Article by Ashley Rowe, Blogger of www.njwinewithme.com
If you're looking for something to do to celebrate Valentine's Day, you have more than a few options. The Garden State Wine Growers Association is presenting another Valentine's Day Chocolate & Wine Trail Weekend throughout the state at participating wineries during the weekends of 2/7 and 2/14. Many of these wineries will be adding their own special touches to this event, including food and music. NJ wineries are busier than usual during these weekends. However, they expect to be busy and they tend to be accommodating to the extra volume.
Here are some wine trails for you to consider in order of North to South. I listed wineries in addition to those that belong to the Wine Growers Association, because they may also have special events going on.
Sussex County Wine Trail
Warren County Wine Trail
Hunterdon County Wine Trail
Mercer & Monmouth County Wine Trail
Burlington & Camden County Wine Trail
Gloucester & Salem County Wine Trail
Atlantic & Gloucester County Wine Trail
Cape May County
(If you select a wine trail, verify the wineries hours before visiting.)
There are more Valentine's Day related events, in addition to the wine trail weekends. On February 7th, Haddonfield is hosting Haddonfield Uncorked . This town was historically a dry town. They recently passed a law allowing them to sell NJ wines in retail establishments. Visit Haddonfield's downtown shops to purchase bottles of wine and gifts for Valentine's Day.
On February 13th, Beneduce Vineyards is hosting their 3rd Annual Tuxedo Release and Valentine's Day Dinner. This event features fine wines paired with gourmet fare. Guests are encouraged to dress in black and white attire. Reservations are required.
On February 14th, you'll find more special Valentine's Day events. Four Sisters Winery is hosting another Murder Mystery Dinner and Wine Tasting. Willow Creek Winery will be presenting a special Valentine's Day Dinner, which will feature 5 courses paired with their wines. Cream Ridge Winery is hosting Wine and Cheesecake. Their wines are perfect for a cheesecake pairing. Renault Winery Resort & Golf is offering a special package to complete your weekend. Their package includes room, dinner, breakfast, wine tour and tasting.
With the exception of the wine trail weekends, keep in mind that many of these wineries and events require reservations for their special events. Whatever you decide to, have a good time with your beloved friends or partners. Enjoy!
Ashley Zito Rowe writes for the WANTED Analytics blog, Analysis, and her wine blog, NJ Wine with Me. Ashley's articles and insight have been featured on or cited by Forbes, HR.com, ERE, American Staffing Association, Philly.com, GetOutsideNJ, and Hometown Quarterly. She is also a Marketing Manager for WANTED Analytics, focusing on customer and social media engagement. When Ashley isn't researching hiring trends or drinking NJ wines, she's likely to be adventuring somewhere in NJ, painting something, or watching Disney movies.
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