Unionville Vineyards Port Wine

Winter is coming and so is Port wine

November 20, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I know that is cliché to say, but it truly is a great time at Unionville. We’ve got all of our reds pressed and in barrel. Cooler, stainless-steel fermentations are finishing up in tank, I’m finally able to breathe a little easier, and wake up a little later. With the holidays upon us, the wine making team has a lot on the mind, but one thing standing out is the blending, bottling, and release of Vat #23 – the latest rendition of our opulent Port wine. 

Port has a storied history at Unionville – the fortified delight has been made at the winery since its first vintage in 1993, Before we delve into that, we have to talk a little about how Port is made and the different styles in which it can be presented. Port, named for its origin country, Portugal, is typically a sweet or medium-dry red wine, fortified with distilled grape spirit, then cellared and bottled at different times and in different ways to present specific stylizations. The two most recognizable presentations of Port wine are Ruby and Tawny Ports. Ruby styles are young wines usually aged for only a couple of years (or less). They’re released early to showcase juicy acidity and fruity characteristics of young wine with fuller mouthfeel and complexity

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: The Results

September 13, 2017

Since I started at Unionville 5 years ago, it has always been a goal to have our wines evaluated by top critics. In the years since, John Foy at the Star-Ledger has called our wines "Napa worthy," and Stuart Pigott, who freelances for James Suckling and Wine Business Monthly wrote that our Syrah was the best expression of the grape in the United States. T.J. Foderaro at Inside Jersey Magazine, Alan Richman (Saveur), Robin Shreeves (Cherry Hill Courier-Post), Rosie Saferstein (NJ Monthly), and the Trenton Times' Susan Yeske have all added their voices to the coalition of the willing in the last couple of years.

Having Unionville in the pages of one of the major wine magazines had remained elusive, until last summer when Mark Squires, East Coast wine critic for the Wine Advocate sat down and tasted...

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Our Crew Works Towards Grand Cru

Our Crew Works Towards Grand Cru

August 08, 2017

We are gearing up for harvest here at Unionville, with surefire signs like purpling Pinot Noir and golden Chardonnay reminding us that long hours, stained hands, and an opportunity to craft a whole new lot of sensational wine is just around the corner.

It is my favorite time of year. One of my favorite parts of working in a creative scientific field is our ability to...

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(culti)VAR WARS: RHONE WON

(culti)VAR WARS: RHONE WON

July 14, 2017

About ten years ago, the Amwell Ridge Vineyard was planted on the hill across from the winery. There were more varieties than you could count on two hands, and these varieties, while all French, come from all corners of that large country that has very different climate, weather, and soils from Bordeaux to Burgundy to Champagne, to the Rhone. Different parts of New Jersey share some similarities with each of these regions, but there are no perfect correlations between New Jersey's grape growing areas and the various viticulture zones of France. So the Ridge was planted to test plots of 11 different French varieties, and ten years later, we've drawn some conclusions...

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Springtime for Unionville

Springtime for Unionville

May 01, 2017

‘Newness’ has been the theme of Unionville for the past year or so, and this Spring is certainly no different. With days getting consistently warmer and sunnier, the grapevines are waking up from their long Winter’s nap in full force and with the emergence of new leaves and shoots comes a slew of growth and expansion for the winery.

The extremely harsh Winters of 2013 and 2014 were hard on...

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A Winter’s Tale

A Winter’s Tale

January 13, 2017

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The Unionville Holiday Playlist

The Unionville Holiday Playlist

December 19, 2016

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Tales of a Winery Intern

Tales of a Winery Intern

July 25, 2016

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Spring at Unionville

Spring at Unionville

May 13, 2016

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Vine Camp

Vine Camp

April 04, 2016

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2012 Pheasant Hill Chardonnay with Mussels in a Garlic and Tomato Broth

2012 Pheasant Hill Chardonnay with Mussels in a Garlic and Tomato Broth

December 15, 2015

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Unionville's Award Winning Rieslings Paired with Chicken Adobo Wings

Unionville's Award Winning Rieslings Paired with Chicken Adobo Wings

December 09, 2015

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