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Guide: A few wines from the Vintage Atlantic Wine Region

Categories: Food and Wines Articles - Sunday, 21 September 2014


At Bellview Winery in Landisville, it's the dandelion wine that gets people talking.

It's a family recipe that's over 60 years old," said Sofia Zych, events manager at Bellview Winery. "The owner's great aunt used to make it every spring. He actually learned how to make it from her ... we say he 'interned' with her."

The winery uses 250 pounds of hand-harvested dandelions each spring to make the popular wine, Zych said.

Owned by James and Nancy Quarella, people that sample the dandelion wine at Bellview usually buy two bottles, Zych said.

"We try to get everyone to taste it. It's very unique," she said.

But what exactly does it taste like?

"It's reminiscent of green tea. It's fresh and has an herbal taste. And as it ages, it kind of takes on a honey flavor," Zych said. "It still has that tea aspect ... it's like black tea and honey."

The oldest vintage Zych has sampled was one bottled in 1984.

"It was phenomenal. It was the best wine I've ever tasted," she said.

Now that South Jersey vineyards are a part of a larger wine region known as the Vintage Atlantic Wine Region, sampling some of their vintages could be a fun way to spend the weekend.

Below is a guide to just few of these wineries' vintages.

At Bellview Winery, a popular sweet red is the Fiesta. Looking for a sweet white? Try Nana's White. And dry whites include the Traminette or Jersey Devil White.

More into dry reds? Try the Cabernet Franc or Chambourcin. They also have several fruit wines. They sell bottles of blueberry, cranberry and black currant wines.

Auburn Road Vineyards in Pilesgrove

Sweet red — Blessington, a sweet red blend with juicy grape flavors

Sweet white — Dulcinea, a sweet white wine made from Niagara grapes

Dry red — Eidolon, a dry, deep, flavorful red blend of Chambourcin and Merlot and also try Good Karma and Rustica

Dry white — White Bottle

Fruit wine — Give Peach a Chance, a blend of sweet peaches and crisp white wine perfect for sipping

Natali Vineyards in Cape May

Bill Billosi, manager of the tasting room at Natali recommended Nonno's Cellar for a dry red.

More dry reds — Cedar Hammock and the Cabernet

Dry White — Sauvignon Blanc and Nonna's Cucina

Sweet red — Captain Vinho port

Sweet white — Riesling

Fruit wines — Banana, which Billosi suggested pairing with peanut butter, and they also have a Beach Plum wine that's very popular, he said.

Heritage Vineyards in Mullica Hill

Sweet red — Jersey Red, a ripe and juicy red wine blend that has flavors of raspberry and concord jam with a semi-sweet finish

Sweet white — Jersey White, a Riesling, Chenin Blanc and Moscato grape blend that's semi-sweet. They also have a Jersey Moscato that's sweet.

Dry red — Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

Dry white — Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc

Fruit wine — Peach, Jersey Apple, Jersey Blueberry and seasonally, Jersey Sugar Plum, a favorite during the holidays.



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