Burlington County Times: Uncorking the History of Garden State Wines

published by Melissa Hanejko on November 6, 2016

What comes to mind when someone thinks about New Jersey? Well, home, of course, for those fortunate enough to live here.

But across the country, New Jersey is known for quite a few things. Beaches, the Pine Barrens, the turnpike, wine … wait, wine?

Well, New Jersey may not nationally known for its wines — in fact, it may not even be regionally known — but that is slowly changing. New Jersey has made a splash in the world of wine in recent years, ranking seventh in the nation in wine production. For a small state, that’s quite an accomplishment. With almost 50 wineries, there is a lot of learn, and a lot to smaple.

Discover the wine country in your own backyard on Tuesday November 15th at 10 a.m. as “Wines in the Garden State: Past, Present and Future” is uncorked at the Medford Leas Theater.

John Cifelli, the general manager of Unionville Vineyards in Hunterdon County, will share his knowledge of the state’s history in the wine industry, and what he sees in its future. As the executive director of The Winemakers Co-Op, Cifelli has his finger on the pulse of the area’s wine trends, and is in involved in the national promotion of New Jersey’s fine wines.

Learn about the types of wine produced in the state, and which commonly grown fruits are used in addition to grapes. Find out how these homegrown wines are perceived nationally, and what awards they have won.

Closer to home, discover Burlington County’s own wineries, including Valenzano Winery in Shamong, and Iron Plow Vineyards in Mansfield.

The lecture is offered as part of the Medford Leas’ Pathways to Learning Series, which provides educational and entertaining programs for residents of the retirement community and the public. Located at 1 Medford Leas Way, the community contains active adult housing as well as assisted living.

It’s time to pop the cork on New Jersey’s best kept secret.

This event is offered free of charge, though prior registration is required. To register, call 609-654-3588 or email by Nov. 7.

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