The very first thing that stood out to me on Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery’s website was their tagline, ‘Everything Matters’. Do I read into that too much like I usually do? The message is simple yet profound. It’s the truth with in life. And for many, life is wine, and wine is life. I just got a little deep on you too, not lighter.
This is my first every winery visit in the great state of New Jersey and I’m glad this was it. Across this post you’ll see a lot of photographs. I felt like a tourist. Well I was a tourist. But I wear my heart on these things. The winery is just as important as the wines being poured themselves. Everything matters.
I was there at a quieter time of day, which can feel lonely, but not necessarily. There’s comfort in solitude. Several folks were having a glass and some snacks at a table inside. And periodically, their wines were being purchased for consumption later. I live near a few wineries myself. If I gave myself more of an opportunity I would get them directly from the source, and no middle man. Doesn’t get any better than that.
A huge thanks to Bo from the winery, who conducted the tasting. Since it was just the two of us, the conversation was a bit more laid back than if it’s in a group setting. The tasting also took a bit longer than you would think. I was enjoying myself and not in a rush to go anywhere.
Well… There was a show down the road that wasn’t happening for a few hours. So there was that. Speaking of which, I found out the owners and I share a common musical taste.
Before I go on a tangent, there is a point to all this. If you see my tasting sheet, and you scroll down, you see the Rosalita. Captain obvious would tell you that’s the bottle I took the go. Well, unless there’s quite the exception, I buy one bottle to go from a winery. I feel there’s a principle. However, I went with another. You can see my tasting list below :
Instead of going down the entire list, I’ll just mention a few that stood out. The rest are quite accessible, with a brilliant video recap of each bottle.
The Eidolon with its blend of Chambourcin and Merlot is powerful red blend which I think gives more of the former and a little lower on the Merlot. Which a year ago I would have welcomed. But I’ve grown to love Merlot, so a blend of the two is fantastic. Chambourcin has been steadily one of my favorite grapes over the years, so this is ideal if you’re into one or both of these grapes.
The Kind of Blue is blueberry dessert wine made only of blueberries. I love this concept. Blueberries have plethora of health benefits. Turning this into a wine seems like icing on the cake or in this case, dessert. This is a grower. My palate doesn’t match a wine like this just yet. People will love this wine, during the Summer and all year round.
The Rosalita is slightly sweet but not in your face. This is a good Rose, but I wanted to love it more, just for the name alone. These past few months I’ve become a lover of Rose’s and this would easily be a part of my a collection. The dichotomy of this not having too tangy a taste and a little candy apple make this a winner but this was not my favorite of the bunch. I would put this in the upper tier of the wines I samples.
As more my palate changes, the more it stays the same. The American Red Winemakers Blend was one for the books. I tend to overreact with my facials and a twist of my body when a wine really does something to you. This was one of those. And of course there’s Cabernet Franc, which still stands as my favorite grape to this day. Mix that with another one of my fave’s, Cabernet Sauvignon and this is gold. Only listed at $15, this tastes double that amount. That might be a stretch, but this is tremendous. How is this only $15. Well the synopsis mentions it’s a medium blend with soft tannins. It tastes a bit fuller to me, but as Bo and I discussed, what’s in a wine is all in the power of suggestion. That’s what make this so fun. Did I mention this is the one I bought?
Speaking of which, what I failed to take photos of, was one of my bonus pour. It was the Give Peach A Chance which tasted like the skins of a peach. Maybe a bit too sweet for me but the flavor as there. And again, this is a wine many have and will continue to adore. I love the bohemian style logo on the label.
They have lots of fun events coming up. They have a restaurant within the winery as well. What’s not to love? The scary thing is that even though it seems so far away, it’s only an hour or so from many of us in the Baltimore area. I will be back. It’s just a matter of when.
I hope you got a glimpse of what the ins and outs of the winery, literally. And enjoy the pictures!