My girlfriend Pat and I went to Springfest Flower & Garden Show at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, N.J. this year. Springfest, which happens every March, is a small flower and garden show with a big heart; I always look forward to touring the sunny conservatory stuffed full of spring blooms; it shakes me out of my winter doldrums. In addition to flowers, gardenscapes, lectures and educational exhibits, Springfest attracts some fun vendors. This year Hopewell Valley Vineyards, a Pennington, N.J. winery, was there; at its table, located hard by the garden café, you could purchase a glass of wine to drink while you ate your lunch or sip as you walked the show.
Pat, kind and generous, offered to buy us each a glass of wine to sip as we walked. I hesitated, then smiled and nodded a “yes.” Then I had instant misgivings. Why? I’m a proud supporter and booster of most things New Jersey. Except our wine. It’s not that I haven’t sampled some. I have. Some. Okay, a few. It’s more like I haven’t found one I like enough to drink again. Help me out here. I like white wine. Pinot grigio, in particular.
I eyed the wine selection with trepidation. Nice choices: cabernet, white merlot, chamborcin, vidal blanc and pinot grigio. Whoa! Back up! Hopewell Valley Vineyards has a pinot grigio! I smiled and ordered a glass! That’s when I noticed an autism awareness ribbon printed on the wine label; proceeds from the sale of this pinot grigio benefit an organization called Autism Intervention.
I put the glass to my lips and took a sip. Peachy! Tasty! It reminded me of pinot grigio I sipped in Italy!
Bravo, Hopewell Valley Vineyards! Both for the tasty wine and your community spirit.
When I got home I was curious to find out more about Hopewell Valley Vineyards so I visited the vineyard’s website. Mmm. It sounds like a great place to visit on a summer weekend with its live music, brick oven pizza and views of the vineyard. Have you visited? And what did you think?