Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cape Gazette Raves About Nassau Valley Vineyards (DE)

Check out Nassau Valley Vineyards for holiday sipping

By John McDonald | Nov 24, 2012
Cape Gazette

Just received my Happy Thanksgiving Day letter from my pals at Nassau Valley Vineyards, with a great recipe for pumpkin cheesecake. Same as mine, with the exception that I prefer fresh pumpkin. Fresh is probably not a good option though, for the one- or two-pie maker, unless time is no problem. The Nassau Valley Vineyards recipe works beautifully for the pies. You may go here for the recipe and a full listing of wines with pricing and schedule of events:

I really don’t give Peggy and Suzanne enough ink in this column. They do a spectacular job. Pioneers in Delaware wine making, the Raleys fought tooth and nail to get Delaware to allow them to place a winery in coastal Sussex County. The punditry panned the idea, sotto voce, with “It’llneverwork” rhetoric and "Who do they think they are?" articles, initially. Wrong, as usual, bureaucrats and pundits! This little winery that could is probably succeeding better than even the ever-optimistic and adventurous Raley family were hoping it would. If you haven’t laid in your Turkey Day wine, a visit to the winery would serve you well. The value on these wines is A++! They make wonderful gifts.

Winemaker Mike Reese has added 29 medals to the impressive list the vineyard has accumulated over the years. Germane to the season are Cape Rosé, Meadows Edge and Peach Ambrosia from the 2011 vintage. These have won multiple awards, go well with holiday fare and can be sampled at the winery. Please try the wonderful fruit wines. These are especially good. In addition to a selection of 13 wines, NVV offers a wide range of fun stuff, instructional programs, a neat museum and some very cool, hospitable people to meet. If you are reading here and have not been to the vineyards you are cheating yourselves. NVV is located just a short drive off Route 1 or Route 9 near Five Points. Two accesses, just follow the signs.

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