Monday, June 24, 2013

North American Wine Roads - New Jersey - Cape May

This past weekend we spent a couple days in the seaside Victorian laced community of Cape May and found a plethora of local wine and beer options courtesy of theCompass mobile app - and our hotel bar at the Inn of Cape May. They were pouring an IPA from the Cape May Brewing Company, whose operations are located near the small airport just outside of town. And we found other CMBC offerings at various restaurants around town - particularly their Pale Ale. Along with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery from across the bay and an occasional Flying Fish Brewing Company, there was enough local craft beer options to satisfy my tastes.

Moving to wine, it seems most of the area wineries specialize in the standard Bordeaux varieties as well as in emphasis on several Italian varieties. For instance, if arriving from the Lewes ferry, check out  Turdo Vineyards & Winery, located in North Cape May, and produces single varietal Barbara, Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, Nebbiolo, and Nero D'Avola. Yes, Nero D'Avola - one of only two wineries to produce wine from this Sicilian grape. Cape May Winery is also situated close to the ferry terminal and maintains a large portfolio within four brands - including an Albarino and Pinot Noir.

If arriving from the North, you have three options to choose from:Jessie Creek Winery, Natali Vineyards, or Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery. Natali showcases several more Italian varieties such as Nebbiolo and Dolcetto as well as the Spanish Tempranillo. Hawk Haven offers a range of wine from Gewurztraminer and Viognier to a few Bordeaux blends.

Finally, any trip to Cape May must include a visit to the Cape May Lighthouse and close by is
Willow Creek Winery. They too produce an interesting collection of wines including a seafood friendly Malvaisia Bianca and Sauvignon Blanc.  As you can see, a pretty good choice of drink local wine and beer options in Cape May, New Jersey.  Cheers

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