Where Wine and Beer Meet: Cider

It’s the middle of harvest and we all have been rather busy with picking grapes and the numerous wine festivals this time of year. All that being said, I never got to write a blog for last week…  

So without further ado: Cider

While I was at Cornell, one lecture was devoted to the topic of apple cider. One point brought up was, “What exactly is cider? Would you call it a wine or would you call it a beer? It doesn’t really fit either category…”

Cider, to me, is where the brewing world and the wine world meet. It is sold like a beer, often with crown caps, carbonation, and generally has the same alcohol level as a beer. From the wine end the apple juice is fermented like any other fruit wine, just with a shorter fermentation since there is less sugar in apples. The line really blurs when one starts to consider carbonation, some cider is flat like most wines others have CO2 like most beers. Legally though, cider is simply fermented apple juice with a final alcohol level below 7%.

Enough of that debate though; let’s get into what makes a good cider. Surprisingly, the answer is sharp (highly acidic) apples. Well, a blend of those and sweet apples. Most of a good cider’s structure comes from the acid that found in the sharp apples. Too few sharp apples and the drink feels watery and flat. Too many sharp apples will produce a cider that will make someone pucker in an instant. The key is finding the right blend of sweet and sharp apples.

Lastly, I’m proud to say that our Artisan Orchard Cider, just released this past weekend, is my first creation as a winemaker! I hope you enjoy it.

-Brian Tomasello 4th Generation Outer Coastal Plain Winemaker Tomasello Winery

 

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Grand Harvest Festival

As the festival season starts to wind down we here at Tomasello Winery are thankful for all of you who have come out to support us. This weekend we are headed to the Garden State Wine Grower Association’s Grand Harvest Festival. As some of you may know this event was originally scheduled for October 3 and 4. However the weather changed our plans but it didn’t dampen our spirits. We are now going to celebrate in grand fashion!

The wineries that will be there include us at Tomasello Winery, 4JG’s Vineyards, Auburn Road Vineyards, Cava Winery, Chestnut Run Farm, DiMatteo Vineyard, Four Sisters Winery, Heritage Vineyards, Hopewell Valley Vineyards, Monroevillle Winery, Old York Cellars, Plagido’s Winery, Salem Oak Vineyards, Sharrott Winery, Valenzano Winery, Ventimiglia Vineyards, Villa Milagro Vineyards, Villari Vineyards and Wagonhouse Winery. It’s going to be a very big festival. make sure to stop by and try our Broomstick Brew, Spiced Apple Wine, or Cranberry Moscato.

There will also be entertainment and bands both days of the festival. On Saturday October 24 Sassfaction, a six piece dance band. On Sunday The Heartbeats will be playing their dance music. There will also be presentations over the course of the two days. Presentations include themes like wine pairing, cocktail making, and wine education.

Along with the entertainment will be great food from Carolina Blue BBQ, Cherries on Top, Empanada Guy, Momma’s Meatballs, and Pure & Simple Flatbreads. Perfect for grabbing a bite with that bottle of  Tomasello wine you bought!

Join us Morristown NJ at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm Saturday October 24 and Sunday October 25 from noon to 5pm. You can find tickets HERE. We can’t wait to celebrate the harvest with you.

Autumn Wine Festival at RiverWinds

Why do we love Fall so much? Is it the crisp and cool air? Do we love the colors that nature paints the leaves of trees? Or is it the crunch of said leaves under our boots? Whatever the reason we love Fall we spend every opportunity we can to celebrate it.

This weekend we at Tomasello Winery will be celebrating Autumn at the Autumn Wine Festival at RiverWinds. In West Deptford NJ we will be there with some of our Fall favorite wines like Broomstick Brew and Spiced Apple.

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There will be several wineries in attendance at this festival; Tomasello Winery (us), Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery, Cedarvale Winery, Chestnut Run Farm, Coda Rossa Winery, DiMatteo Vineyards, Monroeville Vineyard & Winery, Plagido’s Winery, Sharrott Winery, Valenzano Winery, Villari Vineyards, and Wagonhouse Winery.

Along with great wines there will be a few eateries in attendance including Carolina Blue Smokehouse, Empanada Guy, Star of the Sea, and So Jersey Mobile Cafe. There will be two bands performing over the weekend. On Saturday SassFaction will be playing and Sunday Right Turn at 40 is on deck. It will be great to hear great local bands while enjoying wines. Lastly 13 artisans and crafters will be in attendance ready to share their beautiful handmade wares with you.

We hope you can join us. The RiverWinds Autumn Wine Festival will be in the RiverWinds Community Center 1000 RiverWinds Dr. West Deptford, NJ 08086 from 12-5pm. Gates open at 11:30am and you can get your tickets HERE.

Chatsworth Cranberry Festival

As we get further into the fall season the harvests are ripening and ready to be picked. Our beloved state of New Jersey isn’t called “The Garden State” by accident. In fact New Jersey’s fertile land is what makes Tomasello wine so delicious. However, grapes aren’t the only crop that thrives in Jersey soil.

This time of year cranberries are ripe in their bogs and ready to be harvested. The town of Chatsworth, NJ celebrates this harvest with their annual Cranberry Festival. The entire small town becomes filled with artists, crafters and vendors selling their wares and displaying their beautiful art. There will also be a band.

Most importantly Tomasello Winery will be there and we like to celebrate New Jersey’s cranberries in our own special way. Both our cranberry wine and our cranberry moscato wine will be there for you to taste and enjoy. The Cranberry Festival is always has a full crowd so we have a handy map showing where we are.

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Where we will be

For those who know Chatsworth we are at 3993 Country Road 563. It’s the main road through town so make sure to look for us. The festival is from 9am-5pm Saturday October 17 and Sunday October 18. We can’t wait to see you!

Tomasello’s Night at the Opera 

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.

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