Did you know that New Jersey has over 40 wineries throughout the state? Thanks to our weather and great soil, New Jersey becomes an ideal location for delicious wine making. I live in the middle of quite a few wine trails and for quite some time I have had visiting Laurita Winery in New Egypt on my “to-do” list.
This past weekend, a good friend was having a birthday celebration at the Irish Festival so I finally had a chance to spend the day at this beautiful place.
|The beautiful vineyard on a beautiful day!|
I met my friends in the main building, which was created by 2 old barn houses. What a beautiful building. On the patio there were picnic tables with umbrellas overlooking the vineyard. When you walked into the building, there was a large room with tables, perfect for a banquet or to enjoy your food and wine at one of their festivals. From there you walk into another room with a two large bars. There was also a few stations set up to enjoy a tasting of some dessert wines – chocolate & strawberry. Behind this area was a marketplace area. Considering the large crowd the Irish Festival attracted, the area held the crowd comfortably. It was time to choose our wine! I had no idea what to choose! I let the bartender know I like sweet, wine wines and she chose this for me:
|Barcelona White: Albarino style wine that easily compliments your food choices especially seafood. Fresh aromas of peach, apricot, citrus and jasmine provide for a semidry, lively fruit and mineral finish.|
I love wine, so I have drank a lot of wine in my time and although I do not consider myself a connoisseur in anyway, I personally felt this was by far the best bottle of wine I have ever had. I recently read that you have a better chance at finding a great tasting wine at a NJ Winery than you do by picking a random bottle of wine at a liquor store and after tasting the Barcelona White, I would completely agree.
|The Birthday girl Melissa and I. We loved how they used sand buckets as ice buckets. Being how the Winery was just 45 minutes from Long Beach Island, it was perfect.|
After we drank a little bit, it was time to head outside and explore the grounds. While I was enjoying some “me” time with my friends, my husband took our children over to the playground area. The playground was perfectly nestled in the shadiest area on the grounds, so it was perfect on this very sunny day. In this area too there were lots of picnic tables, where families had set up for the day to enjoy the great Irish music and food that was at the Festival. The kids enjoyed the Horse rides. There were also Cart rides as well with miniature ponies. These were $5 each, typical fare for a pony ride at these sort of events. This was my daughter’s first time on a horse without being scared, so I was excited for her because she always wants to do it!
Along the trail, some wonderful local vendors and artisans had set up shop for the weekend. There were things such as homemade sauces & dips, soaps, quilts and clothing to cookies and hand blown glass. There was something for everyone to look at.
|You can see the beautiful main building in the background|
|On top, the barn full of great antiques. On bottom, the trail of vendors and artisans|
I really enjoyed my day at the winery. The grounds just had a very charming, relaxing feel even among the crowd and noise. They have so many great events throughout the year – Pizza nights, Girl’s Night Out, Sunday Brunch and numerous festivals & fairs. The Vineyard is the perfect place for weddings and other private events as well. I told my husband I thought it would have made a great date location!
|Relaxing for a few minutes enjoying the day. I was told I HAD to try the Summer Sangria, so of course I had to! Delicious of course!|