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Episode 59 – Auburn Road Vineyards, Winery and Enoteca – Scott and Julianne Donnini

This episode features Scott and Julianne Donnini of Auburn Road Vineyard and Winery.  “Growing grapes is an art.”

Scott and Julianne were both practicing attorneys in the City of Philadelphia.  They had reached a time in their lives where they did some searching about the life that they wanted for their future.  It was over a bottle of wine that the conversation of a winery took shape.  They had no idea how to farm, grow grapes or make wine.  They drew from their experiences in Italy to create a vision of what guided them to open Auburn Road.  When it opened in November of 2007 it was the 26th winery in New Jersey.  Today it thrives as a social hub, a mini vacation spot and a destination that transports you to experience some tremendously wonderful wines.  117 Sharptown-Auburn Rd, Pilesgrove, NJ 08098 – (856) 769-9463 – www.AuburnRoadVineyards.comFacebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

St Joeseph’s University

Villanova University

Old City

Queen Village

Home Sweet Homebrew

Sylvin Farms Winery – Frank Salek

Tomasello Winery

Valenzano Winery

Cape May Winery

William Heritage Winery

Vintage Atlantic Wine Region

Reopenings

Garden State Wine Growers Association

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Caroline Mortimer

Campari

Hammonton ~ “Brewberry” Capital of the World

Hammonton New Jersey is the blueberry capital of the world. Just off of the Atlantic City Expressway and halfway between Philly and Atlantic City this berry meca is producing some first class beer. You can reach it by NJ transit if you prefer not to drive. Everything is within walking distance and most certainly worth the trip. This little town has so much to offer… Sensational Cannolis at Mannino’s Cannoli Express, Shopping, delicious Mexican dining and plenty of Italian food to choose from.

Still in the midst of the Covid shut down the business’s on the main streets struggle to keep the lights on and the doors open. Small business here is doing what they can with the restrictions that have been placed on them. That doesn’t appear to be deterring the production of beer. With 3 craft breweries there is soo much variety to choose from.

Our Hammonton Fermented Adventure started at Vinyl Brewing Company. They had a few tables set up outside and an area for curbside pick up. The highlight for us was being able to sit down at the bar and feel almost normal. It was the first day in months that they were allowed to be open for inside seating. We are big fans of sours and they definitely didn’t disappoint. We tried The DAG (Gose w/yogart, sea salt, coriander & Lime), He wears t-shirts sometimes (Hoppy Cream Ale), Daily Grind (Coffee Milk Stout) and Looks Good on You Though (Hammonton Blueberry Saison). Don’t worry IPA fans there are plenty there to satisfy you too.

Vinyl Brewing Co. – 300B 12th Street, Hammonton, NJ 08037 – 609-666-5460

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Just a short trip up the Main Street is Chimney Rustic Ales. They created a nice outdoor garden area complete with herbs and hot peppers. At this point on our little visit the sun was starting to set. The beer we picked was a perfect compliment to the sunset. Brined Melon (Cucumber-Lime Gose) Which apparently was inspired by a favorite cocktail. Burn-one-Down is a sensational barrel aged smoked ale. They used Wild Turkey Barrels on this one. The Griz (Lemongrass Grisette) was spot on. This brewery is hitting all of the right notes.

Chimney Rustic Ales – 15 Horton Street, Hammonton, NJ 08037

– 609-270-7454

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Not even a mile away is Three 3’s Brewing Co. They have the largest outdoor seating area of the 3 breweries that we visited. The area is a perfect beer garden setting. The moon and stars began to appear. It was a crisp Summer Jersey night. The Chocolate Raspberry Stout and The Trifecta Saison (Blueberries, Strawberries and Blackberries) were perfect to complete our incredible visit to Hammonton. Well balanced and loaded with flavor.

Three 3’s Brewing Co. – 50 13th Street, Hammonton, NJ 08037- 732-814-1396

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OK, so we were not done yet. Any Fermented Adventure needs food. Just on the other side of the railroad tracks from Three 3’s is Ricca’s Brick Oven. If your still in the mood for Beer, Wine and Cocktails they have a full bar and they are featuring local pours. You can take out or eat in. The pizza is legit. We had the Mom’s Meatball Supreme.

Ricca Brothers Brick OvenPizzeria – 104 Fairway Avenue,

Hammonton, NJ 08037

-609-704-7070

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Thanks to all of the welcoming and friendly people that we got to meet on our journey. We can’t wait to come back and see you again.

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