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The Grapes Behind Italian Red Wines

Happy #WineWednesday! Wine expert Joe Roberts explores the history of five Italian red wines and the regions in which they were born. If you are curious to learn more about your favorite grapes, then #HipNJ has got you covered, thanks to Fix.com.



Barbera offers lots of bright red fruit flavors, and carries the chocolate and vanilla aromas of oak aging very well. What’s more, it tends to make pretty good wine even at high farming yields, making it one of the easiest grapes to work with for winemakers.



Nebbiolo produces dynamic, complex, vibrant, and tightly wound wines that can take decades of aging to unfold. Expect dark red fruit flavors, and aromas of licorice, spices, rose petals, and even tar.



Sagrantino provides blackberry and black cherry fruit flavors, with hints of pine, smoky spices, and even wet earth. Look for Montefalco Sagrantino, and Montefalco Rosso (a slightly more approachable version).



Generally, the fruit flavors will be dark and savory, the structure will be potent, and the aromas will evoke roses and minerals. Look for wines from Taurasi, and Aglianico del Vulture.

Nero d’Avola


Nero d’Avola is a bit of a vinous chameleon, able to conjure up easy-drinking, everyday wines with plummy red fruit flavors, or more complex wines (often aged in some oak) that bring darker berry flavors and aromas of chocolate. Look for wines designated Sicilia to start your Nero drinking experiments.

Italian cuisine is known for its rich and delicious flavors, and the wine is no different. Next time you head to the liquor store, make sure you head straight to the Italian section and try a vino made with one of these delicious grapes!

National Authors’ Day

There are many great things that come from New Jersey but one of the most significant ones would be the authors. On National Authors’ Day we are acknowledging a few notable authors that are from the Garden State.

Judy Blume from Elizabeth 

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Harlan Coben from Newark

Book. Fingernails. Jennie, I like your style!

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Lisa Marie Latino from Fairfield

Philip Roth from Newark

Min Nobelpristagare & vad jag känner. #philiproth #nobelprize #dylanwho

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 Buzz Aldrin from Glen Ridge

Happy National Authors’ Day!

National Deep Fried Clams Day

Craving clams today? Well today is your special day since it is National Deep Fried Clams Day.  Here are some places throughout the Garden State to get deep fried clams.

Mr. Shrimp in Belmar

Rooney’s Oceanfront Dining in Long Branch

Clams and Oysters are 50% off. Sunday through Thursday. Day and Night. #Rooneys #LongBranch

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Jody’s Fishery in Neptune

Hand shucked fried whole belly clams #shellfish #clams #freshfish #jodysfishery #neptunenj

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Crab and Seafood Shack in Wildwood

#yess to #friedseafood from #CrabandSeafoodShack in #wildwoodnj. Always served in take out containers so you never even have to ask.

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Biggies Clam Bar in Carlstadt

#Biggiesclambar southern fried clams

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Happy clam hunting and enjoy some deep fried clams today!