Corks are produced from the bark of a cork tree, in the Quercus species. These cork trees can be harvested every few years. Removing the bark off of the trees does not harm them in any way; additionally a new layer of bark will form meaning the cork is a renewable resource. The majority of corks used for wine are produced from trees that grow in Portugal, Spain, France, and Italy. One benefit to cork is the slight bit of air that passes through them over time. This allows older wines to breath. The main drawback to natural corks is cork taint, a bacterial issue in the cork, which makes the wine inside the bottle smell like wet dogs or old wet cardboard. This has been limited though since corks are screened numerous times between the cork tree growers and the cork producers. To keep a natural cork working correctly a bottle must be inverted so the cork stays wet, otherwise the cork will dry out.
Screw-caps are small metal shells that go over the opening in a bottle and twist off without the need for an opener. The main advantage for a screw-cap is the assurance of no cork taint. The down side is the lack of airflow across the closure over time; which is not beneficial to wine that should be aged for numerous years. Screw-caps are the main form of closure in Australia and New Zealand as high quality corks were difficult to obtain when these wine regions started to take off in the late 70’s and early 80’s.
Happy Week (6 days) before Thanksgiving everyone! We here at Tomasello Winery love Thanksgiving for 2 reasons: First we have our November sale which you can use to stock up on wines for your Thanksgiving dinner. Our Winter Chill White, Ranier Red, Cranberry Moscato, Cranberry Wine, and 2013 Outer Coastal Plain Sangiovese are all on sale for 25% off until November 30th. Second the weekend after Thanksgiving is Holiday Wine Trail Weekend! Instead of spending black Friday running through the streets and standing in lines at crowded malls, spend the weekend with us. It’s a great way to unwind before the Holiday season gets into full swing and old Jack Frost starts nipping at your nose.
There are so many great reasons to visit us during the Holiday Wine Trail. For starters we can help you cross a few people off your Christmas list with our great gift baskets. Each basket features two wines and other treats and goodies to go with them. Another reason to visit us is that we have grapevine wreaths and cork ornaments for those who stop by. The ornaments are handmade and perfect to adorn your tree but you better come in early because we only have a limited supply so get them while supplies last. All 3 days from 12-5 we will have a chocolate fountain in our Palmaris room. We repeat, a chocolate fountain. It’s so nice that we just had to say it twice. What goes better with wine than chocolate? On Saturday and Sunday we will have live music from 1-4. Lastly on both Saturday and Sunday from 12-4 we are having tapas and burgers made to order at our tapas and burger bar! We know that you’re going to have a full day so not only can you come in for a wine tasting but you can have some lunch before you head out for more shopping. We can’t wait to see you then!
Sounds of music fill the air and lift your spirits as you sip the exceptional wines and enjoy decadent food. An experience that awakens your senses and delights your palate. Did you know that at Tomasello Winery we hold several opera galas throughout the year?
In February, May, October and December the halls of Tomasello Winery are filled with the sounds operatic arias. Each of the songs selected reflect the season of the gala whether it be the crisp and cool fall or the jovial holiday season. Our talented artists have performed in many premier opera houses around the country and have graciously lent their voices to our winery.
Not only will guests get the unique experience of hearing operas but the evening is coupled with an exquisite dining experience. Four courses of a gourmet meal expertly paired with Tomasello Winery’s finest wines. It is a feast for the senses and a wonderful way to enjoy your time visiting Tomasello Winery’s beautiful crystal ballroom.
Did you know there are still 4 left before the end of 2015? First up are our Harvest Galas October 11 and October 18. Then our Holiday Galas December 6 and December 13. These events are very popular and our December 6th Gala is completely sold out. The matinee galas start at 2pm and last about 4 hours. Each event is $75 per person and you can find tickets HERE.
Have you ever wanted to experience the beauty of the Hammonton Tomasello Winery Crystal Ballroom while enjoying a decadent dinner? What if we told you not only could you do that but you can purchase our wines for 25% off? How much would you expect to pay for such a fabulous event?
Well good news! For only $18.95 you can join us for our Wine Down Pasta Dinner. This is the second time we have done this event and we are very excited to do it again. The dinner is served buffet style and there will be plenty to enjoy.
Your dining experience begins with a lovely mixed green salad with blue cheese, apples, walnuts and a balsamic vinaigrette. Next you will be able to choose between 5 different pasta dishes; spaghetti alla carbonara, potato gnocchi with mushroom garlic creme, fusilli with red clam sauce, farelle with asparagus aioli, and lasagna bolognese. Lastly a sweet trio of ice cream for dessert.
Doesn’t all of that sound delicious? If you were at our last wine down pasta dinner you know how much of a treat the event is and you should come join us again. If you haven’t been this is a great opportunity to enjoy a delicious dinner with us. We are hoping to do a pasta dinner several times every year.
If you would like to reserve a spot you can either call 800-mmm-wine or go HERE and buy tickets online. We can’t wait to see you there!
Welcome friends and wine lovers to the first of many blog posts from Tomasello Winery’s The Vine. At Tomasello we love many things: wine, food, a good party and our fabulous customers. We want to be a part of your lives. Yes you can stop at one of our seven tasting room locations and our main winery and taste our delicious and award winning wines. But we want to use this blog to show you how Tomasello can be a part of your every day. This blog is like talking to your best friend and asking them what they think about wine. This will be a lot of fun for you and us.
Now you’re probably wondering what fun things we have planned. Well we don’t want to go into too many details (it’ll spoil the surprises). However there are a few things we can share. How many of you like to cook or would like to learn how to cook? We want to show you how to incorporate our wine into your cooking with fun and easy recipes. Who here loves a good party? We want to show you how to throw fun holiday parties and fun “just because” parties too!
One of the best things about our main winery in Hammonton is our brand new grand ballroom. The Crystal ballroom is great for our beautiful in house events, your events and weddings. We want to tell you about our great events, for example we have a fabulous Palmaris wine and steak dinner coming up (more on that soon). Make sure you get the inside scoop on what events we are dreaming up in the future. We also want to highlight past events so even if you can’t make it to our ballroom in Hammonton you can still be here in spirit.
Our biggest hope is that you will get involved with this blog. If you email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell us about any events you plan with us or your fabulous weddings we will try to highlight them here. We love weddings here at Tomasello and with this blog we can talk about how we can help make your day extra special.
So please join us every week to see what Tomasello Winery says next. We are very excited to talk to you and become a part of your family. You are our customers and friends and we love you. Cheers!