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wine fest recap

on friday i mentioned we’d be hitting up a wine festival this weekend…

this year was by far even better than last! i don’t know if it was the dismal weather forecast or the fact that Irene scared away a lot of the people who would have still been in town for it, either way it worked out to our advantage!!

short lines – you could actually see the table this year!
i was a trooper and hit up e.v.e.r.y.s.i.n.g.l.e. tent there :0)

some snaps of all of the NJ Vineyards who represented at the event:

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and, of course, this wouldn’t be complete without some feedback, right?!

~just a sip was tasted of each of these~
maybe i went back for seconds on some of the good ones tho!

Amalthea Cellars
2008 Chardonnay Sur Lie – ok

Auburn Road Vineyards
Kind of Blue (Blueberry) – GREAT
Battleship New Jersey Red – good
Merlot Reserve 2008 – ok

Bellview Winery
Jersey Devil White – GREAT
Jersey Devil Red – GREAT
Blueberry – good
Cranberry – good
Dandelion – ok

Chestnut Run Farm
‘no grapes harmed in the making of these wines’ such a cute slogan
Dry Crisp Asian Pear Wine – good
Semi Sweet Asian Pear Wine – ok
Fuji Apple Wine – good
Spiced Sweet Asian Pear Wine – ok

Coda Rosa
Peacho Grigio – good
Blue Moon Port – GREAT

Cream Ridge Winery
Sangria – good
Chocolateberry – GREAT

DiBella Winery
2008 Merlot – ok

DiMatteo Winery
Jersey Red – GREAT
Niagara – GREAT
Jersey White – GREAT

4JG Orchards and Vineyards
Chardonay 2009 – the first wine of the day i actually spit out!
Monmouth Blush – the second wine of the day i spit out and even worse than the first – two thumbs down!
Frappe Vino – the third wine of the day i spit out – i thought ‘third times a charm’… not so much

Four Sisters Winery
Niagara – good
Beaver Creek Red – good
Strawberry Sangria – not good at all, it tasted like there was dirt on the strawberries still

Heritage Winery
Jersey Red (Sweet Concord) – good
Jersey White – good
Blueberry – good

Hopewell Valley Vineyards
Merlot – good
Porto Bianco (White Port) – ok

Laurita Winery
Down the Shore White – ehh… kind of watery for my tasting
Relaxing Red – good

Old York Cellars
Malbec (the only type made in NJ!) – very GOOD

Plagido’s Winery
Chardonnay – good
Merlot – good
Chambourcin – good – a really interesting coffee/chocolate/berry taste

Renault Winery
Blueberry Champagne – yuck!
Chardonnay – not so great

Sharrott Winery
Unoaked Chardonnay – good
Just Peachy Sangria – GREAT
Summer Sangria – GREAT

Silver Decoy Winery
2010 Black Feather Chardonnay – good
2009 Merlot – good
Ugly Duckling Red – GREAT

Tomasello Winery
Red Raspberry Wine – good
Blu-Pom Wine – good, nice taste for a summer day
Blackberry Wine – good

Unionville Vineyards
Revolutionary Red – GREAT
Heritage White – good
Cool Foxy Lady – good – btw thanks to my SIL i learned a dessert wine is NOT a desert wine, thankfully before i ordered my sampling! :0)

Valenzano Winery
2009 Vidal Blanc – GREAT
Red, White & Blueberry Sangria – GREAT, i think im in love
“The Original” Jersey Devil Port – ok

Wagonhouse Winery
2010 Chardonnay – good
Orney Apple Pie – very good, tasted just like an apple pie!
Sweet Love – GREAT

halfway through my wine tasting adventure the crew left me to fend for myself, i guess they were ‘wined-out’ for the time being

so i picked up one of those neat lil wine glass holders, i fit right in with all of the other wine-crazed-people right away!

when will i ever use it again, besides at a wine fest, might you ask?!
err – making dinner last night – two free hands at all times and wine always close-by – SCORE
around the campfire – the dogs can’t spill whats around your neck
i’m sure i can find more uses for something that keeps the vino so close to the heart :0)

ps – check out what these guys do with old wine barrels, too cool huh?!

