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New Jersey Wineries: Old York Cellars in Ringoes

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

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A Wonderfully-Improved Alba Vineyard in New Jersey

I’d been to Alba Vineyard & Winery years ago, and walked away unimpressed.  There was a distinct lack of friendliness in the tasting room, and the wine I liked most at the time was a sparkling wine that Alba didn’t actually produce, just private labeled. Alba is a fairly new

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Last Bottle Wines: A Mixed Bag (or Mixed Case)

I’ve been a very steady customer of Last Bottle Wines (LBW), an interesting and fun wine sale and delivery service. The way it works is simple – you subscribe, and they send you emails–daily–with an offer of a specific wine that is supposedly at a moderate- to deep discount. You set up

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New Jersey Wineries: Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes, NJ

Jersey is actually home to some very good wines, but unfortunately doesn’t really enjoy that reputation among wine aficionados, at least as far as I can tell.  Having volunteered there in the past during crush, and knowing Unionville Vineyards’ winemaker Cam Stark, I went back this past Sunday to Ringoes,

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Jersey Restaurants: INC in New Brunswick, NJ

You’d think it would be easy to get a good whiskey sour in any decent restaurant. After all, it’s a pretty simple and very classic drink, right? Well, I’ve had more watery sours in the last year than I can count, from Chicago to New York and several places in

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Jersey Restaurants: Hotoke Restaurant–Hot or OK?

I dined at Hotoke in New Brunswick on Friday night for the first time since at least 2011. I’d remembered the place fondly, and it was wildly popular at the time, so I was anticipating a fabulous meal. Sadly, not so much. Laura and I started out with cocktails—she with

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Jersey Restaurants: Chez Catherine in Westfield

This tiny place in Westfield, adjacent to a highway-type franchise hotel, bills itself as “one of the best French restaurants in New Jersey.” That is nonsense. It’s got to be the best French restaurant in New Jersey. And one of the best of any kind. I had lunch here years

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The latest, outrageous #wine #fraud comes from Zhangzhou, #China, where cops seized 40,000 bottles of falsely-labeled wine and counterfeiting gear, including bottles labeled as #ChâteauLafiteRothschild and Australia's @penfolds. https://www.winespectator.com/articles/counterfeit-lafite-penfolds-seized-in-150-million-fake-wine-bust

There's a reason why gas and diesel still costs what it does: https://www.cnbc.com/2023/01/25/chevron-announces-75-billion-stock-buyback-dividend-boost.html

If you owned a #winery, would you hire an investment banker to make your wine? #Sonoma winery @HirschVineyards did--with nepotism, too--and it's working out great! @Esther_mobley gives us the story: https://www.sfchronicle.com/food/wine/article/jasmine-hirsch-winemaker-17743972.php

Not a bad list of #wine #trends, although some observers say #millennials and #GenZ-ers aren't taking to it the way Boomers and #GenX did: https://www.wine-business-international.com/wine/analysis/seven-wine-trends-watch

.@EricAsimov of @nytimes says American #Wine industry has an old people problem; I think it has a young people problem! Cites State of the Wine Industry 2023: more choices, poor #marketing, and need to message sustainability and social responsibility. https://nyti.ms/3Rr8qA1

More people-especially younger ones-are choosing to cut down or give up #alcohol entirely. Reasons are many, including health, safety, focus, less peer pressure. But some say alcohol "turns down" the pre-frontal cortex and increases creativity. Read more! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2023/jan/15/last-orders-how-we-fell-out-of-love-with-alcohol?utm_source=pocket-newtab

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