Tuesday, June 08, 2010

NEW YORK POST RAVES ABOUT REAL HOUSE WINES OF NEW JERSEY


Garden State wine makers make taste buds an offer they can’t refuse
By CARLA SPARTOS
Last Updated: 3:12 AM, June 8, 2010
Posted: 4:37 PM, June 7, 2010

WHAT exit is that bottle from?
Utter the words “New Jersey wine” and you’ll hear all sorts of wisecracks. Heck, even the winemakers themselves will make jokes — off the record, of course — about “Oil Slick White” and “Roadkill Red.”

But after a weekend road trip exploring a handful of some of the state’s 40 or so wineries, I happily discovered that New Jersey is making vino that transcends the punch line to a tired Joe Piscopo joke.

Far from turning out mass-produced plonk, a la Thunderbird, producers are growing quality estate-produced wines.


So, where to begin? The state has two distinct growing regions roughly divided into the farmland of the north and the coastal region of the south. Still, wineries are haphazardly strewn about, making it difficult to pinpoint an obvious travel route. My trip involved traversing much of the rural farmland of central New Jersey (for help planning your trip, check out newjerseywines.com).

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