2017 Guide to Pairing Sharrott Wine and Halloween Candy!

When it comes to Halloween, who says kids get to have all the fun? Use our handy guide for pairing Sharrott wine with your favorite candy. Make your Halloween a little more Wicked…

Skittles and Starburst – The fruity flavors of these candies pair well with a fruit-forward Pinot Grigio (like ours) or a semi-sweet Riesling.

Candy Corn – Love it or hate it, candy corn is a Halloween staple. Pair this buttery, sweet treat with Barrel Reserve Chardonnay or Vignoles.

Mounds and Almond Joy – Your kids won’t eat them, so we bet you do. Enjoy these with our Wicked Port-style wine.

Kit Kat – Try with a medium-weight red like Chambourcin or Trio.

Twix and Snickers – Chocolate, caramel, and nuts call for a substantial red like Coeur d’Est.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Butterfinger – These peanut butter based bars need only one wine – the grape jelly vibe of our Crimson Sky!

Do you have a favorite Sharrott wine and candy combination? Tell us in the comments below…

All wines mentioned here are available for sale in our Tasting Room or Online.

 

 

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Helping Hand For Those In Need

The owners and staff of Sharrott Winery ask you to join us in giving a ‘helping hand’ to those Americans affected by recent natural disasters. We have personally pledged to help the following causes and hope that you are able to make a donation as well. No donation is too large or too small!

 

Donate to Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria is the worst natural disaster to hit Puerto Rico in nearly a century. The island has virtually no running water or electricity; around 80 percent of the island’s crops have been destroyed. Hospitals are struggling to get supplies and care for those who need it most. Nearly all of the U.S. territory’s 3.4 million residents need assistance recovering from the storm.

Here’s how you can help:

United for Puerto Rico is an initiative brought forth by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María. 100% of the proceeds will go to helping the victims affected by these natural disasters in Puerto Rico. Click here to learn more and donate.

International Medical Corps – Hurricanes Irma and Maria have hit Caribbean nations and Florida with catastrophic force. We are responding in Puerto Rico, Florida, and across the Caribbean to ensure families are safe and have the resources they need to recover. Thousands will need emergency medical care, access to clean water and proper sanitation to help prevent the outbreak of cholera and other water-borne diseases.

Your gift will help emergency response teams provide lifesaving care and supplies to survivors. Click here to learn more and donate.

 

Donate to California Wildfire Relief

California wine industry leaders have formed a support network to provide immediate assistance and long-term aid to victims of the fires ravaging Northern California.

As members of the national wine making community, we at Sharrott Winery are asking wine lovers in New Jersey and beyond to help. Donations will provide much needed resources to those whose homes and livelihoods have been lost in the recent fire disaster.

Let’s show our California wine family that New Jersey wine lovers are #CAWineStrong!

Here’s how you can help:

Napa Valley Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund

Community Foundation of Sonoma County’s Resilience Fund

Thank you for your generous donation!

 

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Wine Tasting Etiquette 101

When you come to Sharrott Winery’s Tasting Room, we don’t expect you to know anything about our wines. Learning more about us and what we do is why you’re here! But there are a few unwritten rules of tasting that may be helpful to know. These tips work in any tasting room and will help make your wine tasting experience much more enjoyable.

Check the Website

A good tasting takes time and should not be rushed. If you don’t like crowds, you may want to visit on a weekday when the winery is generally less busy. Sometimes the winery will allow you to make a reservation, especially if you are bringing a large group. This insures that we have enough staff on hand to meet your needs and that you have a good time!

Rinse Sparingly

You don’t need to rinse your glass with water between every wine. Water will dilute your next taste much more than the little drop of wine left in your glass. Generally, we recommend that tasters rinse if they are moving from a red wine to a white wine.

Fragrance-Free Zone

Heavy perfumes or lotions really overwhelm the senses and can adversely affect a tasting. You won’t fully appreciate the wine, nor will the people standing close to you.

Sniff, Swirl, and Sip

When you taste a wine, make sure you sniff, swirl, and sip. The aroma of a wine plays a large part in how it tastes, and swirling releases the aromas as you sip the wine. If you do this, others around you will think you’re a wine-tasting pro!

Likes and Dislikes

Feel free to compliment a wine that you really like, but please refrain from trashing a wine that doesn’t suit you. Just quietly dump it out and move on. Someone next to you might really like that wine, and we don’t like fights at the bar!

Have Fun!

Wine tastings are wonderful, social events that bring together a wide variety of people with a wide variety of tastes. It’s fun to bond with complete strangers over the sweet nectar of the grape!

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Sharrott Wines Win 8 Medals at 2017 Finger Lakes International

The 16th annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition was held at the Rochester Holiday Inn, March 24-26, 2017 in Rochester, NY. Known as the world’s largest wine competition to support a charity, it is open to all commercial wineries from all wine-producing countries.

3,077 wines were entered from 621 wineries and 16 countries.

All proceeds from the competition and subsequent events benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and families all over the world, whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life-threatening challenges. Located in the heart of New York State’s Finger Lakes wine country, the Camp offers residential programs, year-round activities, and events for adults and children.

We are pleased to announce that Sharrott’s Tango, our red blend, was awarded a Gold Medal at this year’s competition. Fan favorites Riesling and Barrel Reserve Chardonnay won Silver. Overall, Sharrott wines won 8 medals!

According to our owner and wine maker, Larry Sharrott II, “Winning a medal at a competition of this caliber is an indication that we are producing quality wines that can stand with any wine in the United States or the World.”

“We are pleased to be recognized by the Finger Lakes International judges for our efforts,” he adds.

For a full list of our award winners, visit our Awards Page.

To purchase our award-winners, visit our Tasting Room or Online Store.

 

 

 

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Sharrott Wines for Your Spring Holiday Celebrations

No matter what holidays you celebrate this Spring, we have you covered with our recommended Sharrott Wine pairings!

Easter Egg Hunt

Appetizers:

  • Vegetables, spinach dip – Pinot Grigio, Vidal Blanc
  • Cheese, cheese-based casseroles – Barrel Reserve Chardonnay
  • Hard boiled eggs, quiche – Vidal Blanc, Unoaked Chardonnay
  • Deviled eggs – Pinot Grigio, Dry Riesling
  • Cold cuts – Dry Rose, Cabernet Franc, Trio
  • Sauteed greens, salad – Vidal Blanc, Dry Rose

Main Course:

  • Honey glazed ham – Dry Riesling, Riesling
  • Pepper-crusted ham – Tango, Chambourcin, Coeur d’Est
  • Raspberry glazed ham – Chambourcin, Crimson Sky
  • Pork Loin or chop – Dry Riesling, Vignoles
  • Roast beef – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tango, Trio
  • Lamb – Cabernet Franc, Coeur d’Est

Dessert:

  • Chocolate cake, candy – Crimson Sky, Wicked
  • Coconut cake – Vignoles, Just Peachy Sangria
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