New Jersey growers help host the over 500 in attendance
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/10/2013 -- The many wineries across the state of New Jersey have converged on the Branches for the annual festival. The wine culture is ever-growing in the Garden State, and the industry has never been happier to see it.
Over 550 individuals latest wines from 22 New Jersey wineries that were each represented at the Spring Fever Wine and Food Tasting Festival. The annual event is hosted by the Garden State Wine Growers Association (GSWGA), which comprised of 39 of the 44 total wineries in the state.
Wineries brought six-to-12 wines for the festival goers and allowed them to try each, which were available for purchase by the bottle or case.
“I absolutely loved [the festival],” said Debbie Nikolayuk, of Gloucester Township, as she was toting multiple bottles of wine. “We were here last year and it was phenomenal so we wanted to come back.”
Organizer Kathy Bullock noted that last year's event was unusual, with nearly 1,500 showing up, but stressed the attendance cap had been added this year to keep the crowd manageable, given the venue.
Tina Carmano, of Long Branch, stated that she was at the festival celebrating her birthday and did not know much regarding the New Jersey wines.
“I learned a lot about New Jersey [wines]” Carmano said, noting the winery representatives gave her a lot of information. “I’m excited about it … I think New Jersey could go in a great direction here, it could be like California.”
Meanwhile, the spokesman for the festival, Tom Cosentino, stated that the Jersey wineries are maintaining the growth of the same crops as the California wineries, and that the batches easily match in flavor.
“New Jersey wines are starting to be recognized across the country for their quality,” Cosentino said, noting several wines have won blind taste competitions. “Most people don’t realize this is in their backyard.”
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