Beer, Wine, and Booze · Day Trips

Coda Rossa Winery

Last year, I thought I had the highly original idea of taking our mothers to a local winery for Mother’s Day. We would taste everything, buy a bottle to open and sip outside, and bring a picnic lunch. While it was a good idea, it was not that original. In fact, it wasn’t original at all: the Garden State Wine Growers Association has thrown a lot into making Mother’s Day the perfect day for visiting a local winery; events even begin on Saturday. So much for originality.

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This year, it was Coda Rossa’s turn, which we learned of from our East Coast Wine Class. While the winery does make wines using California grapes, they also make many wines with New Jersey grapes grown primarily at the winery with some brought in from nearby farms. There were the requisite fruit wines, yes, but Coda Rossa also makes some very interesting reds. My favorite, and the one I took home, was a Cabernet Franc.

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After a thorough and comprehensive tasting (all in the name of research), we unpacked a picnic of flatbreads from Wild Flour Bakery, dips from Talula’s Table, and “savory eclairs” from Market Day Canele (all purchased in a rush to the Headhouse Market this morning); we opened a bottle of Pinot Grigio on the patio; and we looked out over the vineyard and enjoyed a warm Spring afternoon in the sun.

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Happy Mother’s Day.

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