One of the few remaining states to restrict direct-to-consumer shipments, New Jersey wineries have been mired in a battle to legalize direct shipping. Several bills are in play and I encourage my New Jersey readers to write your legislators today. Already the seventh-largest wine-producing state, New Jersey winemaking is the fastest-growing segment of state agriculture, according to the Garden State Wine Growers Association. With 40 plus wineries in the state, it was due time I feature a New Jersey wine.
Established in 2001, Heritage Vineyards is located in the elevated western edge of southern New Jersey’s coastal plain in Mullica Hill. Bill & Penni Heritage, proprietors, represent the fifth generation of farmers who have tended this land. There are currently 22 acres of vineyards planted on the Heritage estate. The award-winning winery took home the New Jersey Governor’s Cup for their Chambourcin, rumored to be one of the best examples on the East Coast. Tonight I feature their popular Jersey Red and White wines.
The Jersey Red is a semi-sweet red wine blend of 50% Concord and 50% Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Made with 100% Jersey fruit, the fruit-forward wine displayed plums and cherries on the nose and palate. Reminded me of a classic Dornfelder, fresh and fruity.
The Jersey White is a blend of 30% Chenin Blanc, 30% Traminette, 30% Cayuga and 10% Chardonnay. Floral and tropical notes with a hint of honeysuckle on the nose. Apple, peach and citrus peel on the palate. A refreshing, crisp wine perfect for picnics and warm summer days.
Both wines retail for $10.99 and represent great value for a local wine. Kudos to Heritage Vineyards for crafting two eclectic wines for today’s modern drinker. Cheers!
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