How do i reserve a Private Party Tent for WINEFESTNJ ?

That is the question, isn’t it?  The reason most people don’t know the answer is because there are less tents available than people who want to rent one. For this reason we make the process to acquire one a little obscure.  This tends to weed out the people who only ‘kinda want a tent’ vs. the people  ‘who really, really need a private party tent to host their WINEFESTNJ party’.  With that said, the process is as follows:

Sometime in January (maybe February or March) we will send out an email newsletter providing the date that WineFest Private Party Tents go on sale.  On this date, Private Party Tents will go on sale on our website and will be sold on a first come / first served basis.   This may be done at a weird time.  Last year it was at midnight on a Sunday evening.  Again, we do this to make your chances of acquiring a tent much higher.  Most likely tents will sell out the same day that they are released.

The only way to receive this email is to sign up to receive our newsletter or to ‘like’ our official facebook page.  You can do this by entering your name in the signup box on our homepage at www.valenzanowine.com.  We will also make one Facebook post about the Private Party Tent sale day at www.facebook.com/valenzanowinery .  This provides 2 methods for you to stay informed about the sale.

As usual, we retain the right to change our policies at any time regarding WineFest and other public events.  We may even go so far as to change the text in a post that you thought you read to something completely different, which you will have no definitive way to tell has been changed – screenshots withstanding.  Of course we will try not to do any such thing; but, we just want you to know, it is a possibility.  Our only goal at WineFest is to provide the best possible experience for the most amount of people possible.

For more information please visit www.winefesnj.com

Tartaric Acid (Wine Diamonds)

Tartaric Acid (Wine Diamonds)

I opened a bottle of wine and there were crystals around the bottom of the cork and the bottom of the bottle.  What is this?

This is crystalized tartaric acid, affectionately known by industry professionals as “wine diamonds,” or tartrates.   These crystalline deposits form in wines when potassium and tartaric acid, both naturally occurring products of grapes, bind together to form a crystal. Tartrates are scientifically known as potassium bitartrate, which is the same thing as cream of tartar used in cooking. They are completely harmless and natural. The formation of wine diamonds is less common in red wines, as their level of tartaric acid is lower, and crystals tend to fall out naturally during the longer barrel-aging process.

Why do wine diamonds form?

Tartrates are a normal byproduct of wine as it ages—but if the wine is exposed to temperatures below 40°F, wine diamonds can form within one week of a wine bottle’s exposure to extreme temperatures. It is these chilly conditions that make the tartaric acid compounds in a wine naturally combine with potassium to form a crystal. Why does tartaric acid remain in wine? All wine contains naturally occurring organic acids (malic and tartaric acids being the primary ones).

What methods are used to remove tartrates?

Winemakers employ a process called cold stabilization to remove tartrates from wine before it is bottled. Many producers do use this technique for purely aesthetic reasons with the hopes of eliminating wine diamonds

Do tartrates affect the quality of the wine?

No. The presence of tartrate crystals is viewed by many winemakers, sommeliers and academics as a sign of quality, indicating that the wine was not overprocessed. Wine crystals never impart an unpleasant taste.

How do you identify wine diamonds?

Potassium bitartrate can resemble crystalized sugar granules or crystal shards as they fuse together. They may appear as a powdery white substance at the bottom of a wine bottle. The crystals can also stick to the bottom of the cork.

How can tartrate crystals be avoided?

Delicate white wines that offer a suggestion of new oak, a hint of malolactic fermentation and a moderate approach to cold stabilization should be stored at 55 to 60°F and only chilled down to 45 to 48°F just prior to serving to mitigate the formation of crystals. When possible, wines should not be stored in refrigerators overnight that maintain temperatures lower than 45°F.

How should I serve wine that has tartrate crystals?

If wine diamonds appear on a cork, simply wipe them away with a cloth. If their appearance in a glass is disagreeable to the consumer, decant the last quarter-bottle of wine, leaving any crystals behind. Pouring through a cheesecloth is also acceptable.

Holiday Hour Announcement

 

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RULES AND TIPS FOR A GREAT WINEFEST EXPERIENCE

The 15th year of WineFest will be held on September 17 & 18, 2016.   Our goal is always to make this event more fun, more entertaining and more comfortable for our family and guests.  If you are new to WineFest below is a list of policies that have been put in place to ensure the most amount of visitors have the best possible experience.  Following this advice will ensure that you have the best possible experience at WineFest 2016.  We look forward to your visit! 

