Cape May Winery- 8/12/18

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Welcome back for another winery experience review!

Last weekend we stopped at the Cape May Winery while down the shore. The Cape May Winery is located in Cape May, New Jersey and opened to the public back in 1995. If you enjoy wineries and have been to Cape May before, there’s a good chance that you’ve been to this winery already. It is one of the more well-known wineries in the area.

Before we get into our wine tasting experience, we do want to mention that the Cape May Winery sits in the new Cape May Peninsula AVA (for more information on AVA’s, clickย HERE). This AVA is the newest to New Jersey and a total of six wineries fall into it. The six wineries will begin to list the new AVA on their bottles soon (if not already)!

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Now to our experience! We’ve been to the Cape May Winery many times before, so the overall experience was not new to us this time. We did decide to do a tasting to see what new vintages and varietals the winery has to offer. Tastings are $10/person and you get to sample six different wines (and keep you souvenir glass). Ed and I both tried the same six wines, which were:

  1. 2016 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
  2. 2015 Cape May Pinot Noir
  3. 2017 Cape May Chardonnay
  4. 2017 Cape May Sauvignon Blanc
  5. Cape May Rose
  6. Isaac Smith Red Port

Our three favorites were the 2017 Chardonnay, Rose, and Red Port. The 2017 Cape May Chardonnay is fermented in stainless steel so you get a lot of fruit and acidity on the finish. The Cape May Rose is well-balanced and crisp. We believe they use Chambourcin grapes to make their Rose, which may be why we enjoyed it so much (Chambourcin is our favorite varietal)! Finally, the Isaac Smith Red Port is fermented with brandy to increase the alcohol content. You first take a sip as-is and then you enjoy it with dark chocolate which gives you an entirely different experience.

Recently, the Cape May Winery opened a tap room which serves a total of eight of their wines on tap. You are able to enjoy them by the glass, carafe, growler, or a flight of three. They also have a tapas menu to enjoy with your wines on tap. Highly recommended for an afternoon of day drinking and eating at the shore!

Please see below for our scorecard for the Cape May Winery. We recommend stopping if you have not been already. There are plenty of winery options in the Cape May Peninsula, so search around and find which ones are your personal favorites! We’d love to hear which ones you prefer!

Wine is calling, we must go!

Nick & Ed

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White Horse Winery- 8/4/18

Hello there, winery enthusiasts!

We come to you today to provide an in-depth review of the White Horse Winery located in Hammonton, New Jersey. The winery lies within the Outer Coastal Plain AVA and opened to the public in 2016. It is one of the newest wineries in the Garden State.

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We visited the winery in the afternoon on Saturday, August 4 for a quick tasting during a day trip to Atlantic City, New Jersey. The winery was packed with enthusiastic customers who were enjoying their tastings, glasses, and bottles of wine while listening to live music outdoors. We were greeted at the door by the lovely winery mascot, Macie, a sweet and energetic Pup!

Tastings are $10/person, or $5/person for wine club members. Ed and I are members of their wine club, so it’s almost like a BOGO free deal, right?! Can’t beat that! During our tasting, we each enjoyed five different varieties of wine. We enjoyed the majority of the wines we sampled, my favorite being the 2017 Vintner’s White. The crisp notes were so refreshing on the hot summer day! One thing that impressed us specifically- White Horse Winery will provide you a clean glass when you switch from White’s/Rose’s to Red’s. We typically experience a winery rinsing your glass with water when you make the switch, so this was a pleasant surprise!

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Please see below for our winery review scorecard for White Horse Winery. This scorecard is a living and breathing document and we may make changes as we continue to re-explore the Garden State’s winery regions. We are open to any feedback!

All in all, we highly recommend White Horse Winery. If you find yourself in Hammonton, New Jersey, you should definitely pay them a visit!

Wine is calling, we must go!

Nick & Ed

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Welcome to our Blog!

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Welcome! This is the official blog for the New Jersey Winery Reviews page! Follow us as we explore the wonderful wineries in the Garden State, New Jersey. Currently, the state of New Jersey has 50+ wineries with more opening up each year! The state is growing as a significant producer of fine wines in the United States. We’ve been to all of the wineries along the Wine Trail Passport (an official post about this program to follow). We plan on completing the passport program again starting in the Fall of 2018, so our plan is to blog about each visit along the way!

Posts will be updated daily on our Instagram page (@njwineryreviews), but this site will be used to post full reviews of our visits. Check back as we continue to update with full reviews of the wineries and their delicious products!

Thank you for your support. Wine is calling, we must go!

Nick & Ed