NJ Wines for Easter: Hop to It!

If you’re still on the lookout for Easter wine ideas and are local to a Garden State vineyard, here are a few recommendations to consider!

Heritage Vineyards 2013 Brut SparklingEvery holiday is a celebration, and celebration calls for sparkling wine! This wine presents a nose with orchard fruits and yeasty notes, following with baked apple and brioche on the palate. This tight bead bubbly showcases plenty of acidity, keeping each sip fresh and exciting. ($50)

Unionville Vineyards 2014 Eureka White Blend: This estate-grown blend of traditional Alsatian varieties, Riesling and Gewurztraminer, balances green apple, lemon oil, and petrol perfectly on the tip of the tongue. ($19.95)

Beneduce Vineyards 2014 Blue 2 BlaufrankischAlthough the grape is a mouthful, and perhaps lesser known that Pinot Noir or Syrah, this medium-bodied, spicy red will be a favorite with ham or lamb, showcasing plenty of blue and black fruits. ($28.99)

Hawk Haven 2014 Signature Series Cabernet Franc: You can’t talk about New Jersey wine without considering Cabernet Franc, and this Outer Coastal Plain AVA beauty from the Cape May Peninsula is a great representation. Rich, earthy, and round, this Franc showcases blackberry and currants, and the tannin or pithiness reminiscent of red apple skins. ($39.95)

Alba Vineyard 2014 Estate Pinot Noir: A perfumed nose of dried red and purple flowers, with cherry, blueberry, and blackberry flavors showcasing a rich core of wild, brambly fruit. Elegant and expressive, drink this with almost any classic Easter dish. ($25)

 Thanks to John Cifelli, executive director of the Winemakers Co-Op.