There always seems to be a negative perception about New Jersey around the country.  So, it's nice when Jersey gets it's due props!

For example, the Beverage Testing Institute (BTI) recently gave a local wine a score of 97 and a platinum, according to an article in the Courier-Post.  Apparently, a 97 is the highest score the Institute has given over the past three years and only nine wines have achieved that score.  The local wine that received a 97 was Almathea Cellars' Europa I, which is "a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc."

Almathea Cellars is located in Atco, NJ and their award-winning Europa I costs just $29.99 a bottle.  That's no "3 Buck Chuck," but it is considerable less than other wines that earned high scores from the BTI.

You can find out more about Almathea Cellars here.