Be sure to post photos at #winefestnj
Visit our new WineFest website at www.winefestnj.com

  • There are currently 2 ways to purchase tickets.  1)  By visiting the winery before September 16th between 11-4pm.   2) At the gate the day of the event.  There are no online sales for this event.
  • We have a lot of parking but it is limited.  We do not charge for parking at our property.  If our lot fills up – and it might- you may park at neighboring fields.  These fields are not owned by us and will charge a small fee for parking.
  • WineFest is a ‘rain or shine’ event.  We don’t let the chance of a few showers ruin our plans.  You shouldn’t either.
  • Admission is CASH ONLY.  We do not accept credit cards at the gate.
  • Getting to our festival site from the south end of Old Indian Mills Rd. is always the quicker route.  Tuckerton road is the route most traveled.
  • Busses and Limos – Pull down the main driveway (even if the lot is filled up).  If you arrive after 1:00pm this entrance will be 100x’s more convenient for your guests and will be much quicker access to the festival.  Please do not drop your guests off on the road!  
  • There are 2 entrances. One is by our main parking lot.  This can only be accessed by customers parking in our main lot.  The second entrance is just off of Old Indian Mills Rd.  Only visitors parking at our neighbor’s lots can access this entrance.   No pedestrians will be permitted to walk down our main driveway.  If you park north of our farm you must walk to the southern roadside entrance – not down the main driveway.  If our driveway is not full use our main parking.   Do not park on the side of the street. Parking on the street will cause an unnecessary long walk and will take you longer to get onto the property.
  • Even though our family and staff are very friends to dogs; pets are not permitted at this event due to past incidents.
  • Remember wine tasting is offered gratuitously by our participating wineries.  Your ticket is for entrance to the festival grounds and entertainment.   As always – if you have never tried Valenzano Wines – we invite you to visit our tasting room during regular business hours 7 days a week for a complimentary wine tasting.  We will offer you a one-on-one tasting with a knowledgeable wine representative who will walk you through our selection of wines and help you find the perfect bottle to match your tastes.  You may find this a more comfortable setting for wine tasting.  If you get this out of the way you can spend more time enjoying the music, atmosphere and company at WineFest 2016.  Regular business hours are Monday-Friday 11-5, Saturday and Sunday 11-4.  We encourage you to visit for a complimentary wine tasting.
  • Outside alcohol is not permitted other than wines produced by Valenzano Winery. There will be plenty of wine to purchase at the festival but we also allow customers to bring in their own selection of Valenzano Wines if those wines are in sealed, original bottles.  We will have a giant tent with a full staff and multiple cash registers for wine purchases.  Credit cards will be accepted at 2 registers; cash will be accepted at 4 registers.   The cash line is always quicker.
  • We are working on getting an ATM at the event but mobile ATMs do not always perform at large festivals.  Most food vendors and crafters will only accept cash.
  • Tents, and beach umbrellas are not permitted.  Tables larger than 20″x20″ are not permitted.
  • All visitors over 21 must have valid state driver’s license, passport or military ID.  Over-21 guests will be given a designated wrist band indicating their age.
  • NJ State Troopers will be patrolling the festival to ensure that only visitors with an over-21 wrist band are consuming wine.  NJ State Police ensure us that there will be no tolerance for underage drinking.
  • Bring a corkscrew!
  • Bring a lawn chair – lawn blankets are discouraged.  We have no problem with lawn blankets if they are being used.  Our customers do have a problem with unattended lawn blankets laid all over the property.
  • Keep hydrated.  All of our vendors will be selling water and you can purchase bottled water for $1.00 at our wine sales tent.
  • Keep an eye on your children.  We have had several ‘lost kid’ incidents at festivals and it is never fun.  Luckily our security has always done a great job and reuniting kids and parents.
  • Our post-festival employee party will be stocked with all the confiscated alcohol we catch visitors trying to smuggle into the festival.  You are welcome to try – but the people searching are the ones who plan on drinking later that evening.  It’s not likely they are going to miss something – especially if it’s a good bourbon, Kettle One, or cold Jaegermister.  One More Bar and Grill and Pic-A-Lilli play a big part in the organization and execution of this event.  They will be open after the show so save your ‘non-wine drinking’ till then.
  • Please drink responsibly.  Valenzano Winery has been hosting this event for 15 years and our crowds are always the best!  Please continue this tradition of responsible beverage consumption.  Our trained staff will do its best to ensure that there are no incidents, but that can only be done if our customers are drinking responsibly as well as looking after their friends and family.
  • Designate a Driver!  After the festival there will be a lot of traffic with a lot of pedestrians.  Be sure no one under the influence has a chance to get behind the wheel.  NJ State Police will be monitoring activity in the parking lot after the festival.
  • We put a lot of effort into ensuring there is always a great selection of food trucks and food vendors at WineFest.  Supporting these local food vendors is the best way to ensure they keep coming back.
  • Please post pictures to #winefestnj .  You may win a prize or possibly a VIP tent for next year’s event.

