Natali Vineyards located in Cape May Court House, New Jersey on route 47, held their 4th Annual Winter Blues Wine Festival. Both wine and blues music were featured, along with food from local eateries and a plethora of locally grown, delicious wine. It was $5.00 for tasting or $7.00 for tasting and a glass to keep, naturally I went with the $7.00 to keep a fabulous glass.
It was absurdly freezing. The tents were heated with a plethora of Natali’s wines for tasting and great music. The blues festival was worth the uncomfortable temps for the delightful wines.
I started with their Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine weakness of mine, it was a little bitter but finished with a full oaky flavor. It isn’t an easy drinking wine but is a quality wine and goes for $24.00 a bottle.
The next wine I tasted was the Meadows Edge Red also known as “Nono’s Cellar Wine” this was by far one of the most surprising wines I have ever come across. Meadows Edge smelled sweet and fruit forward, much like a fruit rollup–which I noted with an exclamation point–however it finishes bitter. It has a deep flavor and is smooth. They suggest pizza and pasta to pair the wine with, however I think it can be paired with a steak or burger. Meadows Edge Red goes for $18.00 a bottle.
The Sauvignon Blanc was my next venture, moving away from the reds offered, and I liked this one, but it certainly wasn’t a favorite. It was bitter and not what I expected the Blanc to taste like. I would be happy to give this wine another try, but it would not be my first choice from the winery. It goes for $19.00 a bottle.
Nona’s Cucina the newest wine, has a spiced flavor reminiscent of clove and finishes sweet. It’s a reisling-like wine, which was fantastic. I really enjoyed it and would be interested in purchasing a bottle for $18.00.
Now, on to my favorites of the day.
100% N.J. Banana Wine– this was incredible I was pleasantly surprised and ecstatic to try something so unique. This 15.9% av wine is absurdly good. Made from 100% bananas (what gave it away? the name?) was sweet, fruitful, crisp and felt sinful to consume. I would pair this with warm, nutty banana bread, peanut butter–anything, or some sort of chocolate dessert. A 500ml bottle will set you back $24.00 –well worth it.
Best. For. Last.
Captain Vinho’s Pirate Red Port– Finished and aged in whiskey barrels this port has a fruit-forward finish and whiskey undertones, perfect for sipping. One glass was certainly not enough. I kept calling it the “Captain Morgan of wines” due to the name and the easement of drinking (see photo above.) It was smooth, had mild cherry tones, and an aged oak flavor. Captain was by far the most expensive wine I tried all day, the beautiful bottle and even better quality of wine, makes the $26.00 setback worth it.