Spirit Cruises Summer 2019 Leaderboard

Exploring Coeur d'Est, a Unique, Blended New Jersey Wine

by Robin Shreeves on Sep 24, 2015 in Wine

When you’re visiting the wineries of South Jersey’s Outer Coastal Plain, make sure you ask at each winery if they bottle Coeur d’Est, a red wine blend made exclusively from grapes grown in the region. The wine is a collaboration between some of the member wineries of the Outer Coastal Plain American Viticultural Avea (AVA).

If you didn’t know the wineries in the region were part of an AVA, you’re not alone. This blend is one of the ways they are working together to get the word out that New Jersey makes premium wine.

“Knowing we needed to identify the area somehow, we chose to make this blend.” said Jim Quarella, President of the Outer Coastal Plain Vineyard Association and founder of Bellview Winery in Landisville, NJ. “We knew it had to be a quality wine.”

To get wine lovers in the region excited about the blend, the OCPVA held a naming contest. Well over 100 submissions came in, and Coeur d’Est was the winner. The name (pronounced ker dest) is French for Heart of the East. The wine is made from grape varieties that are the heart of the wine growing region and many of them are French in origin.

To ensure quality, participating wineries must submit blends to the Beverage Tasting Institute. The wine must earn a silver medal (a rating of 85) or better to be eligible for the Coeur d’Est label. They must also must follow the guidelines for the blend to create their own Coeur d’Est, deciding which percentage of the grapes to use in their wine. The blend must use Chambourcin, a grape that grows exceptionally well in the region.

“Chambourcin is what gives us our uniqueness in the blend,” said Quarella.

The grape can be 25 percent to 50 percent of the blend and each winemaker has the option to blend it with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and/or Petite Verdot - all grapes that consistently produce well in the region.

Blend Composition
Permitted Varieties
Variety %

75% - 100% of blend
Chambourcin
Cabernet Franc
Merlot
25%-50%
0% - 50%
0% - 50%

Up to 25% of blend
Cabernet Sauvignon
Syrah
Petit Verdot
0% - 25%
0% - 25%
0% - 15%

The first Grand Tasting of Coeur d’Est happened a little over a year ago with nine wineries pouring their blends. There are currently four wineries still selling the first bottling: Bellview Winery, Sharrott Winery, Auburn Road Vineyard, and Heritage Vineyards.

I had the opportunity do a tasting of Sharrott’s Coeur d’Est ($34.99), a 50/50 blend of Chambourcin and Cabernet Franc. The wine begins dry on the palate (that’s the Chambourcin) and bursts with a lovely, berry juiciness on the finish (that’s the Cabernet Franc). It would pair well with beef or a hearty red-sauced meat and pasta dish. The Beverage Tasting Institute awarded it 92 points and a gold medal. It’s definitely an example of what Coeur d’Est is meant to be, a wine that shows New Jersey can produce a quality, premium wine. 

Top photo via Heritage Vineyards; Coeur d'Est photo by Jennifer Malme, Sharrott Winery


Tags: Wine
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Philly Cider Week Returns This Year, October 26-31

Philly Cider Week Returns This Year, October 26-31

Cider fans rejoice because after taking a hiatus last year, Philly Cider Week is back for it's third year....read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 14, 2021
Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Whether it's to enjoy the first warm breezes of spring or the unexpected sunshine of a crisp day in fall, Philadelphia is full of great places to drin...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 11, 2019
 Victory's New Philadelphia Brewery on the Parkway to Open this Fall

Victory's New Philadelphia Brewery on the Parkway to Open this Fall

Victory Brewing Co. is opening its first Philadelphia taproom and brewery in the heart of Center City at 1776 ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 12, 2021
SPONSORED
The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

Here it is - the definitive list of Philadelphia's best cocktail bars....read more ›

by Drink Philly Dec 13, 2017
Drink Philly's Red, White, & Blue Boat Party, July 1

Drink Philly's Red, White, & Blue Boat Party, July 1

Party on a yacht down the Delaware River in style with a three hour open bar, a dinner buffet, and a live DJ all included with your ticket....read more ›

by Drink Philly Jun 4, 2021
Local Winery Spotlight: Vox Vineti Wines

Local Winery Spotlight: Vox Vineti Wines

Ed Lazzerini says his goal is clear - to make world class wine in Pennsylvania. From the taste of it, he is well on his way. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 21, 2020
The History of The Boulevardier Cocktail - and How You Can Make it at Home

The History of The Boulevardier Cocktail - and How You Can Make it at Home

In this history segment, we take a closer look at a classic cocktail: The Boulevardier....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Nov 2, 2020
PA Voter Project Seeks to Pay Unemployed Restaurant Workers to Work Election Polls

PA Voter Project Seeks to Pay Unemployed Restaurant Workers to Work Election Polls

Power the Polls PA is looking for unemployed restaurant workers to work the polls and will pay for their time....read more ›

by Drink Philly Sep 16, 2020
Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Whether it's for the holidays or you have a special birthday coming up, Philadelphia has some amazing options when it comes to event spaces. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 26, 2018
You Can Now Get Cocktails To-Go in Center City Philadelphia

You Can Now Get Cocktails To-Go in Center City Philadelphia

Restaurants throughout the Center City limits are offering pre-made cocktails in special take out containers...read more ›

by Drink Philly Jul 18, 2020
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close