Blessington

($5/$12/10.80)

Our sweet red wine made from juicy Concord grapes. Best served chilled. Remember sitting under your grandfather’s grape arbor … ?

THE GRAPES:

  • Blessington is made from Concord grapes. Concord is a variety of the North
    American grape species Vitis labrusca.
  • As a native grape to this area, it produces large crops and is plentiful for juice
    and wine production.

THE WINE:

    • Concord grapes make fruity red wines bursting with grape aromas and flavors.
    • Although a red wine, the juice is fermented more like a white wine in SS tanks at
      cold temperatures below 60 degrees. It does not go into barrel. It does not go
      through malolactic fermentation.
    • The wine should be served slightly chilled to 60 degrees.
    • It has 5.5% residual sugar and about 12% alcohol.

THE NAME:

  • The name Blessington comes from the name of the original farm located near
    what is now Sharptown, New Jersey. Sharptown is where Cowtown Rodeo is
    located.
  • The name is in honor of our neighbors…the cowboys, ranchers, farmers and
    Native Americans who called this land home and continue to honor it and make a
    living from it.
  • Carolyn Mortimer, a local artist and teacher, created the painting used for this
    label. It hangs in the Enoteca. In addition to being an amazing artist with many
    works on display in the Enoteca, she is a resident of Sharptown.

AWARDS:

  • BTI Regional Review – 2018 GOLD, 2017 Silver, 2016 Silver, 2012 Silver
  • BTI World Wine Championships – 2015 Silver, 2014 Silver
  • The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – 2019 Bronze
  • American Wine Society Wine Competition – 2012 Silver
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition – 2017 Bronze, 2016 Silver, 2014
    Silver
  • BTI NJ Wine Competition – 2018 Silver
  • NJ Wine Competition – 2015 Silver

Recipes

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients (6 balls):

½ cup melted butter, melted
1 ½ cups peanut butter
2 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 cup chocolate chips, enough for dipping

Directions

  • Mix butter, peanut butter, and powdered sugar until well blended. More or less powdered sugar can be used to make mixture more or less dry.
  • Make 1 inch balls and freeze for about 20 minutes or until firm.
  • Microwave chocolate chips for 60 seconds, stopping every 15 seconds to check and stir. Adding some vegetable shortening can make the chocolate thinner and easier work with.
  • Remove balls from freezer and dip most of the way into the chocolate, coating all but a small circle on top. Using a toothpick for this works well but simply dipping it in and pulling it out with a fork also works. Place completed buckeyes on wax paper and allow to harden. Refrigerate if needed.
  • Enjoy!

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