Need a few moments of respite from the global health crisis? Consider ordering local wine and cheese delivered to your home from New York’s Backyard Garden—the rolling vineyards and farms of Central New Jersey, just an hour’s drive, or overnight delivery, from your doorstep.
“New Jersey is producing some of the best wines in the east,” wrote the Wine Enthusiast a couple of years ago. “New Jersey’s top estates are producing some of the best bottles in the east, on par with anything found in New York or Virginia.”
New Jersey is the Garden State for a reason—it’s farms and beverage makers have supplied the nation during wartime, the depression, and now pandemic. Visit DiscoverCentralNJ.com for the full story of New York’s backyard garden, and how farms are responding to local needs during the crisis.
UNIONVILLE VINEYARDS – The Unionville Vineyards team manages and sources grapes from six vineyards, spread across three Central Jersey counties. The range of soil types, macroclimates, and topography allows their winemakers to craft diverse wines that showcase the often-discussed and hard-to-define concept of terroir. They recently receive a 90 point rating from the Cork Report for their Cabernet Franc. Unionville offers a wide variety of wines for overnight shipment to New York via UPS. For free shipping on 6 or more bottles use the code “SHIPNOW” at checkout. There is also a 15 percent discount on a case when you use the code “CLUB15” at discount.
OLD YORK CELLARS – Boasting some of the oldest vines in New Jersey, Old York Cellars is located on the historic road between New York and Philadelphia. That fact won’t help UPS get Old York wine to you any faster, but it’s nice to know. Boasting a large selection of award-winning wines with something for everyone, the winery is open 12-7 pm daily for wine take-out & delivery. In addition to the winery, Old York Cellars also has a second location in the Quaker Bridge Mall. This location has a full restaurant and offers take-out of Chef Jose’s signature traditional Spanish menu, including tapas and paella. Guests can order food & wine for take-out or delivery. Shop online for a wide variety of wines, gift boxes, and other merchandise.
HOPEWELL VALLEY VINEYARDS – Owned by a couple hailing from Italy and Greece, Hopewell Valley Vineyards offers a distinctly European style of winemaking, complete with Sangiovese, Barbera, Vidal Blanc, and Spumante Secco wines. In light of the health crisis, the winery has increased its focus on wine available for online purchase and pick up or delivery. Locals can also take advantage of gourmet take-out, including brick oven pizza, salads, and desserts.
CHERRY GROVE FARM is a diversified, sustainable dairy farm and creamery situated on 480 acres of woodland, wetland and pasture in Lawrenceville making award-winning farmstead cheeses from grass-fed raw cows’ milk. Cheeses are made in small batches and aged on the farm, with attention paid to the craft of artisanal cheesemaking. Visit the online store for cheese and related products shipped to you.
BOBOLINK DAIRY & BAKEHOUSE near the Delaware River in Milford uses ancient, sustainable methods to raise dairy cows and make artisanal cheeses. Many New Yorkers have gotten to know Bobolink due to their presence at the Union Square Greenmarket. Because of the health crisis, they have expanded their online store offering to ship you gift baskets with cheeses, breads, and cured meats.
Self-care is an important part of combatting the COVID-19 crisis. Wholesome, local food and wine may be just the break you need—and Central Jersey’s farmers and vintners are here to help.
Visit DiscoverCentralNJ.com for more updates on how farms and craft beverage makers are responding as the COVID-19 story unfolds.