Last week my girlfriend Pat and I went to SpringFest at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in western New Jersey. It’s always fun to see the garden displays, talk shop with the designers and landscapers and visit the various vendors. This year Pat treated me to a glass of wine from the Hopewell Valley Vineyards table. We sipped and walked and looked and talked; we had a great time with our chubby glasses of wine in hand! It was a new experience.
Now I’m a proud supporter of most things New Jersey, well, just because I’m proud of what my state has to offer (tomatoes! those concrete highway barriers! sweet corn!) and (most of) its residents (Springsteen! Bon Jovi! Southside Johnny!). That said, N.J. wines that I’ve sampled over the years have tasted, um, terrible to me. So even though Pat offered to buy us each a glass of wine, I eyed the wine selections with some trepidation. I fervently hoped my past N.J. wine tasting experiences wouldn’t be repeated.
One of the first differences I saw was in the selection of wines: cabernet, white merlot, chamborcin, vidal blanc and pinot grigio. Hopewell Valley Vineyards has a pinot grigio! Points in my book for offering something other than a killer sweet white, thank you very much! I smiled and ordered a glass! I noticed the autism awareness ribbon printed on the wine bottle label; proceeds from the sale of this pinot grigio benefit an organization called Autism Intervention. <applause> I put the glass to my lips and took a sample taste. It is good, peachy! And it reminds me of a couple Italian Pinot grigios I tasted when I was in Italy. Bravo, Hopewell Valley Vineyards!
Go ahead and click on the link above and visit the vineyard’s website. It sounds like a great place to visit on a weekend with its live music, brick oven pizza and views of the vineyard. My husband Mike and I will be visiting this summer for sure!