Our staff at Valenzano Family Winery puts an enormous amount of effort into planning our festivals.  Our goal is always ‘to provide the best possible experience for the largest number of visitors’.  We are not perfect; we will anticipate incorrectly or forget something that should have been obvious.  We assure you that when these things become evident – we will recognize our mistakes and plan for it the following year.  One thing we are very proud if is the fact that every event we do is better managed, more entertaining, and more comfortable than the previous year’s event.  This is only possible because our amazing customers consistently give us the benefit of the doubt, and understand their best interest is our ultimate goal.  We have had 15 years to perfect WineFest – and it is going to be a wonderful event!

With that said – if something about the festival still drives you crazy to the point that you are compelled lay into us – please do so at [email protected] .  I have this email set to forward all emails daily to my brother at 10:00pm, just before he goes to bed.

 

Sangria Competition Results & Recipes

First Place: #18

Second Place: #10

Third Place: #1

Fourth Place: #16

Fifth Place: #15

Sixth Place: #11

 

 

 

#1 Steve’s Sangria

4 pts Blackberry Syrah

2 pts Raspberry Riesling

2 litre Rasberry soda

3-4 slices of lime

1 pint of raspberries

1 pint blueberries

1 pint blackberries

(pinch of sugar to taste)

 

#2 Joey B’s Sangria

2 pts Vidal Blanc

1 pt Raspberry Riesling

2 pints of raspberry

6 tbsp of caramelized sugar

1 cup of lime juice

3-6 Palo santo wood stix

 

#3 Rachel’s Sangria

3 pts Peach Pinot Grigio

1 pt Lemon Lime Soda

2-3 Peaches

1-2 Lemons

1-2 Limes

2-3 Mangos

Mint leaves

 

#4 Julie’s Sangria

3 pts Shamong White

½ cup of water

½ cup of sugar

4-5 Grapefruit slices

1-2 pts Blood Orange juice

2-3 orange slices

2-3 lemon slices

Small amount of jalapeno peppers, to taste

 

#5 Lauren’s Sangria

1 pt Plums Up

1 pt Shamong White

1 pt Sprite

3-5 assorted stone fruits (plums, peaches, nectarines, etc) sliced liberally

 

#6 Moschetti Sangria Recipe

4 parts Chardonnay

3 parts pureed watermelon

3 parts pureed cucumber

1 pt simple syrup

1 pt club soda

Mint leaves

Watermelon & cucumber pieces sliced for garnish

 

#7 Laura’s White Sangria

4 pts Sauvignon Blanc

¼ cup of honey

2 peaches – sliced

¼ cup strawberries – sliced

¼ cup blueberries

2 tbs peach nectar

Top with club soda

 

#8 Kristie’s Sangria

4 pts Shamong White

2 pts Peach Pinot Grigio

6-10 frozen strawberries

1 pint frozen blueberries

1 pint frozen raspberries

6-10 orange slices

 

#9 Johnathan’s Sangria

4 pts True Blue Blueberry

2 pts Plums Up

2 pts Shamong White

1 pint blueberries

1 pint blackberries

1 pint raspberries

 

#10 Pooh’s Tropical Honey Pot

4 pts Honey Wine

1 pt White Cranberry wine

1 pt pineapples water ice

1 pt Looza Mango juice

Grenadine

Sliced Fruit (assorted)

 

#11 Dawn’s Tasmanian Sangria

4 pts Jersey Devil Port

1 lb black cherries

6 blood red plums

2 pts Mountain Dew

 

#12 Angelo’s White Sangria

4 pts White Sangria

3-4 pears

2 pints strawberries

2-3 kiwi fruit

1 whole honeydew sliced

 

#13 Peggy’s Delight

3 pts White Sangria

2-3 Pureed Kiwi fruit

1-2 Cantaloupe Sliced

 

#14 Al’s Red Rush

4 pts Red, White & Blue

2-3 Apples

1-2 Cantaloupes sliced

 

#15 Mike Salamon

3 pts Peach Pinot

1 pt Shamong White

Fresh Pineapple

Fresh Mango

Fresh Peaches

Frozen Coconut Water

Club Soda

 

#16 Nancy’s Jersey Devil Sweet Tea

1 Batch#1

4-C Pure Leaf Sweet Brewed Tea

1 Lime

1-2 Limes

3-4 Peaches

1 pint Raspberry

 

