A lot has happened in New Jersey since I last featured the state (read more here). Effective May 1, 2012, Governor Christie signed winery direct shipping into law, which allows direct shipping of wine to New Jersey residents. Although not without its shortcomings, direct shipping is a major milestone nonetheless, and lays the ground work for future legislature changes.
The New Jersey Winery of the Year in 2012, Bellview Winery is nestled in the heart of South Jersey. A long-time dream of owners Jim and Nancy Quarella, the winery is located on the same farm that Jim’s great-grandfather, Angelo Quarella, purchased in 1914 after immigrating 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, 40 of which are vineyards.
The Bellview Winery 2010 Merlot retails for $16.99 and features a nose of wild berries, spice and a hint of floral tones. On the palate, the medium-bodied wine shows black cherry, raspberry, spice and earthy components. A smooth, easy drinking Merlot.