By Matt Goldstein
According to a recent report on NPR, the soil in South NJ is very similar or in fact the same type of soil as in Bordeaux France, one of the greatest wine regions, if not the greatest wine region in the world. With the expansion of vineyards all over America and recently NJ, it’s very possible that New Jersey Vineyards can make the same quality of wine as in France. Of course there are generations of experience, reputation, accolades, awards that New Jersey has to compete with but the fact remains that competition is possible. New Jersey wines have a long way to go but they are now available throughout the world. Our cousins actually bought a bottle of New Jersey wine on the honeymoon in Italy, which was in fact recommended by the waitress in a small Italian eatery on the outskirts of Rome.
On reputation and legend alone, it will be impossible for New Jersey to be considered as good as France, at least for the next generation or so. However, if New Jersey can recruit big name winemakers and big name wines to craft and grow their wines in New Jersey, it would be one step in creating their own legend. Big names create more big names as well as international contests, gold medals and international access. Recently we enjoyed a Cape May Winery Merlot which can compete with many merlots on the world stage. Article coming soon…