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The "South Jersey Foodie" is Nicole Pellegrini, sometimes known as sockii. She enjoys life as a writer, artist, webmaster, crafter and avid food-lover living in some of the last vestiges of active farmland in Gloucester County, New Jersey. She shares her home with her partner David, a podiatrist in Woodbury NJ and their six cats: Peanut, Norman, Sammo, Mischief, George and Benny.
I believe in enjoying life - and that includes enjoying as many different kinds and styles of food as possible. I am an omnivore with a personal passion for small, sustainable, ethical farming and natural foods. I have little patience for the "Food Police" or those who advocate that one dietary plan is the only "right" one for everyone. Find your personal balance and conscience; make food a joy in your life - that's my motto.
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Driving back home from visiting family this past weekend, I realized my route would take me just past Cava Winery and Vineyard in Hamburg, New Jersey. Pulling in at Cava, I found a very large facility with a spacious tasting room/restaurant/bar inside. But it wasn’t really the tasting room experience I was expecting or used to at most of the other vineyards and wineries in New Jersey, New York and elsewhere along the East Coast that I’ve visited to date.
Heritage Vineyards was recently named New Jersey’s “Winery of the Year” by the Garden State Wine Growers Association, and after visiting them it is easy to see why. This family-owned and operated winery has over 40 acres of vineyards, planted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Grenache & Sauvignon Blanc. With so many wine grapes grown on the premises, it is no wonder they produce so many award-winning wines (blended and single variety) here.
On a sleepy road in rural Sussex County, New Jersey, one finds Ventimiglia Vineyard tucked away on a quiet farm path. Owner Gene Ventimiglia and his wife began making handcrafted wines using traditional methods in 2006, and invite visitors in to sample their current offerings on weekends (there is a $5 tasting fee).