Salem Community College and Salem Oak Vineyards will present an introduction to viticulture (the study of grape cultivation) and enology (the study of wines) class on Wednesday, July 26.
“Quench Your Thirst: Learn to Taste NJ Wine” will run from 6 – 9:30 p.m. at Salem Oak Vineyards, 60 N. Railroad Road, Pedricktown, N.J, less than three miles from Exit 7 of Interstate 295.
The cost of $75 per person includes class, dinner and wine tasting.
This overview of viticulture and enology will compare and contrast the land in the Outer Coastal Plain (southeastern New Jersey) to the soil in Bordeaux, France. Attendees will learn about the varieties of grapes grown in this region and wines that are produced from these varieties. The class will explore and develop wine-tasting palates and learn to heighten one’s senses to gain an understanding of the details of fine wine.
The Outer Coastal Plain is in the southeast portion of New Jersey and encompasses approximately 2,250,000 acres, and all or parts of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Cape May, Gloucester, Monmouth, Ocean, and Salem counties. This area has been approved by the US Department of the Treasury’s Alcohol, Tobacco, Tax, and Trade Bureau as an American Viticulture Area.
The class will be taught by Mandi Cassidy, the founder of Salem Oak Vineyards, a family-run vineyard farm. The 13-year-old operation was a two-time awardee (2009, 2011) of the USDA Value Added Producer Grant. Salem Oak Vineyard’s Strawberry Wine has been a recipient of the New Jersey State Bronze Medal.
A nurse for 30 years, Cassidy offers an expertise in quality assurance, compliance, and performance improvement that have contributed to her success as an entrepreneur. She is a member of the Garden State Grape Growers Association and earned a B.S. in Science of Nursing (Maxima Cum Laude) from LaSalle University.