New Jersey might be the “Garden State” but winemaking has never been its claim to fame. But Janet Giunco, owner of Monmouth County’s Four JG’s Winery in Colts Neck, NJ has been producing wines that can make all New Jerseyians proud.
If you haven’t tried any of Janet Giunco’s Four JGs wines, it’s time to think about visiting this lovely winery with a Colonial farmhouse tasting room that dates back to the early 1700’s on Sunday, September 25, 2011— 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. to taste and celebrate the harvest season and latest releases.
For this celebration, you’ll be able to spend a delightful afternoon walking through Monmouth County’s largest vineyard sipping estate wines and learn how grapes are grown. You will also get to see how different varietal’s (chardonnay, chambourcin, vignole, cayuga , etc.) grapes look, feel and taste like prior to harvest.
The Cayuga White 2010 will be officially released on September 25.
“It was to be released on the weekend of August 27-28. But Hurricane Irene came along and ruined all our fun, so we are releasing it on our Walk through the Vineyard weekend.” Ms. Guinco said. “The 2010 vintage is a little sweeter version of this wine. I like this grape. Cayuga White, named at Geneva in 1972, is one of the most productive and disease-resistant varieties grown in the eastern U.S.” she continued.
When asked to describe the wine, she said “The wine is semi-dry, light, and fruity. Cayuga has a sensational aroma of apples with a hint of melon. It makes a great summer sipping wine and great compliment to salads and cheeses. You have to try some!”
Another favorite, Vignole 2010, brings to mind green apple and citrus with the first sip. It’s a semi-dry white wine with an elegant finish. Vignole makes a perfect aperitif that stands up well to cheeses and snacks. To reinforce her point Ms. Giunco commented, “The Vignole was released and was an instant hit on Mothers’ Day Weekend. It’s the tasting room favorite in the blue bottle…get your case quick because this wine doesn’t last long!”
Four JG’s will also release the long-awaited estate grown Chardonnay 2010 on September 25. This is a well-balanced, fuller-bodied Chardonnay with tropical fruit notes and a crisp acidity and smooth finish. “That’s the good one you and other wine tasters tried from the barrel last spring!” she reminded.
If you do decide to attend, you’ll also be able to tast Chambourcin and their award-winning Cabernet Franc.
Admission is free and no prior reservations are needed. There is a cover charge of $5 for wine tasting which includes treats and a take-home souvenir glass.
Four JG’s Orchards & Vineyards is located at 127 Hillsdale Road, Colts Neck, NJ 07722.
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