Saturday, January 31, 2009

Inside NJ Lauds Laurita

Laurita Bistro Red Table Wine
by T.J. Foderaro
Tuesday January 27, 2009, 11:55 PM
I've been recommending New Jersey wines for years. In the past, however, "good new Jersey wine" usually meant good for New Jersey -- not so good when compared, say, to California or New York State. But as investment in the state's wine industry has ballooned in recent years, pushing the number of commercial wineries above 25, quality has risen dramatically.

A good example is this red wine blend from a new winery in Ocean County. Laurita's winemaker is Nick Opdam, who for years crafted some of New Jersey's best wines at the defunct King's Road winery in Warren County. At Laurita, in New Egypt, Opdam has a state-of-the-art winery at his disposal, along with 44 acres of chardonnay, pinot gris, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and other classic grape varieties.

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