Are you looking for a fun way to incorporate local flavor into your next event? Check out some of the local New Jersey wines. Located in Hightstown in central New Jersey, Working Dog winery has some of the best bottles in the state. In fact, in a blind taste test, Working Dog wines beat some of the top European competitors. Read that again: A New Jersey winery is producing wines that best the European ones! It’s a fun talking point and ice breaker for groups to do a wine tasting. Eating local foods is a much-talked-about trend, but drinking locally is quickly catching up.
The wine industry has exploded in Pennsylvania. From humble beginnings, the number of wineries has increased from as few as 12 in 1976 to over 200 in 2014. Pennsylvania now ranks fifth nationally in terms of grape production. There are six distinctly different regions, and five American Viticultural Areas (AVAs).
I attended the PATT, Pennsylvania Travel and Tourism, conference in Harrisburg two weeks ago. It was a great event that brought together CVB’s, hotel professionals and media professionals at the Harrisburg Hilton. One of the takeaways from the conference was that PA has slipped from its status as one of the most-visited states in the U.S. It’s dropped to 6 on the list. What a shame! The state has so much to offer, which I was reminded of at every turn. Wineries, state parks with fantastic hiking and biking trails, art and culture in our major cities and our small towns.