Saturday, June 09, 2012


26 Garden State Wine Growers Association Members Win Medals

May 23, 2012 - Bellview Winery of Landisville has won Winery of the Year in the New Jersey Wine Competition. Bellview, along with 25 other members of the Garden State Wine Growers Association (GSWGA), won medals in the competition, conducted annually by the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension under the supervision of Rutgers University wine expert, Dr. Gary Pavlis. The 2012 New Jersey Wine Competition featured over 250 wines.

The medals will be awarded this Saturday in a special awards ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Garden State Wine Growers Association’s Blues & Jazz Festival at Natirar Park in Peapack-Gladstone in Somerset County.

Bellview Winery earned double gold (Best Estate and Best Vinifera) for its 2010 Lumiere, a gold medal for the 2010 Petite Verdot, three silver medals for a 2011 Viognier, 2010 Blaufrankisch and 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and three bronze medals for a 2010 Cab Franc, 2010 Syrah and 2010 Merlot.

Nestled in the heart of South Jersey, Bellview Winery is owned by Jim and Nancy Quarella. Jim is a fourth-generation farmer. The winery is located on the same farm that Jim's great-grandfather, Angelo Quarella, purchased in 1914 after he emigrated from Italy. He named his farm Bellview. Originally just the 20-acre plot on which the winery now sits, the farm has expanded to over 150 acres, 42 of which are planted in vineyards. The renovated building that is today's winery houses Angelo's original wine cellar where, for decades, Quarellas have made their wines.

“The overall quality of the wines was exceptional and I believe reflected both the quality obtained in the 2010 vintage, which was well represented in this competition, and the maturation and understanding by the winegrowers of which grape varieties are suited to the different terroirs of the state,” said Gary Pavilis.” In addition, New Jersey wineries are excelling at Bordeaux blends with many of the top scoring wines reflecting this winemaking style.”

Judges utilized in the NJ Wine Competition are certified wine judges, sommeliers, wine buyers, wine educators, and wine retailers. Many have been judging in this competition for over 20 years. The gold medal and Governor’s Cup for grape wine went to Unionville Vineyards of Ringoes for the 2010 The Big “O.” Unionville also won a gold medal for its 2010 Riesling and silver medal for the 2010 Cool Foxy Lady.

Tomasello Winery of Hammonton won a gold medal and the Governor’s Cup for fruit wine for its non-vintage Blackberry. Tomasello also won gold with the non-vintage Raspberry and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon and silver medals for the 2008 CabernetNevers and 2009 Vintage Port. Tomasello added five bronze medals for the 2011 Riesling, 2007 Petite Verdot, 2010 Vidal Blanc, 2011 Pinot Grigio and 2009 Sangiovese.

Cape May Winery won the Governor’s Cup for Dessert Wine for their non-vintage Isaac Smith Port. All told, Cape May earned two gold medals for the 2009 Isaac Smith Red Reserve and 2010 Cape May Red and five silver medals, including the non-vintage Isaac Smith Port, 2010 Cape May Merlot, 2011 Cape May Pinot Grigio, 2011 Cape May Riesling and 2010 Cape May Cabernet. A pair of bronze medals was earned for the 2010 Cape May Barrel Chardonnay and 2010 Cape May Pinot Noir.

The Best American Wine award went to Valenzano Winery of Shamong for its non-vintage Shamong Red Reserve which also earned a gold medal. Valenzano also won a gold medal for the 2010 Cab/Merlot blend and silver for the non-vintage Pinelands Blush. Valenzano earned an additional five bronze medals for its other wines including, 2009 Merlot Reserve, 2009 Cabernet/Merlot, non-vintage Jersey Devil Port, 2010 Vidal and its non-vintage Honey Wine.

The Best Sparkling Wine award went to Plagido’s Winery in Hammonton for its non-vintage Cinqua, which also won a silver medal. Plagido’s also earned a silver medal for the non-vintage Blackberry Vigoroso and five bronze medals for the non-vintage Cabernet Sauvignon, Concetta’s Casalinga, Blueberry, Earthquake and Cab Franc/Merlot blend.

Old York Cellars of Ringoes won gold and Best Hybrid for their 2010 Vidal Blanc. Old York also captured three bronze medals for the 2010 Cabernet, 2010 Sweet Riesling and 2009 Blush.

