September 25th, 2011 – Unionville Vineyards

It was supposed to be a rainy dreary day but it turned out quite different. We picked up our produce from the farm stand at the Honey Brook Organic Farm in Pennington and made drove up Route 31 and through the beautiful little back roads of Ringoes. We were to meet up with a small group of food lovers for a wine tasting at Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes.

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We were the first to arrive so we had time to look over the tasting “menu”. Bhavana and I decided to share the first tasting between us. She decided to get a bottle of ,,, to take home. We were joined by Deboleena Dutta and here husband Ravi and their two kids. Deboleena gave up a sneak peak of two new condiments — delicious — she has created for HerbNZest. I think these can be paired with the wines from Unionville. After tasting eight different white and red wines — and one Riesling and dessert wine — we were taken on a tour of the winery by assistant winemaker Steve “Zeke” Johnson.

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Zeke gave us an overview of the differences production methods for white and red wines, about something called “the muck”, and the difference between new oak and French oak. Unionville prefers old oak which they buy from various wineries in California. I never knew wine making was so involved and detailed.

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After the tour we returned to the wine tasting room and tried another tasting with five different wines. “Zeke” was upstairs drinking his favorite and so we had a chance to talk to him some more about the wines and the vineyard. This is something I could definitely do again. We took home two bottles of wines — a red called “Cam Jam” and a rose called “Fields of Fire”.

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