Winner of several NJ Wine Competition awards, including 2010 Winery of the Year, Tomasello Winery has been owned and operated by three generations of Tomasellos since 1933. Today, the founder’s grandchildren teach their children the family business on a 70-acre winery, nestled in the Outer Coastal Plain AVA. The historic wine-growing area’s rich soil and sunlit fields produce not only flavorful reds and whites, but also unique sparkling and fruit vintages. In five tasting rooms scattered across the state, fans can sample the Tomasellos’ wines, from the semi-sweet Winter Chill white to the full-bodied blackberry wine, a tasty ingredient for sauce reduction. Tomasello winery also ships wine directly to 17 states.
At Wine Legend, owner Mahesh Lekkala and his team of wine enthusiasts introduce oenophiles and first-time sippers to sundry varietals from around the world. The shop’s selection features a massive inventory of reds and whites from Italy, France, Australia, and California. Wine Legend’s consultants help patrons pair wines with meals or tiny ships to build inside the bottles. Wine tastings are available in the shop on Saturday afternoons and can set up tastings at offsite events in homes or offices, paired with house-prepared platters of cheese, crackers, and breads.
The Wine Room of Cherry Hill spotlights more than 25 Californian grape varieties, which guests handcraft into their very own batches. Under the tutelage of winemaking pros, students de-stem and crush the fruit, then learn to press it with authentic Italian wine presses. Finally, each batch is ready to be poured into bottles adorned with customized labels, which guests may opt to purchase and take home.
Besides winemaking, The Wine Room plays host to a variety of events—from food and wine seminars to private birthday parties—in a reception area inspired by a Tuscan courtyard.
Amid a 22-acre estate, Heritage Vineyards's grape grapplers craft award-winning wines and pair them with sumptuous finger foods. Visiting pairs can choose a lunch dish and a glass apiece from the grandiose wine list. Sip the 2007 cabernet sauvignon, which comes tinged with a deep crimson hue and flavors of cherry and currant, or the Jersey blush, a semisweet concoction that can be smeared on the cheeks to express embarrassment. Meanwhile, the newly released 2009 chambourcin has been aged for 14 months in French-oak barrels and brandishes a complex bouquet of tastes. Or find matches for your wines without filling out 30-page questionnaires by scanning the lunch menu, which pairs the wines with compatible cheese-laden fare such as the warm pepperoni-and-cheese bread or the baked brie, formed with a fig spread and served with sesame crackers.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Wine
Alcohol: Wine Only
Delivery / Take-out Available: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
What’s the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
Best fruit wines.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
We have an excellent selection of both dry and semi-sweet wines. We offer many fruit wines including Nectarine, Cranberry, Apple, Blueberry and Cherry. Our whites include Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Our Estate Gruner Veltliner. (Only two wineries in New Jersey grow this grape.) Our dry reds include Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
All of our fruit wines are made with 100% fruit. We do not add any artificial favors or coloring.
Importing varietals from an Italian winemaker more than 120 years old, Multinational Wines transports palates across the pond to the sun-drenched hills of Tuscany. The shop's meticulously curated collection of vintages includes full-bodied merlot, a floral pinot grigio, and a chianti wholly uninspired by The Silence of the Lambs.