Heritage Vineyard, the 2011 NJ Winery of the Year took home two gold medals for its 2010 Merlot and 2009 Cab Franc. Heritage also won three silver medals for its 2010 Cab Reserve, 2010 Chardonnay and 2010 BDX blend of red wines and six bronze medals, including their non-vintage Painted Horse and Jersey Red, 2009 Syrah Reserve, 2009 Syrah, 2010 Chambourcin and 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Other Wineries that took awards included:
4 JG’s Orchards & Vineyards of Colts Neck took three bronze awards for its 2008 Cabernet Franc, 2010 and 2007 Chambourcin wines.

Auburn Road Vineyards in Pilesgrove won a silver medal for its 2009 Classico and six bronze medals for wines including its 2010 Good Karma, non-vintage Kind of Blue Blueberry, 2011 Mad Anthony’s Spiced wine, 2011 Rosalita, 2010 Blessington and its non-vintage Battleship White.

Cedarvale Vineyard in Logan Township won a silver medal for its 2010 Cherry Melissa and a bronze for its 2010 Chardonnay Unoaked.

Chestnut Run Farm of Pilesgrove took three bronze medals for the non-vintage Semi-Asian Pear, Asian Pear and Fuji Apple wines.

Coda Rossa of Franklinville won a silver medal for the non-vintage Niagara and seven bronze medals for the non-vintage Rascal, Cab Franc, Bluemoon, Tempest, Ameritage, Blackbird and Peach a Grigio.

Cream Ridge Winery of Cream Ridge took three silver medals for its non-vintage Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc and Cranberry and four bronze medals for the non-vintage Chambourcin, Ciliegia Amabile cherry wine, Black Currant, Plum and Apricot wines.

DiMatteo Vineyards in Hammonton won two silver medals for its non-vintage Pasquale Red and Niagara and five bronze medals for its non-vintage Jersey Red, Blushing Madison, Jersey White, Vidal Blanc, and non-vintage Red Table wine.

Four Sisters Winery at Matarazzo Farms in Belvidere won a silver medal for Mias Blueberry and a bronze for its Strawberry Serena wines.

Hawk Haven Vineyards in Rio Grande won a double gold medal for their 2009 Merlot, two silver medals for the 2010 Chardonnay and 2010 Viognier and bronze medals for the 2010 Pinot Gris, and non-vintage American Kestral White Chardonnay and Northern Harrier Red.

Hopewell Valley Vineyards in Pennington won six bronze medals for its wines including a 2006 Port, a 2008 Barbera, a 2006 Porto Bianco, a non-vintage Pinot Grigio, non-vintage Vidal Blanc and a non-vintage Dolce Vita dessert wine.

Jessie’s Creek Winery in Cape May Country took home a silver medal for its 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and a bronze for the 2010 Merlot.

Laurita Winery in New Egypt captured three bronze medals for the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Cab Franc and non-vintage Norton.

Natali Vineyards in Cape May Court House took bronze medals for three non-vintage wines including a Tempranillo, a Dolcetta, and Cranberry.

Renault Winery in Egg Harbor won a silver medal for its non-vintage American Port and 11 bronze awards for its wines, including 2010 Cabernet Premium, 2010 Burgundy, 2010 Fleur de Blanc, and the non-vintage Pink Champagne, Chianti, Chablis, Fresello, Merlot, Noah, Royal Rouge, and American Champagne.

Sharrott Winery in Blue Anchor captured six bronze medals for its 2010 Cab Franc, 2010 Barrel Reserved Chardonnay, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignion, a non-vintage Vignole, a 2010 Merlot and 2010 Trio. Silver Decoy Winery in Robbinsville won two silver medals for its 2011 Traminette and 2010 Syrah.

Silver Decoy also won seven bronze awards for its 2010 Cab Franc, 2010 Sangiovese, 2010 Chardonnay, 2010 Merlot, 2010 Ugly Duckling, 2010 Marechal Foch and 2010 Chambourcin.

Terhune Orchards & Winery in Princeton earned a silver medal for its non-vintage Just Peachy wine and four bronze medals for the non-vintage Rooster Red, Barn Red, Apple and Harvest Blues.

Ventimiglia Vineyard in Wantage took a pair of bronze medals for the 2010 Vidal Blanc and 2009 Chambourcin.