Back in June, I wrote about a stop at Cream Ridge Winery and how much I enjoyed drinking wine produced in the Garden State.
Today, I made a return visit to Cream Ridge, enhanced by the always lovely company of my girlfriend, and we hit two other New Jersey wineries, as well.
The last time I stopped by Cream Ridge, I picked up American Merlot, Riesling and Gewurtzraminer. I enjoyed all three, particularly the latter two. On this visit, we were both big fans of the Kiwine (Chardonnay with Kiwi flavor — I know it sounds hokey, but it’s really, really tasty) and the Fredonia (a really unique red).
Our second stop was Laurita Winery. This place is absolutely gorgeous. You really feel like you were transported to Napa Valley, even though you’re much closer to the New Jersey Turnpike than the Pacific Ocean. Both the tasting room and the vineyards were beautiful.
We enjoyed everything we tried at Laurita but actually took home the Classic Chardonnay (exactly what it sounds like), the Chambourcin (a red and my favorite wine of the day) and the Tailgate Red (a very tasty table wine).
Our final stop was Silver Decoy Winery, as charming for its tiny tasting room as Laurita was for its palace. We liked a few Silver Decoy selections, too, but were especially taken with the 10 Maréchal Foch, another outstanding and different red wine.
All in all, it was an excellent day. We left Hoboken just before noon and were back by a little after 5 p.m., including a quick tour at Cream Ridge. Everyone at all three wineries was very friendly and helpful. And everything we bought was both reasonable and good.
Next up, hopefully soon: Long Island.