 

#17 Danny & Lynn’s Sucker Punch

1 pt Vidal

1 pt Shamong White

3 pts Organic Lemonade

2  pineapples

2 limes

6 Kaffir lime leaves

Topped off with San Pellegrino Limonata

 

#18 Pagano Very Berry Sangria

1 pt Blackberry Syrah

1 pt Shamong Red

Blackberry & Raspberry reduction

2 pts mango puree

 

#19 DCE’s Peach Melba

1 pt Peach Pinot Grigio (chilled)

1 pt Black Raspberry Sparkling Soda (chilled)

2-4 tbsp Raspberry Syrup

Combine peaches & raspberries, press juice and drain into pitcher, then wrap fruit into cheesecloth and let soak in the sangria

 

Fireworks Festival Policies and Tips

Valenzano Winery’s Independence Day Fireworks Festival will be held on July 3, 2016. Below is a list of our polices that have been put in place to ensure the most amount of visitors have the best possible experience.  Also included are some tips if you are new to festivals at Valenzano Winery.

  • All visitors must have pre-purchased tickets.  There are no tickets available at the gate.
  • We have a lot of parking but it is limited due to the acreage allotted for the fireworks safety range.  We do not charge for parking at our property.  If our lot fills up – and it will – you may park at neighboring fields.  These fields are not owned by us and will charge a small fee for parking.
  • Our parking lot at opens 4:15pm. We will not allow vehicles on the lot prior to this time.  Remember – you must have a printed ticket to be able to park on our parking lot.
  • There are 2 entrances. One is by our main parking lot.  This can only be accessed by customers parking in our main lot.  The second entrance is just off of Old Indian Mills Rd at the southern end of our property.  Only visitors parking at our neighbors lots can access this entrance.   No pedestrians will be permitted to walk down our main driveway.  If you park north of our farm you must walk to the southern roadside entrance – not down the main driveway.
  • Only customers with advanced printed tickets will be permitted to parking in our main parking lot.  Please display your tickets upon entering the parking area.
  • Pets are not permitted at this event.
  • Remember this is the only event we host where there is no wine sampling.  Logistically it’s just not possible.  As always – if you have never tried Valenzano Wines – we invite you to visit our tasting room during regular business hours 7 days a week for a complimentary wine tasting.  We will offer you a one-on-one tasting with a knowledgable wine representative who will walk you through our selection of wines and help you find the perfect bottle to match your tastes.  We would love to do this for you since it is not something we can offer during the fireworks festival.  Regular business hours are Monday-Friday 11-5, Saturday and Sunday 11-4.
  • Outside alcohol is not permitted other than wines produced by Valenzano Winery. There will be plenty of wine to purchase at the festival but we also allow customers to bring in their own selection of Valenzano Wines if those wines are in sealed, original bottles.  We will have a giant tent with a full staff and multiple cash registers for wine purchases.  Credit cards will be accepted at 2 registers, cash will be accepted at 4 registers.   The cash line is always quicker.
  • We are working on getting an ATM at the event but mobile ATMs do not always perform at large festivals.  Most food vendors and crafters will only accept cash.
  • Tents, umbrellas and tables larger than 20″x20″ are not permitted.
  • All visitors over 21 must have valid state drivers license, passport or military ID.  Over-21 guests will be given a designated wrist band indicating their age.
  • NJ State Troopers will be patrolling the festival to ensure that only visitors with an over-21 wrist band are consuming wine.  NJ State Police ensure us that there will be no tolerance for under age drinking.
  • Bring a corkscrew!
  • Bring a lawn chair – lawn blankets are discouraged.  We have no problem with lawn blankets if they are being used.  Our customers do have a problem with unattended lawn blankets laid all over the property.
  • Keep hydrated.  All of our vendors will be selling water and you can purchase bottled water for $1.00 at our wine sales tent.
  • Keep an eye on your children.  We had a lost child a few years back which caused a 30 minutes delay to the start of the fireworks display.  Be sure you know where your kids are before the sun sets.
  • Bring a flashlight!  Our lights will take a few minutes to get up to full power after the display. Having your own flashlight will come in handy.
  • Our post-festival employee party will be stocked with all the confiscated alcohol we catch visitors trying to smuggle into the festival.  You are welcome to try – but the people searching are the ones who plan on drinking later that evening.  It’s not likely they are going to miss something – especially if it’s a good bourbon, Kettle One, or cold Jaegermister.  One More Bar and Grill and Pic-A-Lilli play a big part in the organization and execution of this event.  They will be open after the show so save your non-wine drinking till then.
  • Please drink responsibly.  Valenzano Winery has been hosting festivals for 15 years and our crowds are always the best!  Please continue this tradition of responsible beverage consumption.  Our trained staff will do its best to ensure that there are no incidents, but that can only be done if our customers are drinking responsibly as well as looking after their friends and family.
  • Designate a Driver!  After the festival there will be a lot of traffic with a lot of pedestrians.  Be sure no one under the influence has a chance to get behind the wheel.  NJ State Police will be monitoring activity in the parking lot after the festival.
  • Like any big sporting event or concert – there will be a line of traffic exiting the festival.  It may take 30-45 minutes to get out of parking lots and onto the highway.  We have a traffic plan in place to reduce this time as much as possible but no amount of planning can make our country road any wider.  We ask that you are prepared for this.
  • If you were unable to get tickets before they sold out you may still be able to park at one of our neighboring fields and watch the fireworks display.  We are not affiliated with these neighboring fields nor to do we take responsibility for what they are offering.  They can however provide a great view for the fireworks display.