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ohhhhh seven seven X X

as i mentioned in friday’s post – i’d be heading to the Carton Brewing Company’s launch party at the Twin Light Taphouse to try out their new beers on tap… and try did i :0)

first up, which was just a sip from my bro’s glass, the 077XX – an East Coast Double IPA – and boyyy was it deeeeeeee-lish! the write up on their website describes it to a T:

since i already tried some of the IPA, i decided to get a pint of the Launch Golden Ale which was mighty tasty as well, they hit the nail on the head for a ‘summer beer to go with a burger’:

then i finished off the night in the 077XX department, because a taste from my bro’s glass was just not enough! i think i may have found my fave Carton Brewing Company’s beer – for now – check out THIS SITE to read about the three awesome beers they have a’ brewin’ away in their ‘Tippy’… my growler is patiently waiting to be filled :0)

in the meantime, get ur bumm over to the Taphouse (or check here for the other locations their beer is available) to try one out for yourself!

and check out my BEER PAGE for more flavorful bits of goodness

new brews from the ‘hood

i really love supporting local businesses – blame it on my entrepreneurial upbringing or what – i have a soft spot for them like no other!

i especially love hearing all about their stories … how and why they got started, and then seeing them succeed and telling everyone i can about them – too COOL

so without any further ado – check out this clip of the new guys on the block


they’re going to be highlighted at the Twin Light Taphouse (TLT’s site) tonight, with two of their feature beers on tap:

Launch Golden Ale
077XX – East Coast Double IPA

my mouth is watering just reading about their new blends… you know i’ll be there trying them out!!


expect some beer reviews and my weekend experiment in salsa and sauce jarring to come next week

back in time

i should have queued the twilight zone music on friday afternoon in preparation of the time warp that took place this weekend…

the party got started at our town’s classic fireman’s fair – they celebrated their 125th anniversary this year… pretty kewl huh!? and thankfully in the past 125 years, not too much has changed :0) just the way i like it

granted – i do enjoy me-self some raging coasters and the lights, gadgets and gizmos that some fairs offer, but it really is so humbling to be able to take a step back a handful of decades every now and then to enjoy the simpler things in life. classics like coin tosses and firetruck rides… and then there is the FOOD

i always try to make it for the double lobster night special. you betcha i thoroughly enjoyed every last bit of those two babies… the poor lobsters should have known who was coming for them! just shells and lungs were left behind, i gobbled up and dissected every last bite that i could, even the melt in your mouth rib meat – and who could leave out sucking the leg meat… mmmm i heart the lobstery GOODNESS!

the nostalgic party didn’t stop there though – saturday night was another flashback in time to the Wall Stadium Speedway… lots of reminiscing was done by the fam in the parking lot before the races got started – stories of our parents on dates in their high school years and whatnot, too cute right?! and this place hasn’t changed a beat since then either!!

i’ll be the first to admit, i am not too into the car racing scene, but this place is a freakin hoot to hit up regardless of that. car lover or not, i highly recommend taking your family and friends here for a fun saturday night.

between the people, the scenery, the sweet smell of burning rubber, the deafening sound of the cars whizzing by, the heat from the cars reaching you even high up in the stands… you can’t beat it!

the night was filled with races of the Legends, Minis, Street Stocks, Factory Stocks, and Modifieds. the competitive vibes that were flying through the air was priceless… and we were even lucky enough to sit right in front of a group of extremely entertaining people who had some family and friends in the races… mannnn did i learn a lot from them!!

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im not really sure what they had to do with car racing but the Ghost Busters were there too, providing some fun in between the races

and what is a race without crashes, right?
(besides their pride, no one was hurt)