Summer is here and in full swing. In South Jersey, summer means enjoying some of the East Coast’s finest fruit, sandy weekends at the beach, and sipping on something refreshing in the evening. What are the best wines to enjoy this summer? Here’s what we’re cooling off with in 2022.
Blanc NU – Chardonnay | Auburn Rose Vineyards
Blanc NU is a refreshing, bright white wine with enticing aromas of the outdoors on a summer day. Fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks at Auburn Rose Vineyards, you’ll taste nothing except the clean flavors of the grapes & growing conditions of 2018. Blanc NU pairs well with delicate fish dishes, oysters, and green vegetables (asparagus, zucchini, fresh peas, artichokes). Perfect alongside a light summer dinner.
Sunset Sangria – Fredonia | Cedar Rose Vineyards
The drink that feels like a summer evening on the back porch. Made from 100% Fredonia, the newest member to the Cedar Rose family is sure to delight with bright, fruity notes of red berries. Sunset Sangria provides a clean, fresh, and sweet experience to its drinker. Best served as dessert, either alone or accompanied by chocolate and fresh fruit.
Jessica Rose 2018 – Vidal Blanc | Salem Oak Vineyards
Dry, crisp, and refreshing are the best terms to describe Jessica Rose. This Salem Oak wine is like a Sauvignon Blanc or “Champagne without the bubbles.” Perfect for a light, summery drink. Best served alongside chicken or fish, we recommend pairing it with these tangy, savory chicken kebabs.
Strawberry | DiBella Winery
We’re sipping on DiBella Winery’s Strawberry Wine poolside this year. Don’t miss out on a glass of this sweet wine made from fresh Jersey strawberries grown & nurtured at Dalton Farms. It’s no surprise that strawberries are best paired with chocolate. We recommend serving this wine alongside chocolate or delicate baked goods.
Nectarine Table Wine | Cedarvale Winery
We enjoy as much Jersey fruit as we can in the summer. That includes Cedarvale Winery’s light & juicy Nectarine Wine. This crisp white wine is made with local nectarines, and features subtle notes of peach as well. We recommend pairing this delicate glass with a charcuterie board. Think provolone, brie, green grapes, and French baguettes.
Grüner Veltliner 2019 | Bellview Winery
From Bellview Winery, this Gruner Veltliner is an Austrian varietal that displays abundant notes of golden delicious apple, lime zest, pear, and greens. Hints of white pepper and a brisk acidity make this a great pairing for a wide variety of dishes. We recommend pairing with a light & herbaceous foods, such as Pho or Vietnamese spring rolls.
Cabernet Franc Rosé | Terra Nonno Winery
Summer wine does not have to mean sweet wine. We recommend Terra Nonno’s Cabernet Franc Rosé for a summer twist on a classic wine. A dry, light-bodied wine with a refreshing, savory taste. Easy drinking and easy on the palate. It’s a perfect match for vegetarian dinners, such as grilled vegetables, lentil soup, or Mediterraneén food.
Rosé Estate | William Heritage Winery
This dry rosé vintage from William Heritage brings flavors of strawberry and goji berry, aromas of bubble gum and white pepper. This rosé offers a mineral and juicy mouthfeel that delights the senses. Best paired with sushi for an easy & exciting summer dinner.
Best Wine in New Jersey
Summer in South Jersey is about experiences. Discover some of the finest wineries, breweries, and distilleries New Jersey has to offer along the Two Bridges Trail. We’ll take you everywhere from historic towns to lush landscapes to find your new favorite drink. Plan your trip today.