Our staff at Valenzano Family Winery puts an enormous amount of effort into planning our festivals.  Our goal is always ‘to provide the best possible experience for the most amount of visitors’.  We are not perfect, we will anticipate incorrectly or forget something that should have been obvious.  We assure you that when these things become evident – we will recognize our mistakes and plan for it the following year.  One thing we are very proud if is the fact that every event we do is better managed, more entertaining, and more comfortable than the previous year’s event.  This is only possible because our amazing customers consistently give us the benefit of the doubt, and understand their best interest is our ultimate goal.  We have had 16 years to perfect WineFest – and it is awesome!  This is only our 5th year hosting Fireworks so we still have a lot to learn before we can claim to host a perfect festival.

Voice of Business Award

Valenzano Winery Voice of Business Award

Valenzano Winery Voice of Business Award

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Private Party Menu – Thursday Night Dinners

Below is our house menu which is available for your private party on Thursday evenings.  Private events during any other date must acquire menus and pricing from our caterers listed at www.valenzanowine.com/hosting 

Large Party Menu

 

 

 

Contact [email protected] to make your private party reservation.

 

 

‘Bramble On’ Raspberry Wine Back In Stock

Our 2015 ‘Bramble On’ Raspberry Wine was released on March 8, 2016.  This wine is made from mostly red raspberries.  The previous vintage was made from mostly black raspberries.  The fruit and juice was noticeably lighter in color this year.  We feel it has the same distinctly rich raspberry taste as the previous vintage but you will notice the wine is more ‘red’ as opposed to ‘black’ in color.  There is a very limited amount of this wine available and will most likely be sold out by summer.  It will be almost another year before we have another batch of raspberry wine back in stock.  At this time we are not certain if we will be able to acquire enough black or red raspberries to make a 2016 vintage.

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How can I be a craft or food vendor at Valenzano events?

Valenzano Winery hosts and participates in dozens of festivals in south Jersey every year.  At many of these events we partner with unique vendors, crafters, food trucks and restaurants.

If you want to be considered as a craft vendor or food truck for one of our events, the best place to start is on the event page of the event your are seeking participation in.  All of our events are posted at valenzanowine.com/events .  If we are in the process of accepting vendors for these events there will be a link on each specific event page.    If you see an event posted that does not have any links to be a crafter or food vendor than 1) we may not have applications available yet, or 2) vending opportunities are sold out.   Your best way to know which of the two is the case is by signing up for our newsletter (at the bottom of this page) or by liking our facebook page.

With that said, the best way to become a  part of Valenzano Winery events is to stop by the winery during business hours, introduce yourself, and join us for a wine tasting.  Meeting our staff, managers and customers goes a long way and allows you to see why Valenzano Family Winery has become a destination in south Jersey.  Our goal is to only work with high quality and extremely reputable businesses.  Taking the time to support our brand, meet our team, and introduce your company will seperate you from other vendors.  Calling on the phone or sending us a Facebook message may work if we are looking for exactly what you have; but it is not very often that we are actively seeking new vendors.  We prefer long term relationships with out vendors.  Learning about our wines and our winery is the first step to build this relationship.

If you are a food truck and want to sign up for our ‘food truck email list’ please email pictures of your rig, menus and any other promo material to [email protected] with ‘food truck’ in the subject line.  If we are short food vendors for specific events we will send out an email to this contact list listing vending opportunities.   Keep in mind that this email will be sent after the original announcements through our main newsletter and our facebook page.