Cream Ridge Winery
Cream Ridge Winery
145 Rte 539
Allentown, New Jersey
Phone: (609) 259-9797
Contact: Tom Amabile
“The Art of Enology”….. the name of the company I founded 54 years ago! I called it that because I considered winemaking to be an art, and not merely the science of winemaking. It is true that if you take a bunch of ripe grapes, crush them, and leave them in an open container, in a week or so you will have wine. This phenomenon takes place in the ripe grape because it has all of the natural ingredients you need, in the almost perfect proportions, to make wine. Most grapes have the right amount of sugar, pectin, nutrients, water, acid, color (from the skins) and yeast, found on the bloom or wax of the grape, to naturally ferment those grapes into wine. It gets to be a little more complicated than that when you’re dealing with most Labrusca’s, some French-American Hybrids, few Vinifera’s, but especially difficult when you’re dealing with all fruit and berry wines. Cranberries, red raspberries and cherries tend to be the most difficult because of their high acid contents.
Let’s deal briefly with cherries, for it has earned for us the very prestigious New Jersey Governor’s Cup four times since 1991 for being a gold medal winner and the best wine/fruit wine in the state. When we buy cherries, we purchase 6,000 pounds of fresh picked New Jersey grown Mountmorency cherries from Larchmont Farms in Mount Laurel. This particular variety of cherry not only makes the best cherry pie, it also makes the best cherry wine because of its nutty, almond overtones. We label our cherry wine in Italian as Ciliegia Amabile. Ciliegia meaning cherry and Amabile being our family name, in winemaking terms means lightly sweet. So we have a cherry wine, lightly sweet. You have to try it! It tastes just like grandma’s homemade cherry pie.
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