Stony Brook Blush

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At A Glance:
medium body, semi-sweet, light, fruity, cherry,
A bottle of Stony Brook Blush wine produced by Hopewell Valley Vineyards - one of many New Jersey wineries

Medium-bodied and pleasantly sweet, our Stony Brook Blush is a light and fruity wine with accents of cherries and strawberries. Great with appetizers, mild cheeses, ham, turkey, and fruit salads. Serve chilled at 45 degrees. The Stony Brook Blush has traditionally being made by blending 95% Vidal with 5% Chambourcin. The 2015 vintage however has been created by blending only 30% Vidal with 70% Chambourcin where the red grapes were pressed immediately after harvest and separated from the skins (blanc de noir method “white of red”). This also explains the darker color. It is possible that we’ll continue to produce the Blush this way.


Perhaps due to my European background, this is, in my eyes, a true rose wine, dry and light. This is an estate wine that is blended with Vidal Blanc and Chambourcin. When I started making blush, I said I wanna make an Italian/European rose. Many people got confused, those that like dry wines wouldn't try it because they assumed it would be sweet. Those that like sweet would try it and get disappointed. White Merlot is more accurately a blush. And our blush wine is actually a rose. Talk about confusing! Oh well, the names stuck! With blush wine you cn expect more the American sweet rose. When you say rose you expect a European dry.  So I experimented for years, sometimes sweeter, sometimes drier, then with time, the last several years, people have gotten accustomed to drier rose wines, and I introduced our two roses to represent both types of rose wine. Our Stony Brook Blush has recently won the Best Rose at the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition. We were awarded in Washington D.C. from our congressman Rush Holt.


Silver - International Eastern Wine Competition
Bronze - Finger Lakes Wine Competition
Bronze - Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition

Bronze - Finger Lakes Wine Competition
Silver - International Eastern Wine Competition

Bronze - Finger Lakes Wine Competition

Gold - Best of Category (Blush/Rose Hybrid) - Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition
Bronze - Finger Lakes Wine Competition
Bronze - New Jersey Wine Competition

Bronze - Florida State Fair International Wine Competition 
Bronze - International Eastern Wine Competition

Bronze - New Jersey Wine Competition