I spent last Sunday at the East Coast Food & Wine Festival put on by Slow Food of Central New Jersey. It may have been called the East Coast festival, but this was a New Jersey event -- highlighting several of New Jersey's fine wineries and several eateries. I was very impressed with several of the wines I tasted -- much more impressed than I was expecting to be. If Slow Food of Central New Jersey choses to make this an annual event, I'll be back.
My friends Joanne and Amy enjoy a red from Laurita.
Gary Pavlis gave us a "30-Minute Wine Expert" talk. He taught about the 5 S's -- sight, swirl, smell, sip, savor. We had the opportunity to sit and eat with him for a bit after his lecture which was a real treat.
There was more than just wine at this festival. This shaved pork, corn bread and a salsa made with fresh ingredients looks delicious.
Award-winning winemaker John Altmaier from Alba Vineyard in Milford, N.J., took us through his selection of wines. I'm not a big fan of Reisling but his Dry Reisling was very good. I also enjoyed his Forbidden dessert wine and came home with a bottle.
I've learned that New Jersey bees produce some excellent honey. This Herbertsville Honey took Best of Show in the 2008 New Jersey State Honey Show.