2018 San Francisco Chronicle Awards
After receiving nearly 7,000 entries from 36 states across the country, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world, has once again narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few, with our Cabernet Franc NJ 2016 winning Silver, our Black River Red 2016 winning Bronze and our Petite Syrah 2016 also winning Bronze.
More great news for New Jersey residents:
Sky Acres Wines are now available at Berkeley Wine Company in Bernardsville!
Berkeley Wine Company
79 Morristown Rd
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Great news for New Jersey residents:
Sky Acres Wines are now available at Shop Rite Wines in Chester!
Shop Rite Wines & Spirits
120 US 206 South
Chester, NJ 07930
It’s in the Bag
A former pharma exec’s invention aims to take the mess out of winemaking.
By Marlaina Cockcroft
Vijay and Meera Singh want to clean up the winemaking business. “It’s just a mess,” says Vijay, a former pharmaceutical executive. “It’s so dirty a job.” His solution: a machine that ferments at the touch of a button. “In a funny way, our wine is made kind of like a pharma process,” says Singh. “Everything is clean, closed, sterile. No muck, no dirt.” At the heart of the process is GOfermentor, a machine he invented to automate winemaking. A number of wineries have given GOfermentor a spin, and wines produced using the machine at Sky Acres, the Singhs’ winery in Far Hills, have been honored in international competitions.
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According to NY Times writer and wine enthusiast Adam Davidson, NJ is on its way to becoming the Napa Valley of the East Coast. FunNewJersey.com has put together the definitive guide to wine tasting in NJ complete with a NJ winery map.
San Francisco Chronicle Awards
After receiving 7,000 entries from 28 states across the country, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, hailed as the largest competition of American wines in the world, has once again successfully narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few, with our Cabernet Franc NJ 2015 winning Gold, our Black River Red 2015 winning Silver and our Petite Syrah 2015 winning the Bronze.
Cabernet Franc NJ 2015
Black River Red 2015
Petite Syrah 2015
Artisan Awards Wine Competition attracts brands from all over the world. Experienced expert judging panel blind-tasted and judged on 100-point scale.
Petite Syrah 2015 wins Gold
Black River Red wins Silver
Harvest Challenge Award
At the Harvest Challenge, judges taste wines with other wines of the same appellation. Thus, with cross-regional competition removed, the inherent quality of wines can be seen without the influences that sometimes eclipse even a wine of very high quality.
Petite Syrah 2014 wins Bronze
The story of Sky Acres Winery in the Black River Journal Late Summer 2016
By C.G. Wolfe
The tranquil, monophonic intones of Gregorian chants washed over the blushing Petite Syrahs and Cabernet Francs at Sky Acres Winery in Bedminster. Winding down the long drive of the property’s anonymous entrance in Somerset County’s “horse country,” the only hint that you are approaching a winery, is a neatly arrayed, three-acre vineyard of sprouting shoots and twisting tendrils. At Sky Acres, there are no tanks, traditional presses, cooperages, wastewater treatment facilities, or other machinery and outbuildings typically associated with commercial wine production. Utilizing an innovative, sustainable, and forward-thinking new process of winemaking, vintners Meera and Vijay Singh, have compressed their entire winery into the spotless stalls of an immaculately converted, pre-existing horse stable, abutted by woods, rolling green fields, and a tidy chicken coop, creating a “zero footprint winery.”
Vijay Singh describes himself as a “lazy” person, an odd claim for a world-recognized biotech scientist who holds more than 20 patents, has published hundreds of papers, and who revolutionized the production of biopharmaceuticals in the late 1990s, with the Wave Bioreactor, a low cost, labor-saving, innovation in cell cultivation that is used in nearly every biotech/pharmaceutical manufacturing company today.
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The GOfermentor enables quality improvement in small wineries
By Richard Carey
Small wineries have multitudinous obstacles when making high-quality wines. In many respects, as home winemakers who have become commercial winemakers will attest, it is easier to make 5,000 gallons of quality wine than it is to make 5 gallons. So much of winemaking is influenced by scale. The smaller the vessel in which wine is produced and stored until bottling, the more the negative influences (such as oxygen) can detract from the quality of the wine. It has to do with surface-to-volume ratios, the opening and closing of the vessel and many other factors. For example, it takes the same amount of time to open a 5-gallon vessel, remove a sample for analysis and close the container as it does to open and close a 5,000-gallon vessel. But the impact on the wine is many times greater in the 5-gallon vessel.
Consequently, new techniques for managing small-lot production are some of the more important introductions to the wine industry. Small wineries are the backbone of the industry, and the creative outlet they bring to the industry is important for its development and management. Additionally, methods that aid in quality development often require expensive equipment that small wineries cannot afford. They can also take time away from other winemaking practices, which compromises quality. Technology that can help achieve the goal of better wine for smaller wineries can be transformative.
Just prior to the 2015 harvest, I learned about an intriguing new way to manage fermentations in small wineries. Vijay Singh, an entrepreneur who sold his biomedical business and started his own winery, had developed a different technique for use with small to medium-sized fermentations.
The product, known as GOfermentor, is designed to minimize water use and to help with the natural “messiness” of harvest. Singh’s product was in the latter stages of development, but I had the opportunity to use one of his systems during the 2015 harvest, and I have spoken with others who are testing the system. The theory behind the GOfermentor is to contain the juice during fermentation in a bag that is large enough to hold 1 ton of grapes and can be sealed off from exposure to air. The bag is supported by a specially designed bin similar in size to a 1-ton harvest bin.
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We are pleased to announce that Sky Acres Winery won two awards at the prestigious Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. Our acclaimed Petite Syrah 2014, and our Black River Red both took home Silver Medals. There were over 3,824 entries.
We are happy to announce that we won two awards at the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle wine contest. Our acclaimed Petite Syrah 2014 took the bronze in the under $ 24.95 category. Not an insignificant achievement for a wine made in NJ in our first year of production! There were over 7100 entries, including thousands from Napa, Washington, and other well know appellations.
We also won best-of-class gold for our wine label series.