I have an immense fondness for the Outer Coastal Plain, especially it being in New Jersey. But more than that, we very seriously considered southern New Jersey as our home for several years, and the biggest inspiration was Turdo Vineyards and Cape May Vineyards. Today, it is a wine trail with solid growth and great wines! We wish everyone don there a fantastic success and we hope to visit soon! And thanks to Debbie for allowing a repost! - C. DeVito
Monday, May 20, 2013
Memorial Day on the Outer Coastal Plain AVA
Debbie Gioquindo/Hudson Valley Wine Goddess
I've been very fortunate to be able to go to Cape May for many years and now have my own home to go to there. I've written before about the wineries of that region and have watched the region grow, but I plan to explore them in more detail now that I will be visiting the region more than once or twice a year, but making the region my second home.
The wineries of Cape May are part of the Outer Coastal Plain AVA. Yes there is actually a designated AVA. The Outer Coastal Plain AVA wine appellation covers the counties of Cumberland, Cape May, Atlantic, Ocean, and portions of Salem, Gloucester, Camden, Burlington and Monmouth. They have well drained sandy or sandy loam soils with moderate fertility and a long growing season. There are 27 wineries and growing in this region.
I will admit first things first when I head down to the region - it's the beach for me. I am a sun worshiper at it's best baking on the beach. But there is always time on my way home to stop at a winery and I plan on taking part in some winery events along the way.
I will visit the new wineries and the established ones and am looking forward to seeing how they have grown.
Also on the agenda is New Jersey Craft Beer. Yes there is a craft beer movement in New Jersey and the first brewery on my list to visit is the Cape May Brewery. I even purchased a NJ Craft Beer membership. Any suggestions on must try NJ Craft beer?
Let the summer begin!