Spring is a beautiful time of year to be in New Jersey… especially when wine is involved! When Ben and I visited my family in last month, we visited one of my favorite places in Jersey… Heritage Vineyards. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I’ve been frequenting Heritage for years. If you haven’t been reading this blog for a while, you might be thinking, “winery in NJ? Really?” Yes… Really. There are over 35 wineries in the Garden State, and Heritage is the best (In my opinion, of course…. and I’ve become a bit of a wine snob). In fact, their wine blows a lot of California vino out of the water.
Anyway, Ben and I met our friend Rich Heritage, director of sales and marketing, for some shooting and wine tasting. We totally lucked out because our visit overlapped the very short blossoming of the peach trees and there are TONS of them at the vineyard. We stopped at the tasting room, filled our glasses with some Cabernet Franc, and then headed outside just in time for sunset. I know… wine, photography, springtime… it all just sounds so awful!
Rich picked a perfect spot that overlooked a field of peach trees and I focused mostly on shooting panoramas. The colors were just gorgeous! Check out some of the shots below.
Once the light was dead, there was only one thing to do… drink more wine! We headed back to the winery and got to taste some barrel samples. It’s always amazing when you get to taste a wine in its “baby stages”, then again once it’s bottled, and then AGAIN when it’s peaking. I’ve been able to do that with a lot of Heritage wine, starting with their 2005 vintages, and I SERIOUSLY cant wait to taste what they produce in the future. But alas… wine is often all about the waiting game. (Which is why I’m not a winemaker. Patience is not a virtue I was blessed with!)
If you’re ever in South Jersey, pay Heritage a visit. You wont be disappointed. (They even do winery tours on weekends. I’ve been on so many of them I could probably give the tour myself.) Cheers! More to come…