Next Stop Plagido’s Winery

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Some people look forward to the weekends to relax but I look forward to the weekends to sip though the South Jersey vineyards. As you can you can see from my photo above I visited Plagido’s Winery located in Hammonton, New Jersey. Plagido’s Winery was awarded New Jersey’s Winery of the Year in 2016 by The Garden State Wine Growers Association.

My favorite part about visiting Plagido’s Winery was listening to the history on how the farm land became a winery. Plagido’s Winery is named after Plagido Tomasello who arrived to the United States from Italy in the late 1800’s. Plagido Tomasello started his life in Hammonton, New Jersey as he was one of Hammonton’s first pioneer farmers. Today the farm has stayed in the family and the land as turned into a winery.

When I first walked into the tasting room, I wasn’t impressed with the decor. The tasting room was in the large warehouse which had a different feel compared to other wineries I have visited. I felt uncomfortable and wish this winery had more of a rustic romantic atmosphere like other wineries. There was only one outdoor patio which had a limited amount of places to sit to enjoy the vineyard scenery. Yet, that didn’t stop me from having an enjoyable experience. 

My wine tasting experience changed my perception of this winery and that has to do a lot with a staff who conduced my my wine tasting named Jasmine. Jasmine hasn’t been working Plagido’s Winery for very long, but you would never know . She is well education about the wines and answered all questions. She has a friendly personality and funny sense of humor which made my tasting at Plagido’s Winery so memorable. I explained to Jasmine that my taste palette is transitioning from sweet to dry wines. She respectful took that into consideration and only poured me the wines she thought I would enjoy. She was spot on. Here is a list of the wines Plagido’s Winery offers during a wine tasting. 

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 After trying many wines, Jasmine lead me into the right directions when taste palette sparked when I tried the Plagido’s Reverence. I had an instant connection towards this tasteful, light and refreshing wine. Jasmine explained the Plagido’s Reverence as  “our brenchmark semi-dry white wine with a delicate essence of oak and supple fruit”, said Jasmine. When visiting Plagido’s Winery keep your eyes out for this bottle, and make sure to try Plagido’s Reverence.

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When my wine tasting was finished, I purchased two bottles of Plaid’s Reverence wine. One to enjoy on the outdoor patio while watching the sunset distantly fade on the vineyards and one to enjoy at home.  By the time I was finished with my tasting, the live music was playing on the outdoor patio. A country, rock, and soul musician named Derek Crider was on the patio with singing by himself while playing guitar. I enjoyed his music very much and having live music made my experience at Plagido’s Winery very enjoyable. 

 

 

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Listen to Julianne Dean 2016 Food Truck experience at Laurita Winery

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Julianne Dean, 28, enjoying a glass of Barcelona Red wine at Laurita Winery in New Egypt, N.J., Saturday, November 12, 2016.  (Photo/Amanda Dean)

I continued my wine adventure over the weekend as I visited Laurita Winery located in New Egypt, New Jersey. On Saturday, November 12, 2016 Laurita Winery hosted their last Food Truck Festival of 2016. While attending this event, I had the opportunity to interview Julianne Dean who spends more time at this winery than at home on the weekends. Laurita Winery is Dean’s favorite winery located in South Jersey and has recently became a Laurita Winery Preferred Club Member. She first visited Laurita three years ago for her best friend’s bachelorette party. Ever since there she has been to Laurita for many different celebrations. Dean makes sure she goes with a bunch of her friends to Laurtia’s events throughout the year. Whether its girls night or date night, Dean makes sure she is available to enjoy an evening during wine. One of her favorite events Laurita host is their annual Food Truck Festival. Listen to this audio to find out why this event is her favorite. 

 

The Inspiring Alison Crowe

 

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Here is Girl and the Grape blogger, Alison Crowe. Here you can see Crowe smiling with a glass of wine she produced in her hand. She enjoys making wine for a living and write about her experiences. (Photo/ Alison Crowe)

This week I have the privilege to speak with a fellow wine blogger, Alison Crowe. Crowe is a winemaker who runs the wine blog, Girl and the Grape. Which was awarded 2014 Best New Wine Blog. The blog posts about winemaking, grape harvest and wineries located in Napa Valley, California. When speaking with Crowe, I was able to learn about the origins of her blog, her passion for winemaking, her personal experiences from running a blog, and so much more.

Crowe has always surrounded herself near the wine country as she grew up in a beach town called Carpinteria, California. Currently she lives with her two sons in Napa Valley in California, which is known to be the main wine growing region of the United States of America and one of the major wine regions of the world.

Crowe started to write her blog, Girl and the Grape in 2013 as a way to share “Winemaking, life & the dirt” with the public, and still writes today. She used experience as a wine writer when Crowe was an undergrad as an inspiration to start her own blog.

“I really saw so much that was crazy and intimidating about wine and I wanted to break it down and uncover some of the myths about wine for the general public. Being a winemaker is pretty cool and is definitely a unique job. I use my blog as a spot to share news, educations and my musings with the industry and the public. It’s a place to peek under the hood of the life of a winemaker, if one is curious to do so,” said Crowe.

Writing Girl and the Grape has open many opportunities for Crowe. One of the most interesting and an exciting aspect of running her own blog is the engagement she creates with other wine lovers. She feels connected to the wine community “When other winemakers, the wine-consuming public or other wine bloggers and engaged beyond just the increasing “Facebook shares” tall. Then I know I’ve reached someone and impacted their day,” said Crowe.

Crowe never faces any shortage of ideas for post because she lives and works in a beautiful, fun place. Taking pictures to populate content is so easy and convenient for her. Yet, Crowe faces not enough time in the day to update her blog as often as she would like to. “The hardest part is finding the committed time between making wine and running my house and family, to sit down and actually get a post done,” said Crowe.

Crowe as a blog writer believes that blogging can be part of traditional journalism but all blogs are definitely not journalism and apart of the world of digital content.

“Blogs can come in many shapes and colors and have a multitude of agendas.  Some blogs are purely brand extensions of retailers, wineries and institutions and are there to further that brand’s story and provide shareable content.  Some blogs are political and can be more like the opinion columns of the internet.  Blog readers should take a good look at the “about” section of any blog and do some background research on the source so they have an idea of that person’s preconceived biases, said Crowe”.

After speaking with Crowe, I am inspired to keep posting interesting and meaningful material to my blog after her impactful advice. “Find a voice, have a mission and go for it,” said Crowe.