man. A retired gentleman, he made wines like Cherry Amabile and Plum Wine. He was always ready with a story, a joke, or a bit of information. He was always eager to talk wine. He didn't know me from Adam, but he was ever the font of information and knowledge as I wrote my wine book, and dreamt more and more about owning my own farm.
So when I went down to Wineries Unlimited, I found myself getting off of Exit 7 and winding my my way to Cream Ridge on a cloudy Wednesday afternoon. The winery is open seven days a week. It was strange. Certain things had not changed - the building, the parking lot, the landscaping. Other things had changed.
The first difference I saw was all the trained vines behind the winery. Tom couldn't seem to grow vines effectively, which was why he made fruit wines, but now here were mature vines, trained and pruned, with a large pile of cuttings placed near the parking lot. People were in the vineyard working as I arrived.
A very nice, genial young lady greeted me at the tasting counter. She handed me a slip filled with tasting notes. There were many wines, but only some were fruit wines. The rest were vinifera and hybrids. Dry reds and wites filled the list of wines available to taste.
I started with a Suvignon Blanc that was fruity and dry and lemony, and then moved onto a fragrant Gewuztraminer which was grapefruit-y and delicious!