In my continuing quest to visit and support New Jersey wineries and the state’s wine industry, I recently visited Old York Cellars in Ringoes.  Old York is a small winery – only about 3,600 cases a year, which in Napa would be the rough equivalent of a “garage” winery.  Previously it operated as Amwell Valley Vineyard, which was first planted in 1978 but closed in 2005 and reopened under its new name in 2010. An interesting thing I've noticed about some New Jersey wineries again reared its head when I saw the wine menu, and counted 1, 2, 3…16 wines, including a “Port” made from Marechal Foch, a white “Port” made from the virtually-unknown Vignoles (also known as Ravat 51),…

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Port is one of those wines - often made fun of and not well-understood. Many people who drink dry table wine, especially with meals, think Port is a "silly" sweet wine, too foreign, or just something old men drink around a fire with cigars while telling war stories. Hey, great idea - and I have a couple war stories! Truth is, Ports are rich, they can be spicy, and don't have to be "make-your-fillings-ache" sweet. They are a perfect way to end a meal, or just great for an afternoon treat, with or without cigars (It's never a good idea to smoke if you really want to taste your wine). And it's not just an old man's wine! There are…

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